Sunday, March 13, 2016 • Mt. Pleasant, MI • Course Map
One of a series of wintertime half marathon events here in central Michigan, the Mud Dogs Half Marathon, 10K & 5K takes runners on a 13.1-mile course in this small central Michigan city that lies just over 150 miles northwest of Detroit, for a race expected to offer some challenging weather conditions that will test the mettle of every runner who comes out for the event.
Part of a running event series known as the Michigan Half Marathon Race Series, the Mud Dogs Half Marathon is also the final event in the series’ “Winter Warriors” half marathon series, which also includes January’s Snowmans Half Marathon and the Ice Cube Half Marathon in February, both of which use the same course as the Mud Dogs 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
Runners need to be prepared for cold temperatures and possible frozen precipitation in this central Michigan city in March, a month that has brought record temperatures as low as 15 degrees below zero (in 1962) and as high as 78 degrees (in 2000).
On race day (March 13), the average low is 25ºF and the average high is 44ºF.
- $40 for the half marathon, up to one month before race day
- $45 between one month and 2 weeks before race day
- $50 between 2 weeks before the race and race day
To reserve your spot in the 2016 running of Mt. Pleasant’s Mud Dogs Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at RunSignUp.com here.
Official Race Website
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