Saturday, May 19, 2018 • Midland, MI • Course Map
Set for its 32nd annual running this spring through the streets of this small city in Central Michigan that’s also the home of the Dow Chemical Company, the Greater Midland Dow RunWalk offers a half marathon with a mostly fast and flat course and plentiful sights through the heart of the city and beyond.
The race unfolds through a city that was named by Forbes magazine a few years ago as one of the best small towns in America to raise a family, thanks in part to its 72 public city parks and its 30-mile-long Pere Marquette Rail-Trail, which decades ago saw trains rumble by along the Flint and Pere Marquette Railroad and today is a paved biking, walking and running trail.
Runners start the race in one of those parks, Midland’s Central Park, along East Collins Street. From there, they’ll follow the course as it twists and turns along city streets and on roads along the outskirts of the city, which will take them past Barstow Woods Park and Currie Bennett Park, as well as the Midland Country Club.
They’ll make it nearly all the way to the finish line on Mill Street before turning left on North Street to repeat the course a second time for the half marathon, and then bringing it back in to the finish line on Mill, in front of the Greater Midland Curling Club.
Most of the course is fast and flat save for a few hills in the middle of the race near the end of the first loop (which you’ll repeat on the second loop).
While there are lots of turns at this race, there’s also plenty of shade from the trees, organizers say.
There’s also a 10K run and a 5K run and walk as well as a one-mile fun run at the race — and a Girls on the Run 5K too.
Race Weather & Climate
Located along the Tittabawassee River in central Michigan, roughly 130 miles northwest of Detroit, Midland typically sees May temperatures that average between the high 40s and the low 70s, and rainfall amounts just under 3 inches for the month.
On race day (May 19), the average low is 48ºF and the average high is 72ºF.
- 7:30 AM – half marathon
- 7:50 AM – 5K run
- 8:00 AM – 10K run
- 8:30 AM – 5K walk
- 9:45 AM – 1-mile fun run
- 10:15 AM – Girls on the Run 5K
- $36 – $55 for the half marathon
- $21 – $35 for all other events
To reserve your spot in the 2018 running of the Greater Midland Dow RunWalk half marathon, 10K, 5K or 1-mile race, register online at the event website here.
Official Race Website
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