Michigan > The Mud Dogs Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
Mt. Pleasant, MI • Saturday, March 23, 2013 • 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 as winter is giving way to spring here 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 mid-March, when Mount Pleasant's average monthly temperatures range between 42°F and 22°F.
On the day of the race (March 23), the city's average high is 44°F and its average low is 25°F, while precipitation amounts average just under 2 inches for the month.
View the race route map for the Mud Dogs Half Marathon
$25 for the half marathon, up to one month before race day
$30 between one month and one week before race day
$35 between one week before the race and race day
To reserve your spot in the late winter 2013 running of Mt. Pleasant's Mud Dogs Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at Active.com.
Official Race Website
Leave a Comment
Ever run in Michigan's annual Mud Dogs Half Marathon?
Share your impressions, stories and tips from the event.