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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

  • Can we walk?
    Yes, but… The course is open with support and police monitoring and under race control from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. for the half marathon. If you can walk it in under 3 hours (18-ish minute miles) then no problem, line up and start and finish like everyone else. If it will take you longer please start earlier. The way that will work with the timing chip is you have to add a couple minutes to your chip time.
  • Can I take a stroller?
    Again, yes for the 5k and 10k, but… We ask that folks with strollers line up at the back. The aim is for everyone that is able and willing to compete, in any way shape or form as long as they are walking or running, gets a chance. If you want to push a stroller for 6 miles, more power to you, just try and keep out of the way of the folks that aren’t. The Half Marathon has a 2 mile portion on the trails and sand dunes of Ludington State Park. This is not terrain for a stroller.
  • What Time do the Races Start?
    Half 8:00am | 5k 8:10 am | 10k 8:20 am
  • Packet Pick Up
    Packet pickup is at the white tent located in the middle of Stearns Park. Packets can also be picked up race morning from 6-8am.
  • Where is the Start Line?
    In front of Nader’s Motor Lodge on Lakeshore Drive.
  • Where is the Finish Line?
    Near the center of Stearns Park.
  • Are Post-Race Refreshments Available?
    Yes, the race central tent will have everyone’s favorite chocolate milk along with Gatorade and water. Bagels, cookies, and bananas will also be available at the finish.
  • Pets at Stearns Park
    Pets are not permitted at Stearns Park which is the finish line and awards ceremony location.
  • Race Day Parking
    Race day parking is available on side streets near & around Stearns Park. Parking is available throughout the beach drive.
  • Awards & Ceremony
    Awards ceremonies will begin following each race beginning roughly at 9:45am with the 5K. Age group medals will be awarded for 1st-3rd in each. Finisher plaques awarded to the overall male & female 1st-3rd in each race distance.
  • Port o John Locations
    Port o John’s are located at the north end of the beach near the start line. There will be one on the half marathon course around mile 8 and one on both the 5K & 10K courses.
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