MUD, WIND AND FIRE CHALLENGES MORE THAN 600 RACERS IN EXTREME 5K

Chilly Weather and Persistent Rain Added to the Appeal of the Second Annual ERX Extreme 5K as Competitors Relished at the Chance to Overcome 18-Obstacles and Mother Nature

Elk River, Minn. May 21, 2019Oversized tires, sunken logs, vertical walls and muddy trenches; turns out those obstacles were just the tip of the iceberg for the 600-plus participants in this year’s ERX Extreme 5K. Mother Nature added to the challenge with frigid temps, a steady drizzle and gusty winds, making the second annual event truly extreme.

With nearly triple the number of participants from last year (619), it was apparent the challenging course woven throughout the 400-acre ERX Motor Park facility easily trumped the less than ideal weather. Participants ranged in age from 10 to 69, and a total of 48 teams participated along with individuals.

“No one seemed to mind the cold and rain,” said Extreme 5K Race Director, Morgan Mogler. “Everyone was cheering and having a great time…the weather was just another challenge to overcome.”

The participant who overcame those challenges with the best time was Micah Dorfner of Mankato, Minnesota who completed the course in just over 28-minutes, with an official time of 28:03. Leading the women across the line was Elk River’s own Hilary Gracik with a time of 30:59. The top placing team was the Muddy Buddies with an average team time of 37:50.

First Place finisher Micah Dorfner crossing the finish line to victory

 

2019 ERX Extreme 5K Results by Class:

5K Overall

Male: Micah Dorfner – 28:03

Female: Hilary Gracik – 30:59

 

18 and Under

Male: Cade Bondhus – 29:36

Female: Baijla Graeber – 41:44

 

19-29

Male: Aaron Zappa – 29.30

Female: Hilary Gracik – 30:59

 

30-39

Male: Michah Dorfner – 28:03

Female: Cynthia Stevenson – 38:37

 

40-49

Male: Kevin Reemts – 30:37

Female: Kami Teters – 38:36

 

50 and Over

Male: Chuck Thompson – 38:26

Female: Jenelle Ewald – 46:34

 

Teams

1st – Muddy Buddies – 37:50

2nd – Variety Pack – 38:53

3rd – Nerstrand Warriors – 41:51

 

For Complete Results: http://bit.ly/2019ERX5KResults

To View Event Photos: http://bit.ly/Extreme5KPhotos

 

Now with the pounding of athletic shoes complete – hooves will be making noise at ERX as Bull and Barrels showcases some of the best professional bull riding, bull fighting and barrel racing in the Midwest in less than two weeks – Saturday, June 1, 2019. Discount tickets are on sale now with adults just $12 and kids ages 6-12 just $8. Day of event prices will be $15 and $10, respectively. Children 5 and under are free. To learn more, purchase tickets and to sign-up for future updates visit: www.erxmotorpark.com.

About ERX Motor Park:

ERX Motor Park is the Midwest’s premier year-round motorsports and event facility, featuring off-road and snowmobile racing, our very own Beater-X® series, concerts, charitable events and so much more. For a full list of events, visit erxmotorpark.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR 2019 ERX EXTREME 5K RUN

Partnership with Jeff Hill Legacy Fund Brings Bigger Purpose to Second Year Event

Elk River, Minn. January 28, 2019 – Challenge yourself this spring when the ERX Extreme 5K run returns with bigger obstacles and a bigger purpose. Last year’s event was an immediate success with more than 235 participants completing the run and its 16 obstacles. This year’s event is scheduled for May 18 and will further test runners with new challenges along with returning faves.

“Nothing but muddy smiles,” said ERX marketing manager Taylor Carlson referring to the mood after last year’s run. “For a first year event we couldn’t have been more pleased. We had positive feedback from everyone we talked to and they all couldn’t wait for the next one. This year we’re looking to make the course even more extreme and the post-race activities even better.”

A major addition to this year’s Extreme 5K is a newly formed partnership with the Jeff Hill Legacy Fund of Elk River. The foundation serves to honor the memory of Captain Jeff Hill who was killed in a C-17 plane crash in 2010. Led by his wife Rachael Hill, the organization provides financial assistance for educational expenses to young cadets in the United States Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. With a matching donation available from ERX, participants will have a chance to make a donation to the foundation when the register online and during the event.

 “We always want to involve the local community in any way we can,” said ERX co-owner Todd Plaisted. “Supporting the young men and women who dedicate themselves to serve this country is something that is really close to our hearts. We’re also hoping to do something special for local cadets during the event.”

Registration for the 2019 ERX Extreme 5K is open now and includes an event t-shirt, a cold beverage after the race and access to post event photos. Early registration is encouraged to receive significant savings up to $30 compared to day-of-event registration. “We’re expecting a strong turn-out this year,” said Carlson. “And we’re encouraging early registrants to donate their savings to the Jeff Hill Legacy Fund.”

ERX Extreme 5K Registration Fees:

  • Now till February 28: $40
  • March 1 – April 30:     $50
  • May 1 – May 15:          $60
  • Day of Race:                $70

To register visit erxmotorpark.com; and to learn more about the Jeff Hill foundation visit jeffhilllegacyfund.com

About ERX Motor Park:

ERX Motor Park is the Midwest’s premier year-round motorsports and event facility, featuring off-road and snowmobile racing, our very own Beater-X® series, concerts, charitable events and so much more. For a full list of events, visit erxmotorpark.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

2019 ERX EXTRMEME 5K DATE ANNOUNCED

ERX EXTREME 5K RETURNS MAY 18

When it comes to extreme terrain, we wrote the book on it. From professional off-road truck racing, to snocross, monster trucks, and so much more, extreme is not only in our name, it’s who we are. With more than 400 acres of rolling terrain and thick woods at our disposal, our course building experts have developed an obstacle circuit that’s monstrous in scope, extreme in design and infused with a family fun atmosphere that our events are known for.

The ERX Extreme 5K will challenge and reward participants of all ages and skill levels. Featuring 16 obstacles, professional timing, a dedicated youth course, and an after-party.

Stay tuned for registration and more info! | ERX5K.com