The third in a series of seven half marathon events here in central Michigan, the Beat-A-Die Don't Di-A-Bete Half Marathon, 10K & 5K takes runners on a 13.1-mile course as spring is giving way to summer 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.
Begun by 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.
For the Beat-A-Die Don't Die-A-Bete half marathon, runners 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.
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 moderately warm weather in June, when the city's average monthly temperatures range between 78°F and 55°F. On the day of the race (June 18), the average high is 79°F and the average low is 55°F, while rainfall totals average just under 3.5 inches for the month.
$25 for the half marathon, if registered by June 10, 2011
$30 after June 10
To reserve your spot in the summer 2011 running of Mt. Pleasant's Beat-A-Die Don't Di-A-Bete Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at Active.com.
Half Marathon Course Map
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