Childrenz Challenge

Head down to Michigan International Speedway for a day in the mud that you and your kids will never forget. These mud-drenched obstacle courses offer children a chance to use strength, stamina and teamwork in a fun, low-pressure environment. The event benefits local education and awards cash prizes as high as $6,000 to schools and teachers with the highest percentages of student participation.

A Jackson Rite of Passage

Childrenz Challenge happens rain or shine, and features two courses: a 1.5-mile course for ages 4-8 and a 2-mile course for ages 9-13. In addition to twists and turns, the courses include mud mounds, slopes, tunnels, swings and more; over 20 kinds of obstacles total. Race volunteers will be present throughout the courses to ensure safety.

For the Parents

Enthusiastic spectators are encouraged! Families can cheer from “the sidelines” and take as many photos as they’d like. The great thing about this challenge is it isn’t a race, participation is the only thing that matters at the Childrenz Challenge. If kids can’t complete an obstacle, they can choose to go around it. There’s no pressure!

If you're traveling from far and away and require overnight accomodations please note the Super 8 Brooklyn is the Official Host Hotel of the Childrenz Challenge. For a complete list of Jackson County hotels please click here

Getting There

Michigan International Speedway is located in Brooklyn, about 20 miles south of Jackson. To register, visit

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