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Otsego Lake County Park1657 County Park Road Gaylord, MI 49735
10th Annual Gaylord Half Marathon
How far will you GO? How much will you GROW?
TriToFinish is back for another go-round with the Guardian Gals of Gaylord for their 2020 Gaylord Half Marathon! Runners of all ages & abilities are encouraged to save-the-date for the greatly anticipated reopening of a most desirable course here in northern Michigan. This race boasts a beautiful half marathon course consisting of both paved & hard packed peat gravel offering runners inspired scenery as they circle Otsego Lake on the newly renovated Iron Belle Trail Extension of North Central Trail. 10k & 5k courses are along country roads at the onset of seasonal reawakening. If you’re looking for a quick jaunt or have young ones in need of a challenge, come out & do the 1 mile fun run!
DATE: May 9, 2020
START TIME: 8:00 AM
LOCATION: Otsego Lake County Park
ADDRESS: 1657 County Park Road, Gaylord, MI 49735
Event details and schedule
FOR EVENT DESCRIPTION, PLEASE VISIT https://tritofinish.com/gaylordhalfmarathon
1 MILE COURSE: Watch on Youtube
Scenic Loop Beginning & Ending @ County Park, Residential Neighborhoods, Quiet Back Roads Of Rural Northern Michigan Through Time of Seasonal Reawakening
5K COURSE: Watch on Youtube
Scenic Loop Beginning & Ending @ County Park, Residential Neighborhoods, Quiet Back Roads of Rural Northern Michigan Through Time of Seasonal Reawakening, Return to homebase via "Hereafter Lane" Seasonal Road
This point-to-point event is sure to become the region’s most popular 10k adventure! New this year, racers will be trolleyed out to the start at northeast edge of Otsego Lake State Park campground. Once runners exit State Park, course shall merge with fully paved stretch of Half Marathon route on small residential roads running parallel to South Old 27 (south), then Mancelona Road (west), & West Otsego Lake Drive (north) back to finish line. Runners can expect a fast and scenic race with hill climb of Gaylord’s breathtaking “heartbreak hill” at Mile 4, then enjoy gentle decline in terrain to finish line & should plan accordingly for trolley transport to starting line. 10k participation may become limited, should trolley transport become overcrowded, but at this time, space is available!
NOTE: 10k race start will be in northeast corner of Otsego Lake STATE PARK with Northern Michigan Trolley shuttling runners at 8:10am, 8:25am, 8:40am from Otsego Lake COUNTY PARK to starting line at Otsego Lake STATE PARK. 10k runners will share 2nd half of half marathon route with half marathon runners, offering invigorating competitive insurgence of energy for half marathoners finishing their race!
1/2 MARATHON COURSE: Watch on Youtube
Incorporating Paven & Leveled Earthen North Central Pathway, One Lap - Just ONE Lap - Around Otsego Lake, Scenic Loop of Seasonal Color Brilliance Beginning & Ending @ County Park, Begin of Run through Residential Neighborhoods Running Clockwise Around Otsego Lake, Running Newly Renovated Peat Stone North Central Trail/Iron Belle Shared Use Pathway (Formerly Earthen Railroad Grade) Entire East Side of Otsego Lake , Elevation Challenges @ Mile 10, providing us our very own "Heartbreak Hills,” like Boston Marathon
Expect a fast and scenic race with hill climb of Gaylord’s breathtaking “heartbreak hill” at Mile 4, then enjoy gentle decline in terrain to finish line.
RACE EVE PACKET PICKUP/ LATE REGISTRATION/ FOOD TRUCK RALLY
Friday, May 8th 2020 @ Ellison Place Event <https://miellisonplace.com > 150 Dale Drive, Gaylord, MI 49735
- Packet Pick-Up/Late Registration- 6-8pm
- Food Truck Rally- 3-9pm
An exciting series of Food Truck Fridays! kicks-off Friday, May 8th in coordination with Gaylord Half Marathon packet pick-up at Ellison Place. Food Truck Fridays! is a collaborative benefit for Guardian Gals, Inc. & various other charities voted upon by attendees. Learn more… <https://miellisonplace.com/foodtruck-fridays >
RACE DAY PACKET PICKUP, LATE REGISTRATION
Saturday, May 11th @ Otsego Lake County Park <www.otsegoparks.com>, 1657 County Park Road Gaylord, MI 49735 (Look for the blue TriToFinish Spider Tent)
- Packet Pick-Up/ Late Registration- 7-9am
Online Registration closes at Midnight on Thursday, May 7th, 2020, after which, all subsequent registrations will be completed on-site at packet pickup/late registration at an increased rate.
NOTE: Active.com charges a nominal fee to participants when registering. We just don’t want you to be surprised when you go to register online!
RACE START TIMES/LOCATIONS
- Half Marathon 8:00AM/ Otsego Lake County Park
- 10k Run/Walk 9:00AM/ Otsego Lake State Park
- 5K Run/Walk 9:45AM/ Otsego Lake County Park
- 1 Mile Run/Walk 10:00AM/ Otsego Lake County Park
10K DEPARTURE TIMES TO STATE PARK START LINE
- Northern Michigan Trolley 1 8:25 AM
- Northern Michigan Trolley 2 8:30 AM
- Northern Michigan Trolley 1 8:35 AM
- Northern Michigan Trolley 2 8:40 AM
- Northern Michigan Trolley 1 8:45 AM
- Northern Michigan Trolley 2 8:50 AM
Gaylord Half Marathon shirts guaranteed for race day ONLY to those who register online BEFORE midnight Sunday, April 12th! Those registering AFTER midnight Sunday, April 12th will be mailed race shirts.
- View white, “Attain Wicking Long-Sleeved Shirt” Styles at www.augustasportswear.com .
- Participants will receive the size & type shirts ordered. Exchanges will NOT be available.
- Adult S-3XL & Youth S-L SIZES Available
REFUND AND TRANSFER POLICY
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.