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Michigan > Ken Willard Memorial River Trail Half Marathon
Lupton, MI



Postponed for 2009

Event Details

A small, friendly and challenging race that takes runners along the trails and hills of northern Michigan's Rifle River Recreation Area, the Ken Willard Memorial River Trail Half Marathon is among the smallest running events of its kind anywhere in the state -- in 2007, just over 30 runners crossed the finish line at the park's day use area, where the race starts and finishes. Set in the Au Sable State Forest, the park is a popular destination for locals for hiking, mountain biking, hunting and fishing on its Devoe, Grousehaven and Lodge Lakes.

The race takes runners over a combination of well-groomed natural trails through the woods and a number of what race organizers describe as "challenging" hills. Located just over four miles east of Rose City, Mich., and south of Lupton, the park's roughly 4,300 acres have been a state park since the formerly privately owned land was donated to the state in 1945, and have since become a quiet, beautifully scenic area that draws more than 100,000 visitors each year.

Open to runners only, the race starting time is 10:00 AM, and those who haven't signed up but wish to participate can register at the race starting at 8:00 AM. Also described by organizers as a race "you have to run to believe," the event's proceeds will go to benefit the Rifle River Recreation Area and help to maintain and beautify it.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in northern Michigan, about 30 miles northwest of the shores of Saginaw Bay, the town of Lupton tends to see mild to cool and occasionally cold weather conditions in the early fall, with occasional wet weather. In September, average temperatures range between 71°F and 42°F, while rainfall amounts average around 3.54 inches for the month.


$40 if registered by August 8, 2008
$45 from Aug. 9 - 29
$50 from Aug. 30 through the day of the race


Registration is not yet available for the fall 2009 running of the Ken Willard Memorial Half Marathon. Please check back later for updated information.



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