SMART is committed to donating proceeds from the Blast to fellow adventure racer, Brian Matthews. We were deeply touched after hearing his story at the Kahtoola run. SMART pledges $500 if we get 80 racers (same number as last year) and additional $$$ for additional racers. We will also donate 100% of the race entries from the Infiterra Race Director's. Two Infiterra Race Director's entries would add $140 and all four would add $280 on top of the $500. Click on this link to learn more about the Matthews family.
2010 Update - A permanent orienteering course is installed at Pontiac Lake Recreation Area (PLRA)! The Southern Michigan Orienteering Club designed three different courses for PLRA. SMART used the proceeds from last years race to purchase posts and paint for orienteering markers. SMART marked and painted 25 posts and then hand dug the holes for the posts. The DNRE provided transportation to move the majority of posts out to the various locations.
SMART hopes that this encourages others to participate in Adventure Racing and Orienteering activities. Maps are available at SMOC.
First post installed at PLRA
2008 Update - SMART donated $1000 to the Mike Noble Athletic Scholarship Fund
The members of Southeastern Michigan Adventure Racing Team (SMART) believe it's important to give back to our community. Our way of giving back is to encourage an active lifestyle in our younger generation. We do that by contributing a portion of the proceeds from our event to the Mike Noble Athletic Scholarship. The scholarship is in memory of the brother of one of the SMART race organizers. It is given to a graduating high school student who has been active in sports and is pursuing a college degree.
A little bit about Mike. Mike Noble was only sixteen years old when he died in a car accident in 1982. His short life was filled with two passions for living - farming and playing sports. He was thrilled to make the varsity football team in his sophomore year of high school. Besides playing football, he also participated in basketball and baseball. His life ended way too soon but his memory has been kept alive by the creation of this athletic scholarship. Every year since 1983, the family has selected a graduating student and presented them with the scholarship. To apply for the scholarship, the students complete a form containing an essay about their life in sports and what they have learned from their involvement in sports. The scholarship is awarded during the high school awards ceremony which occurs several weeks before graduation.
In Loving Memory
Michael A. Noble
1966 - 1982