Campus to Coast (C2C160) is a paddle sport adventure race put on by the Michigan State University Outdoors Club. The race starts on MSU’s campus at the Rock, following the Red Cedar River into the Grand River and out through Grand Haven, finishing at Grand Haven State Park. The race is approximately 160 miles, with estimations of the fastest times being anywhere from 26-40 hours, depending on the river conditions, and 57 hours being the cut-off time. This race also contains 7 portages, along with one section where racers must “canoe line” a small section of fall over dams.
The first time Campus to Coast was an official public race was in 2013. There were several challenges that had to be overcome to put on this race. Clinton Adams, a MSU alumni, put a lot of effort and hard work into making sure that Campus to Coast was happening as an official race. There was even an oil spill on the Grand River just a few days before the race! Tim Muhich, another MSU alumni and former Outdoor Club president, had the initial idea for a paddle event. In 2011 and 2012 it was a outdoor club event, titled “Campus to Coast Canoe Safari”.
Our race has been listed among the Top 25 ultra distance paddeling races in North America.