Set for its second annual running in the late spring season of 2011, Mount Pleasant's Girls On The Run Trail Half Marathon, 10K and 5K race in the second in a series of half marathon races that take place here in this central Michigan city throughout the year from April through November, near the middle of Michigan's Lower Peninsula.
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) to this series, which covers the spring, summer and fall seasons.
Runners taking part in the late May Girls On The Run Trail Half will follow an out-and-back course that starts and finishes at Deerfield Nature Park, a 591-acre park that's located just over six miles west of downtown Mount Pleasant, along West Remus Road. Runners will make their way along several of the park's eight miles of wooded trails, which criss-cross the winding Chippewa River that flows through the park.
One of the nice features of this series is that if you win your age group division -- for the overall series, that is all 6 events -- you'll receive free lifetime race entry in the series in subsequent years, as often as you wish to come back.
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 May, when the city's average monthly temperatures range between 69°F and 45°F. On the day of the race (May 22), the average high is 71°F and the average low is 47°F, while rainfall totals average just over 2.7 inches for the month.
$25 for the half marathon, if registered by May 14, 2011
$30 on May 15 and after
To reserve your spot in the spring 2011 running of Mount Pleasant's Girls On The Run Trail Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at Active.com.
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