Michigan > Harbor Springs Half Marathon, 10K, 5K & Kids Run
Harbor Springs, MI • Saturday, October 8, 2011 • Course Map
Note: This race has been cancelled for 2011. Plans are underway for the its next running in October 2012.
Set for its second annual running in 2011 along the shoreline of the Little Traverse Bay along the northern end of Michigan's Lower Peninsula, just as the brilliant reds, oranges and golds of fall are coming out on the leaves, the Harbor Springs Half Marathon takes runners on a point-to-point 13.1-mile route that starts in the nearby town of Good Hart and unfolds along the stretch of Highway M-119 known as the "Tunnel of Trees."
Just under 150 runners and walkers crossed the finish line at the race's inaugural running in 2010, with most of those -- about 116 runners and walkers -- completing the 13.1-mile event. The small field size for the race is a match for the intimate feel for the course, as runners will make their way through a canopy of trees for much of the course, a stretch of roadway that's been called one of the country's best for fall foliage viewing by publications like the Detroit News and Traverse Magazine.
Runners start the half marathon near the Good Hart General Store in the small community of Good Hart, at the intersection of Robinson Road and M-119. From there, the course unfolds basically along a wide, curved semicircle-shaped route, all the way southward and eastward along the M-119 and into Harbor Springs, where they'll cross Main Street to hit the finish line looking out onto Harbor Point and the waters of Little Traverse Bay.
Along the way, the route offers up a mostly flat course with the occasional section of rolling hills. From the starting line in Good Hart, the course unfolds along M-119 for the first 5 1/2 miles or so, until runners reach the intersection with Lower Shore Drive, where they turn right and follow that road as it hugs the shoreline of the bay. This stretch starts with what is probably the steepest downhill drop of the race, and then flattens out for the next 2 1/2 miles, as runners make their way through the Weimer's Lake Nature Preserve before re-joining highway M-119.
Once they're back on 119, the course then curves toward the east, taking runners through stretches with forests on one side and wide-open fields on the other, past the beaches along the southern shore of the bay toward Harbor Springs. There's a golf course and another nature preserve to run through before runners get into town, where they follow 119 as it curves to the right and heads toward Main Street. The race finish line lies at City Beach in Zorn Park, where participants also will park for the race (and catch the shuttle to the starting line).
For the race's 2011 running, walkers may sign up for the 10K and 5K races; the half marathon, organizers note, is open to runners only this year.
Weather & Climate
Located along the shores of Lake Michigan's Little Traverse Bay near the northern end of the state's Lower Peninsula, just over 270 miles northwest of Detroit, Harbor Springs typically sees average monthly temperatures in October that range between 56°F and 40°F, with rainfall totals that average just under 3.2 inches for the month. On the day of the race (Oct. 8), the average high is 59°F and the average low is 43°F.
View the race route map for the Harbor Springs Half Marathon
$70 for the half marathon
$30 for the 10K
$25 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the fall 2011 running of the Harbor Springs Half Marathon, 10K or 5K races, register online at Active.com.
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