First Annual Go Rogue Adventure race a success

Racers kayaking down the Rogue River. Photo by Mallory Chrisman

Racers run through Rockford; Kayak down the Rogue

Downtown Rockford was host to the first annual Go Rogue Adventure Racing event on Sunday, August 12th.

The race was a combination of equal parts running and kayaking. 130 Participants started their 3.5 Mile Run at Rockford Footwear Depot, made their way north on White Pine Trail to Camp Rockford. From there, they grabbed their kayaks, Clara Cookies and water bottles and started their 3.5 Mile Kayak down the Rogue River, back to Garden Club Park.

Starting Line at the first annual Go Rogue Adventure Race. Photo by Papa Razzi Sports Photography

Racers were treated to box lunches from Herman’s Boy and post-race refreshments compliments of Rockford Brewing Company at Garden Club Park after the race. 35 volunteers helped guide participants through each element of the race.

The first place finisher for the men was Paul Jozwiak, 33, of Belmont, with a finish time of 1:02:34. For the women Sarah Darnell, 41, of Rockford, finished first with a time of 1:12:24.

Priscilla Hansma, Race Director of Go Rogue & Owner of SheActive Boutique in Rockford said, “I am thrilled with how it all went.  I have wanted to make this race happen since I opened SheActive 4 years ago. It took having the right partner to make it all happen.”

Men’s first place finisher Paul Jozwiak. Photo by Mallory Chrisman

The race was for a good cause. Proceeds of Go Rogue will directly benefit Team Orphans. Team Orphans, a Rockford Charity, helps with adoption grants for kids with special needs.

Kaitlin Thornton, Race Director of Go Rogue and RunRockford, commented, “Our First Annual event couldn’t have gone any smoother.  Seeing the vision of Go Rogue go from pen and paper to race day reality was a big win for our active, thriving community. I am so blessed to have contributed to this project.”

Next year’s date has been announced for August 11th, 2019.

Registration will open in January 2019.

Visit www.goroguerockford.com for more information.