Sunday, February 14, 2016 • Mount Pleasant, MI • Course Map
One in a series of wintertime half marathon events here in central Michigan, Mount Pleasant’s Ice Cube Half Marathon, 10K & 5K takes runners on a 13.1-mile course in the middle of the winter season here in this small central Michigan city that lies just over 150 miles northwest of Detroit.
Part of a running event series known as the Michigan Half Marathon Race Series, the Ice Cube Half Marathon is also the middle event in the series’ “Winter Warriors” half marathon series, which also includes January’s Snowmans Half Marathon and the Mud Dogs Half Marathon in March, both of which use the same course as the Ice Cube Half.
For each of the three races in the series, runners follow an out-and-back course that starts and finishes near the campus of Central Michigan University, home to more than 20,000 students here on its main campus in Mount Pleasant. From there, runners head out on what is essentially an upside-down T-shaped route, running along West Campus Drive and Denison Drive as they pass by Theunissen Stadium, home of the CMU Chippewas baseball team.
The first mile and a half is followed by turns onto Crawford Road, Deerfield Road and Lincoln Road, where runners turn left and head south along the road until they reach the bottom of the “T,” at the intersection with Walton Road. There are two quick out-and-back stretches along Walton and then runners head back onto Lincoln Road, where they re-trace their steps in the opposite direction back to the university campus for the race finish.
There’s roughly 100 feet in elevation change from the starting line to the highest point in the race, and the climb unfolds very gradually over the first half of the route, followed by an equally gradual decline as runners are making their way back into campus for the finish line.
Organizers note that runners need to be prepared for any kind of inclement weather — rain, freezing rain, ice, sleet, snow and anything in between.
Race Weather & Climate
Be ready for some very cold temperatures and possible frozen precipitation if you’re running in this central Michigan city in late February, when Mount Pleasant has seen record temperatures as low as 23 degrees below zero (in 1951) and as high as 62 degrees (in 1984).
On the day of the race (Feb. 14), the average low is 15°F and the average high is 31°F.
- $40 for the half marathon before December 13, 2015
- $45 between December 14 – January 13, 2016
- $50 after January 13, 2016
To reserve your spot in the 2016 running of Mt. Pleasant’s Ice Cube Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at RunSignUp.com.
Official Race Website
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