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Michigan > Run2PayItForward Half Marathon
Waterford, MI  •  Sunday, October 12, 2014  •  Course Map


Filled with thick forests, marshes, ponds, old farms and lakes, the Pontiac Lake Recreation Area about an hour's drive outside Detroit is the setting for the all-new Run2PayItForward Half Marathon, which is set to make its debut with a course that's 80 percent single-track trails in mid-October 2013.

The other 20 percent of the race is made up of dirt roads, so depending on the weather in the days leading up to the race, runners can expect to get plenty muddy as they trek their way through this 3,745-acre park, which lies between the small towns of Waterford and White Lake Township. Throughout the year, it's a popular spot for mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding and camping, with more than 170 campsites scattered through the park.

Runners start the race off Teggerdine Road inside the park, about 2 1/2 miles north of Highway M-59. To get there, simply follow the signs for the Pontiac Lake Recreation Area Modern Campground, which will take you along a road into the park that turns to gravel, and past a barn and field to where the race starting line lies. Organizers note that runners with GPS devices should enter "3480 Teggerdine, White Lake, MI 48386" to get to the starting line.

Once there, the race unfolds through the woods and marshes in the park, and organizers say it's a challenging course -- "the mission of the event is to get us out into nature and help others by paying it forward," they add, noting that proceeds from the race will go to benefit a pair of local nonprofits -- Stay in the Shade, a charity that raises money for melanoma research, and Camp Casey for children with cancer.

Race Weather & Climate

Located among the lakes, hills and mountains of southern Michigan, roughly 50 miles northwest of downtown Detroit, the Waterford area is known for chilly fall weather, with temperatures that can fall to as low as 18 degrees or reach as high as 81 during the month.

October Avg. Day of Race Monthly Precip.
Low: 42°F Low: 43°F Rain: 2.6 in.
High: 60°F High: 62°F Snow: 0.1 in.

Course Map

See the race route map for the Run2PayItForward Half Marathon

Starting Time

9:00 AM -


$55 for the half marathon, if registered by October 1, 2013
$60 between Oct. 2 - 11


To reserve your spot in the fall 2014 running of Concord's Wild Life Marathon, Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at RunSignUp.com.

Official Race Website


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