Is there a limit to the number of runners participating?

Yes, 400.  We recommend you sign up early.

Will the machinery be in operation on the day of the race?

No, the course will not have any trucks or machinery in operation on race day. The course will be groomed and safe for all participants as long as all safety procedures and directives are followed.

What kind of shoes should I wear?

Please, no open-toed shoes are allowed at the quarry. We highly recommend a good pair of tennis shoes for everyone who is in attendance at the Quarry Challenge and Fossil Walk, including spectators. 

Is this course stroller friendly?

Strollers are NOT allowed on the Quarry Challenge course, but we welcome off-road strollers for the Fossil Walk/Run.

Is the course pet-friendly?

Pets are NOT allowed due to safety concerns; service dogs are the exception.

How long do I have to complete the race?

You have 90 minutes to complete the 5k and 60 minutes to complete the Fossil Walk.

What are the award age groups?

Overall Male/Overall Female

Top 3 Male/Top 3 Female runners in each of the following age groups:

14 & Under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+

What time does the award ceremony begin?

The award ceremony begins at 10:30 am.

Am I allowed to transfer my registration?

Yes, you are able to transfer your registration if transferred by September 10th.

Please contact to do this.

Unfortunately, we are not able to provide a different t-shirt size than what was originally ordered. 

I was injured after registering for the race. Can I receive a refund or defer my registration until next year?

No – there will be NO refunds or deferments. We would love to have you volunteer with us at the race. Please contact for more information. 

What is included in my entry fee?

Your 5K race entry fee includes an event t-shirt, finisher's medal, award eligibility, post-race refreshments, access to aid stations, timed race results and downloadable pictures.

Your 1 Mile Fossil Walk entry fee includes Fossil Walk registration for up to six people, bucket and shovel for fossil digging areas, Friends of Mineralogy Inc, Midwest Chapter "Rock School" passport of completion, a chance to view the inside of the quarry, and participation in the Quarry Challenge after-party with bounce house & free food! Transportation for strollers will be provided. (Strollers allowed on Fossil Walk only - NO strollers allowed on 5K course.) 

Can I wear headphones on the course?

We discourage the use of headphones, but it is permitted.

Will the event go on rain or shine?

The event will go on rain or shine with only the possibility of delay in the event of lightning.

Is the course certified?

The course will be measured correctly but not certified. It is certifiably challenging, though!

Can I register on race day?

Yes, if the race is not sold out. Please check the Registration page for details.

Where do I pick up my packet?

Before Race Day

You can pick up your race packet on Saturday, September 22nd, from 8 am - 4 pm at the Village of South Rockwood campus.

5676 Carleton Rockwood Rd.
South Rockwood, MI 48179

Day of Race

You can also pick up your race packet the day of the race (6:45 am - 8:30 am) in the Community Room on the Village of South Rockwood/South Rockwood Library campus.
(This is the same location as parking/busing).

Where do I park for this event?

5676 Carleton Rockwood Rd.
South Rockwood, MI 48179

You will be shuttled to quarry by bus. Buses start running at 7:00am and the LAST BUS before race time leaves at 8:45am. We encourage you to get there early!

Returning buses will run until 12pm from the Quarry to the parking location.

Can someone else pick up my packet for me?

We strongly encourage all runners to pick up their own race packet. It is important for runners to verify their data and make any necessary changes. However, if it is not possible for you to pick-up your own packet, you may have someone pick it up for you. That person will be responsible for verifying personal race information (name, age, birthdate, etc.).

Where is the after-party?

Join us at the South Rockwood Library & Community Room campus afterward for a Quarry Challenge After Party, with fun, games, and food for adults and kids alike!

**This event takes place rain or shine. There are NO REFUNDS in the event of inclement weather.
All of our proceeds are to be donated to the Friends of the South Rockwood Library.

Our Sponsors


The Quarry Challenge would not be a success without the help of our amazing volunteers!

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For safety reasons, there will be NO parking at the quarry.

Busing will be provided from the Village of South Rockwood/South Rockwood Library campus to Sylvania Minerals.

Buses start at 7:00 am and the last bus leaves at 8:45 am.

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