Fun September Races
Fun September Races
September was meant for road and trail racing. Every weekend offers dozens of fun and exciting races. It’s also an opportunity to evaluate training and racing stratagies, especially before marathons in October and November.
This Saturday, September 1st, the Milford 30km may be an ideal race to prepare for the Detroit Free Press/Flagstar Bank Marathon. Most of the course is on rolling hard packed dirt roads that are easy on the legs. Race director Doug Klingensmith and Doug Goodhue have altered the course to eliminate a loop that went past the finish line. Why do a long run by yourself when you have plenty of other runners to help pull you through the late miles. The 30km starts at 8 am at Baker’s restaurant. There is also a 10km run and walk and friends can join runners on the 30km while participating in the mountain biking race. Go to www.laborday30k.com.
September 8th has races all over the state. Three stand out.
The Mackinac Island 8 mile road race is a must do course for every runner in the Midwest. Last year over 2000 runners and walkers crossed the finish line on Mission Point Resort’s front lawn after witnessing some of the best scenery of any race in the country. The course uses the perimeter of the island to take runners along its shoreline. Along the way it offers a look at the Mackinac Bridge and several historic rock formations. www.runmackinac.com
The Dances With Dirt 100 km relay is sold out but teams are probably looking for last minute replacements. Go to www.danceswithdirt.com. The Witch’s Hat Run in South Lyon is 18 years old this year. Show up at 8 am and find out why it’s been around this long. Go to: www.slxc.com/witch.
September 16th at 8am offers the Lasalle Bank Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo celebrating its eleventh year. More than 2,500 participants from the 5 and 10 km races will circle the perimeter of the zoo through the streets of Huntington Woods, www.runwilddetroitzoo.com.
On September 22nd the 24th edition of the Kensington Challenge offers a spectacular metro parkway course. The 5km and 15km start just after 9 am. Proceeds go to host Ann Arbor Track Club activities and to support the John Rogucki Memorial Fund. Go to: www.aatrackclub.org/Events
September 30th will be a big day in Lansing. The Capital City River Run has transformed into a half marathon after 14 years as a 10 mile race. The event filled a long-distance niche for the area as a relatively low-budget mid-sized event. Now, the City of Lansing, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, Lansing Center and Olds Park have decided they want a major race. They also have the support of Curt Munson at Playmakers.
The half starts and finishes downtown at the Lansing Center. In between it features Michigan Ave, a portion of the MSU campus including Sparty, the Lansing River Trail, Scott Woods Park and Sycamore Creek Lake. The 5K also has a new course which loops around the Capitol.
The event includes a weekend fitness festival that features a bike race on Saturday and a Healthy & Fit Expo. Dick Beardsley is scheduled to speak at the pasta dinner on Saturday night at the Lansing Center. Check for additional information on www.ccriverrun.org.
All of these events need volunteers. If you haven’t offered help at a race this year, there is plenty of opportunity.