January 26, 2019- Saturday
Winter Switchback Run
- 5K : TRAIL RUN
- Eric Swager
Can You Handle…..?
THE Winter SWITCHBACKS ? (2019 version)
What: Probably the toughest 5K you have ever attempted. Roughly 4 loops of what locals call “the switchbacks”. Dirt, rocks, uphill, poor footing predominately on tight, rocky trails. Hopefully icy, slippery, and/or drift-covered. Also- the course is probably long. The loops cover a section of the Waterloo trail system, and on Green Road, a little-traveled chunk of hills and dirt. Basically, it is the stuff that would make a Mule puke.
Where: The start is uphill from the parking lot on the south side of Green Road, near the eastern Jackson County line. Take I-94 Exit 153 North 2 or 3 miles. Go east on Green road ¾ mile.
When: 10 AM on Saturday, Jan 26. This ensures that the race will be cold and miserable, and the wind has had a chance to kick up. The horse excrement sometimes is partially thawed, and makes a messy “soup” that will reduce traction.
Why: Good luck explaining this one to your friends.
Awards: There will be no awards. BUT, anyone who finishes the race without walking will receive a unique something to be determined by the prize committee. Don’t worry, it will be one-of-a-kind…..
Cost: A $5 Bill. No checks or anything that would require technology. We will have no change. There will be no pre-registration. Race day registration will start at 9 AM, and will be limited to the first 50 lunatics. The money will go towards the prizes and towards the Chelsea Runners club.
No bathrooms. Runners should use the stump by that big pile of rocks, or the outhouses about 1mile north at Clear Lake park.
No water. If you want some, bring your own or go without
No splits. They probably wouldn’t be accurate anyways.
No music, cheerleaders, or other entertainment. You will get nothing except possibly frostbite if you survive.
Anyone caught wearing headphones, excessive spandex, or fancy matching workout clothing will be shunned.
Additional running allowed. Before or after the race, you can get lost on the brutal, seemingly infinite Waterloo-Pinckney trail system that connects with the course. You may cut a hole in the ice at Clear Lake and get cleaned off if you wish.
Any questions, please call 734-433-9338 or email Julie Swager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out pictures, times, and how dumb this really is at the following site: https://www.facebook.com/SwitchBacksRace
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Waiver: I certify that I am physically fit to participate in this event. I recognize that the sponsors, their agents and promoters cannot and do not assure my safety during my involvement in this event as the course is on public roadway & trails. I assume all risks of accident and injury before, during and after the event in consideration for my entry into this event. I waive all rights and claims I or my estate may have or acquire arising from my participation in this event. I further pledge to hold harmless and indemnify the sponsors, their agents, Chelsea School District, Chelsea Community Education & State of Michigan from liability or damages as a result of my participation in the Winter Switchback Run 2019.
Created on: 12-12-18 7:29:48