April 26, 2020

United Financial CU Freeland Walleye Fest 5k/10k 2020

April 26, 2020 Freeland SportsZone • 5690 Midland Rd. FreelandMI  48623 View Map Organized by Tri To Finish

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About this event

April 26, 2020

Freeland SportsZone

5690 Midland Rd. FreelandMI  48623
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United Financial Credit Union is once again proud to present the 11thAnnual Freeland Walleye Festival Race for 2020!  

Join several hundred participants in running and/or walking USATF sanctioned 10k and 5k Freeland Rail Trail/road courses. Or run along with the kids on a 1 Mile trail fun run course. The Walleye Fest race is moving back to the weekend this year and will take place on a Sunday morning! And THIS year, the 10K and 5K events will be separated out so runners can participate in BOTH events if desired.

Included with entry:

  • Awesome custom finisher medals
  • Cool t-shirt
  • Professional timing results
  • Free online finisher photograph
  • Free slice of Hungry Howie’s Pizza - courtesy of Hungry Howies in Freeland

This year, up to 100 runners will be able to participate in the Lunker 9.3 (6.2 mile and 3.1 mile combined distances) where they’ll run in both the 10K and 5K events at a rate less than should they register for both individually. We’re separating the 2 events with the 10K starting at 8:30AM and the 5K at 10:00AM. Lunker 9.3 participants will receive a seconde medal signifying their accomplishment and a long sleeved tech shirt in place of the event t-shirt. 

This race is being organized as part of the 35th annual Freeland Walleye Festival through a joint effort between United Financial Credit Union, TriToFinish, Walleye Festival Organizers and Tittabawassee Township with proceeds being placed back into the Freeland community through the Freeland Lions Club, a 501c3 nonprofit organization.  

NOTE:  This year's race is limited to 450 participants.  Register NOW to reserve your spot!

This race is part of the Be Greater Race Series

Event details and schedule

Date:  Sunday, April 26th, 2020

Start Time:  8:30 AM

Location:  Freeland SportsZone

Address:  5690 Midland Rd, Freeland, MI 48623


Course Description

All races will begin on Stone Briar Lane in the neighborhood behind Freeland SportZone where runners will proceed to Kochville Rd.

5K Course

Runners will take a left on Kochville Rd and proceed to the Freeland Rail Trail before turning right (North) onto the trail and running approximately 1 mile before turning at Muirhead Rd and following it around and back onto the trail and again turning right (North).  A very short time later, runners will turn around at McDonald Ford and head back toward Freeland Sportzone.  After passing Kochville Rd, runners will turn with the rail trail just before arriving at SportsZone where the trail will take them behind the building and to the finish line near the tennis courts and pavilion.

10K Course

Runners will take a right onto Kochville Rd and head East before turning left (North) onto Garfield Rd.  They will then run one mile before turning left onto Pierce Rd.  About 1 mile later, runners will turn right onto the Freeland Rail Trail  and will head North on the trail until reaching Powley Dr and turning right.  After running East for about ¼ mile, runners will turn around and return to the Freeland Rail Trail; turning left and head back toward Freeland SportZone via the Rail Trail. After passing Kochville Rd, runners will turn with the rail trail just before arriving at SportsZone where the trail will take them behind the building and to the finish line near the tennis courts and pavilion.

1Mile Fun Run Course

Runners will take a left on Kochville Rd and proceed to the Freeland Rail Trail before turning left (South) onto the trail toward Freeland Sportzone.  Runners will turn with the rail trail just before arriving at SportsZone where the trail will take them behind the building and to the finish line near the tennis courts and pavilion.

Please note that ALL youth 1 Mile Fun Run Participants MUST have a “run buddy” age 16 or older to participate.


Packet Pickup and Late Registration

  • Saturday, April 25th, 2020 from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Bayne’s Apple Valley, 5395 Midland Rd, Freeland, MI
  • Sunday, April 26th, 2020 from 7:30-9:45 am at Freeland SportsZone



Event-specific t-shirts are guaranteed ONLY to those who register online before Noon on Friday, April 17th! These shirts are of high quality and will be available in unisex, ladies cut, or youth sizes.  All participants who register after that date/time will be provided with a TriToFinish t-shirt if event-specific shirts are unavailable on site. Additional t-shirts are available for purchase through Active registration for $10 each but must be purchased prior to the April 17th deadline.


Shirt Sizes Available

  • Small
  • Medium
  • Large
  • Extra Large
  • 2XL
  • Ladies Cut Small
  • Ladies Cut Medium
  • Ladies Cut Large
  • Ladies Cut Extra Large
  • Youth Small
  • Youth Medium
  • Youth Large


Note: Please keep in mind that Ladies Cut shirts generally run smaller than standard unisex t-shirts as they are designed to be somewhat form fitting. Ladies are NOT required to order Ladies Cut shirts but may order unisex shirt instead. Participants will receive the size and type shirts ordered.  Exchanges will be unavailable.


Times and Timing: 

The 5K and 10K Run/Walk event will be timed in accordance with USATF sanctioning requirements.  The 1 Mile Fun Run will NOT be timed.

5K and 10K Age Groups/Divisions:

  • 9 & Under
  • 10-14
  • 15-19
  • 20-24
  • 25-29
  • 30-34
  • 35-39
  • 40-44
  • 45-49
  • 50-54
  • 55-59
  • 60-64
  • 65-69
  • 70-74
  • 75-79
  • 80 & over


Race Start Times 

  • 10K Racewill begin at 8:30AM
  • 5K Run/Walkwill begin at 10:00AM
  • 1 Mile Fun Runwill begin at 11:00AM




Awards will be provided 3 deep to overall male and female winners of the 5K and 10K events.  In addition overall winners will receive free entry to next year’s Walleye Festival Event in the category they win.  2ndPlace overall finishers will receive 50% off and 3rdPlace overall finishers will receive 25% off entry to the 2021 event.


NOTE:  All participants will receive high quality finisher medals at the finish line upon completion of their event!  



Results will be displayed at the event and will be posted at TRITOFINISH.COMwithin 48 hours of race completion.



Interested in volunteering?  Events like this can’t be successful without great volunteers! Sign up HEREand we’ll be in touch.  All volunteers receive a cool, TriToFinish logo’d tech t-shirt courtesy of ATS Printing in Bay City, MI!



We completely understand that plans change and athletes will sometimes be unable to compete in an event they've signed up for.  Unfortunately, refunds will not be provided for any event unless the event is cancelled for reasons within our control.  Dangerous weather, natural disasters, and local emergencies are examples of reasons an event may be cancelled that are NOT within our control.

Should an athlete have an injury or other medical issue keeping them from competing in an event they've registered for, we would be happy to transfer their registration to a similar TriToFinish-owned event up to and including the same event the following season.  A doctor's slip may be required as proof of injury or ailment.  Failure to provide proof if requested will result in non-transfer of the event.

Transferring registrations to other athletes is NOT allowed.



What’s the scoop on the “LUNKER 9.3” event?

A number of runners want to run longer than 10 kilometers. We have separated out the 10K and 5K events to allow runners to do just that at the Walleye Fest Races! The upcharge pretty much covers the organizational cost of the added medals/bibs/chips/timing and has been created to allow runners to do both races. Those participating will receive a LUNKER 9.3 medal and long sleeved tech shirt instead of the cotton blend event shirt.


Can I run with my dog?

We love dogs too! But, because of the narrow pathway being used as part of this race, we cannot allow dogs to participate.


Can I run/walk with a stroller?

The new racecourse utilizing out and back runner traffic on the Freeland Rail Trail means that we cannot allow strollers this year.  We apologize to those who’ve raced this event in the past and hoped to use a stroller this year.  


What does “USATF Sanctioning” mean?

It means that organizers have followed a process with USA Track & Field that requires creation of a safety plan and purchase of outstanding insurance covering participants, volunteers, sponsors, partners and organizers of the event.  It also means that your race results will be official for scoring purposes (assuming you track that sort of thing).


What happens if the event is cancelled?  Will I receive a refund?

If the race is cancelled for reasons Organizers can control then we will work diligently to provide a refund or transfer of registration to another event.  However, cancellation due to extreme weather or local emergency is not controlled by organizers and is not reason for reimbursement.  We WILL however, attempt to push start of the race back in 30-minute increments until the emergency dissipates.  


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