Michigan > Run for Research Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
Mt. Pleasant, MI • Saturday, October 19, 2013 • Course Map
The sixth in a series of seven half marathon events here in central Michigan, Mount Pleasant's Run for Research Half Marathon, 10K & 5K takes runners on a 13.1-mile course in the mid-fall season here in this small central Michigan city that lies just over 150 miles northwest of Detroit, for a race that takes runners along a course made up mostly of forgiving natural surface country roads just to the southwest of town.
The brainchild of Ryan Hackett, a 24-year-old runner and manager of a specialty running store in Mount Pleasant, the Michigan Half Series features a slate of races for every season, from the series' winter events (like its Ice Cube Half Marathon, Snowmans Half Marathon and Mud Dogs Half Marathon races, which use the same course as the Beat-A-Die race) to this series, which covers the spring, summer and fall seasons.
Runners in the Run for Research Half follow an out-and-back course that starts and finishes on 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. At the race's 3rd annual running in 2012, 86 runners crossed the finish line in the half marathon and 10K races combined.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in central Michigan, near the geographic center of Michigan's Lower Peninsula and about 155 miles northwest of Detroit, Mount Pleasant typically sees mild to cool and occasionally cold weather in October, when the city's average monthly temperatures range between 39°F and 59°F.
On the day of the race (Oct. 19), the average low is 38°F and the average high is 58°F, while rainfall totals average about 2.8 inches for the month.
View the race route map for the Run for Research Half Marathon
$25 for the half marathon, if registered by September 19, 2013
$30 between Sept. 19 - October 4
$35 on Oct. 4 and after
To reserve your spot in the mid-fall 2013 running of Mt. Pleasant's Run for Research Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at Active.com.
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