RACE DETAILS

 

Course Details

Take a point-to-point trip though beautiful Michigan wilderness while you travel along the Waterloo-Pinckney Trail, 55K of pure bliss. You will not get bored as you venture west passing by swamps, meadows, lakes and forests.

 

Please note there are sections you will pass through that are multi-use trail and horses or mountain bikes may be encountered. Horses should be approached in a slow/calm manner for safety.


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Packet Pickup & Schedule

Bib pickup: 6:00 a.m - 6:45 a.m. at Silver Lake

Pre-race announcements: 6:55 a.m.

Start: 7:00 a.m.

There is no early start for any of the distances.


Cutoffs

You will have 10 hours to complete the race and must meet the intermediate cutoffs listed below.

  • Aid Station 4: you must leave Aid Station 4 by 1:40PM
  • Aid Station 5: you must leave Aid Station 5 by 2:51PM

 

Aid Stations

There will be 6 aid stations located along the course at miles 4.9, 7.5, 14.5, 22.2, 26.1, and 29.3. The 5 aid stations will consist of PB&J, potatoes, salty snacks, sweet snacks, and fluids. The final aid station will be a self serve water station.

There will be an option to have a drop bag at Aid 3 - Discovery Center (Mile 14.5).

Please note this is a cupless race and be prepared to have your own drinking vessel.

 

Course Map

A course GPX file can be downloaded via the CalTopo link above.


Parking & Shuttles

Shuttle and Finish: Parking will be in a large field adjacent to Sandhill Crane Vineyard. Signs will be posted to help direct you.

Shuttle Bus Schedule: Parking opens at 4:00am at Sandhill Crane Vineyards. Shuttle Bus loading starts at 5:00am. Shuttle busses depart at 5:20am.

Starting Line: Parking is available at Silver Lake in Pinckney Rec Area. Any vehicles entering will need a MI DNR Rec Passport.

Post-race & Awards

Post-race: Join us at Sandhill Crane Vineyards for a backyard beer and BBQ finish party to all racers and volunteers. Additional meals available for purchase on registration site. Beer from Sandhill Crane for 21-and-older racers and volunteers. Additional drinks available for purchase from Sandhill.

Awards: Every finisher earns a custom finisher wooden medallion at the finish line.

55K Individual Race: Overall awards to top 3 men and women, and age group awards that go three-deep in five year age group.

Relay: There are no awards for relay teams since teams can consist of any number of teammates. Relay runners receive medals and post-race party!


Relay Exchange Options

You can view our suggested relay legs and exchange points below, but your team is free to choose your own.

Leg Start

Leg Finish

Dist. from Start

Leg Dist.

Location

Start - Silver Lake

Pickerel Lake Access

2.08

2.08

MAP

Pickerel Lake Access

Blind Lake Trail Head - Aid 1

4.94

2.86

MAP

Blind Lake Trail Head

Embury Rd - Aid 2

7.50

2.56

MAP

Embury Rd

Green Lake

10.65

3.15

MAP

Green Lake

Discovery Center - Aid 3

14.50

3.85

MAP

Discovery Center

Beeman Rd

18.35

3.85

MAP

Beeman Rd

Baldwin Rd - Aid 4

22.21

3.78

MAP

Baldwin Rd

Glenn Rd East of Mt. Hope

24.11

1.98

MAP

Glenn Rd East of Mt. Hope

Mt. Hope - Aid 5

26.11

2.00

MAP

Mt. Hope

Glenn Rd West of Mt. Hope

27.71

1.60

MAP

Glenn Rd West of Mt. Hope

List Rd - Aid 6

29.34

1.63

MAP

List Rd

Sandhill Crane Vineyards

33.27

3.93

MAP