Saturday, August 17, 2019 • Jackson, MI • Course Map
Ready for a 13.1-mile run that starts at the peaceful, relaxing grounds of a winery and then unfolds out into a wilderness area filled with forests, hiking trails, fishing lakes and campgrounds? That’s what you’ll get to experience at the Running Between the Vines Half Marathon, which welcomes nearly 3,000 runners each year.
Run through the largest park in the Lower Peninsula. The 20,000-acre park you’ll run through, the Waterloo State Recreation Area, lies less than an hour’s drive from nearby Ann Arbor, the home of the University of Michigan, and is filled with lakes and dozens of miles of hiking, mountain biking and nature walking trails.
Most of the race unfolds along the dirt back roads that wind through Waterloo, along which you can expect plenty of rolling hills and perhaps even some wildlife you might see from the course, as well as plenty of shade from the trees along the roads.
Start at Sandhill Crane Vineyards. The race will take you on an out-and-back course that starts and finishes at the Sandhill Crane Vineyards, a family-owned winery that offers a beautiful backdrop for the race start, with wine grapes in the fields surrounding the tasting room center on the property.
From there, you’ll head out onto what is roughly a clockwise figure-eight-shaped loop through the Waterloo Recreation Area, starting with a downhill stretch in the first mile followed by ups and downs throughout the rest of the race.
And of course, there will be a glass of Sandhill Crane wine waiting for you at the finish line when you’re done.
Race Weather & Climate
Located about 40 miles west of Ann Arbor (and about 80 miles west of Detroit), Jackson typically sees some of its warmest and wettest weather of the year in August, when temperatures average between the upper 50s and 80 degrees, and rainfall totals average just under 4 inches for the month.
On race day (Aug. 17), the average low is 58ºF and the average high is 80ºF.
- 2017 Running Between the Vines Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Running Between the Vines Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Running Between the Vines Half Marathon Results
- 7:30 AM – half marathon
- 7:50 AM – 5K
- 8:30 AM – 5-mile
- $69 – $85 for the half marathon
- $44 – $60 for the 5-mile
- $39 – $50 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the summer 2019 running of the Running Between the Vines Half Marathon, 5-Mile or 5K race, register online here.
Official Race Website
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