The starting point for this route is at the town of Harbor Springs, MI.
Don't let my time fool you. This is a very runnable course. The winner came in under 3 hours so most of the course you can run fast - really fast! It's not an extremely technical course which makes it easier even given a few larger hills.
The area is really fun and it makes for a great weekend away. If you have not run this race yet, it's something you need to put on your list.
Sign up is through Active dot com and really easy. We were all signed up for the marathon. Holiday Inn Express packet pickup We saw more literature about their races along with seeing our friend, Susan, on the papers. It's cool to see someone you know on the race information. Our friend Susan everywhere!
As with all of Great Lakes Endurance races, packet pickup is very simple. They log you into the system via an iPad and assign a bib number for you. You get your tech shirt and you are good to go.
They also offered last years shirts as well as this years shirt to choose. A nice option if you wanted a different color.
Packets We talked to Jeff, the race director, for a few minutes and he told us a little about the course and where to get some great pictures. That was certainly no issue on Grand Island as the scenery is spectacular!
He gave me a particular spot at mile 15 and boy was he right - it was awesome! Nutrition The race company had all the literature out for the maps of the race as well as the shuttle schedule. Included in your race entry was pickup and drop off of runners from their hotels or campgrounds not all but most in the area.
It made things very easy in the morning since we didn't need to drive to the boat launch. We literally waited a minute each time and the shuttle was a nice touch. Maps Race Area As I mentioned, we started our day on Friday morning to make the seven hour drive to the area.
The car was packed and we were ready to go camping for the weekend. An awesome camping and running weekend! Kevin, me and Dave Since our buddy, Kevin, had never been to Hartwick Pines State Park, we made a slight detour on the way up north to see the park.
It really is a nice gem and I'd love to go back and camp there. Hartwick Pines There was a logger museum there as well as huge trees to see. It was a nice side trip but added about an hour to our drive up.
Logger museum Soon we were in Mackinaw and crossing over into the Upper Peninsula. Mackinaw Bridge We made a quick stop after the bridge to a rest stop and it happened to be the Northernmost Point of Lake Michigan. It was a great view of the water. We made reservations at the Munising Tourist Campground back in February which is just a mile down the road from packet pickup and the boat launch to Grand Island.
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