Michigan > Park2Park Half Marathon & 5K
Holland, MI • Saturday, September 28, 2013 • Course Map
The Park2Park is held every fall in Holland, Michigan, a community in western Michigan that's home to more than 80,000 people and hugs the shoreline of Lake Michigan, 102 miles north of Chicago, just west of Grand Rapids. The Park2Park includes a Half Marathon run and a 5K run/walk with proceeds supporting Neighbors Plus, a locally based Christian community development association in Holland.
Note: For 2013, the race will move its start and finish to the Ottawa County Fairgrounds in Holland, and will feature a newly designed course. The description below is from the 2012 race; the race signup info below is updated for 2013.
The half marathon course is a very fast and flat course. From the starting location at Harderwyk Ministries on the northside of Holland, the course first takes a northeast loop by blueberry farms and sprouting new subdivisions and then heads south to the beautiful Waukazoo Woods neighborhood along the shore of Lake Macatawa, a feeder lake that flows through a short channel into Lake Michigan, centrally located in the center of the City of Holland. The course follows the north shore of Lake Macatawa for over four miles until reaching Holland State Park on Lake Michigan.
After a loop in the State Park and a view of Lake Michigan, the pier and Big Red, the Holland lighthouse, the course heads north on Lakeshore Drive for two miles, following the Lake Michigan coast. The final two miles of the course heads back inland, into farm and residential areas to the finish line at Harderwyk Ministries. It is a paved course, on roads or bike paths, but it is not a closed course. The course is USATF certified.
For friends and family who don't quite feel ready for running a half marathon, the Park2Park race offers a traditional 5K run concurrently, a woodsy neighborhood route including a paved trail loop in Winstrom Park.
By Sherrie Kornoelje Santos, race director of the Park2Park Half Marathon
Race Weather & Climate
Located just off the shore of Lake Michigan in the western part of the state, about 30 miles southwest of Grand Rapids, the city of Holland typically experiences fall weather that offers cool, great conditions for a long run.
In September, temperatures average between 52°F and 73°F, while on the day of the race (Sept. 28), the average low is 48°F and the average high is 68°F. September rains are common, but the fall colors are spectacular, rain or shine.
View the race route maps for the Park2Park Half Marathon
8:00 AM - half marathon
8:15 AM - 5K
$35 for the half marathon, if registered by March 31, 2013
$40 between April 1 - May 31
$50 between June 1 - August 15
$60 between Aug. 16 - September 26
$70 on Sept. 27 - 28
To reserve your spot in the early fall 2013 running of Holland's Park2Park Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at the event website.
Official Race Website
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