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September 29, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Dirty Feat Propels Geography Alum to List of 10 Young Professionals in Lansing

Timothy Schmitt, an Ohio University College of Arts & Sciences alum who majored in Geography, was named among 10 young professionals expected to contribute to in Lansing, Mich., over the next 10 years.

Schmitt is a community development analyst for the City of East Lansing. He graduated from Ohio University with a B.S. in Geography and Ohio State University with a master’s in City and Regional Planning. He co-founded a non-profit, The Capital Collective, aimed at putting on cool events to show off the regions hidden gems.

The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce and Grand River Connection named the Greater Lansing region’s top young professionals who are expected to contribute significantly over the next ten years.

The seventh annual “10 Over the Next Ten” were recognized Sept. 24 at the University Club of Michigan State University.

In 2012, Capitol Collective donated the proceeds of its Annual Dirty Feat—Greater Lansing’s urban adventure race—to two local Greater Lansing art venues, according to the City of East Lansing.

Tim Schmitt, vice president of Capitol Collective, said of the donation, “We (the Capitol Collective Board) view ourselves as being a part of this region and, as such, we want to do our part to support other important pieces of the region. So, this year we decided to distribute our proceeds to art venues. Last year we chose to support the Greater Lansing Food Bank. In general, we are just out there trying to make Greater Lansing a better place.”

Capitol Collective was formed three years ago and recently hosted its 3rd Annual Dirty Feat urban adventure race in the East Lansing/Lansing area. The race pits up to 300 racers (150 teams of two) against each other in an urban race that begins in the City of East Lansing and extends outward along the Red Cedar River, the south side of the MSU campus, downtown Lansing and throughout the City of Lansing. Racers do everything from canoeing to running/land navigation, biking, stair climbing and more. Mud is also always a guarantee. Interested community members can learn more about Dirty Feat at

In addition to Dirty Feat, Capitol Collective board members helped create and continue to support the Battlefield Brawl Flag Football Tournament and are also supporters of Ignite Lansing and the Capital City Film Festival.

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