I pulled out the August 1995 issue of Michigan Runner this afternoon. On the cover was a banner for the Ludington Lakestride. At the time we were in our 14th year of offering a very unique setting for a half marathon and 5K. The folks here in Ludington were excited and happy to share our little slice of heaven with runners from all over Michigan and surrounding states. Anyone remember John Steinberg the men’s half marathon overall winner with a time of 1:10:27? How about Jan Brown from Kalamazoo that paced the ladies in 1:27:03? As I read through the article I noticed what one participant said about the Lakestride, “This is really a runner’s race, the aid stations were perfect, this course is beautiful.”
So what has changed since then other than running apparel and shoe technology? Not much, most of the original team that launched the event in 1981 are still excited and happy to be involved. Our aid stations are awesome and frequent. We still run the same half marathon course highlighted by a beautiful 1.8 mile run through the woods and a gorgeous run (on pavement) along the shores of Lake Michigan with a finish at the city beach in Ludington.
“A big thanks to everyone responsible for putting together another great Lakestride event. I have been up many times and have yet to be disappointed…and don’t plan to be. This was my wife’s first ½ marathon, and first time running in Ludington. We both loved it! Thank you for all the time and effort put forth in making Ludington Lakestride one of the best running events in Michigan?”
…Sam and Maggie W.
“I just wanted to let you know that this was by far the most beautiful race I have done so far. The trail part was breathtaking, “Rave Run” from Runners World comes to mind, and the sand dunes and dam that followed were an experience. The weather couldn’t have been better. Overall the race was amazing from start to finish and what a great feeling it is to finish a ½ marathon. Thanks for the adventure, I can’t wait to run it again next year!”
…I want to thank/congratulate you on a well-organized run this past Saturday! Both the race route and the organization around it were excellent in my eyes…Looking forward to doing the Lakestride annually.
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is the largest sports ministry in the world. There are over 7,000 certified school campuses across the nation. Over 1.8 million people were reached through the FCA ministry in 2010. Our passion is combining athletics and faith.
FCA is a faith based organization, meaning, the work of FCA Northern Michigan is supported by donors and other events throughout the year. We raise 100% of our funding.
IT’S KIND OF A GOD THING…
The Lakestride Half Marathon and 5K has become a race with a purpose. A portion of the race proceeds will be retained as seed money for the following year while the balance is used to continue the work of FCA Northern Michigan. But wait, there’s more…Marathon Mission.
Marathon Mission is a premier faith & community -based umbrella charity. MM is for walkers & joggers, of all ages and abilities, to raise support for the myraid of outstanding missionaries and charitable workers stateside & abroad. MM has been in the running since 2003, taking it to the marathon streets of Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Tulsa, Maine, Dearborn and MORE! We welcome MM to our beautiful little town of Ludington this year as they participate in the Lakestride Half Marathon and 5K. Runners will be able to raise money for groups that fall under Marathon Mission if they choose to, if not that’s cool too. Just come and run with us.