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Little Traverse Wheelway1687 M 119 Petoskey, MI 49770
Stafford's Top of Michigan Festival of Races includes a series of races to benefit the Top of Michigan Trails Council and the Petoskey and Charlevoix High School Athletic Departments.
Thecourse will be run along the Little Traverse Wheelway, a nonmotorized trail running from Charlevoix, through Petoskey/Bay Harbor and finishing in Harbor Springs. The trail is an excellent venue for runners. The trail is relatively flat and has spectacular views of the Little Traverse Bay.
The 10K starts and finishes in Harbor Springs.
There are two 5K races. One starts and finishes in Charlevoix and the other starts and finishes in Harbor Springs.
Event details and schedule
The course is primarily run along a beautiful point to point asphalt trail (the Little Traverse Wheelway), finishing in Harbor Springs. A road section connects the downtown areas with the Wheelway. A small portion of the Half Marathon will be on a grass surface through Bay View, to avoid vehicular and pedestrian traffic through that community. The route veers off the Wheelway north of Petoskey at Beach Road, and follows local roads through a scenic resort area along the bay. All races end at Zorn Park in Harbor Springs.
The course is not closed to vehicular traffic. There are many road crossings–many minor and a few major–along the course. Runners must be aware that traffic will not stop and they must be extremely cautious, as they will have to stop and yield to oncoming traffic. We will have course marshals at major intersections, but runners must be aware and cautious approaching all intersections.
A shuttle will be available in the morning from Harbor Springs to your race start.
Weather is variable in late May so be prepared for anything. In case of extreme weather the event may be delayed or canceled to protect the safety of participants and no refunds will be given if the event is canceled.
The Half starts at 8:00 am. The 10K starts at 8:30 am in Harbor Springs and finishes in Harbor Springs. The Charlevoix 5K starts at 8:00 am on Bridge Street in Charlevoix. The Harbor Springs 5K starts at the finish line in Zorn Park, Harbor Springs at 8:30 am.
Course closure for all races is at 12:00 pm, so half marathon runners will have four hours to complete the race. Runners on the course after that time must provide their own support.
Winners will go three deep in the following age brackets: