Ready to take a peek at what I am eyeing for my 2016 race calendar?
I think the theme of 2016 will be pretty obvious but I seem to be once again focusing on trail races with a side of obstacle course races. You all know how much I love to run trails. I love OCR too but there are not a ton that come near Detroit and because I have other travel plans for 2016, I have to eliminate OCRs that I would like to do that would involve travel. Unless I win the lottery, then I will run all the OCRs all over the place.
No races planned. It’s winter. It’s cold. Although not as cold as it could be. But I do not like winter running, at least not in Michigan.
No races planned. See above.
March is that iffy time of the year where it can be cold or warm but I am willing to take my chances. I have two races that I am considering for this month.
Corktown (3/13): I ran Corktown last year for the first time and really enjoyed it. Sure it is not a trail race but outside of trail races and OCRs, I do actually enjoy races that are in downtown locales. And who doesn’t like a race through Detroit? This race has a fun St. Patty’s atmosphere, great crowd support due to it being on the St Patty’s parade route and an awesome medal. To read my recap of last year’s race, click here.
Rock CF (3/20): This is also not a trail race but it is one of my favorite local races and I have participated in it every year since it started. It is very organized, has a great course, fabulous volunteers, sweet medals, amazing post race food and it is for a great cause. It’s also where I got my half marathon PR! To read about my experience at last year’s Rock CF race, click here.
I am not sure if I will do both races or if I will just pick one. It will be hard to just pick one though, see we will see.
Trestle Trek Race (4/16): This will be a new to me race! It takes place on the Wadhams to Avoca Trail and the course crosses the famous train trestle 2 times. The old train trestle is Michigan oldest and longest non-motorized bridge which is 60 ft above Mill Creek. They offer a 4 mile, 10k, 25k and a half marathon all of which are an out and back course. The half marathon and 25k finishers will receive finisher medals. All of the races are only $25 which is a great deal!
I don’t know anyone (that I am aware of) who has run this race, so if you have, I would love your feedback on it before I decide to register.
Back to the Beach (5/15): This is the only race that I am currently signed up for. It is one of my favorite local half marathons and it takes place in my favorite place to run, Stony Creek Metropark. It’s a very organized race with fantastic volunteers and a great medal. This year they have done away with free race shirts and instead each participant will get a beach towel. I like that idea as I have a lot of race shirts and I don’t use a majority of them.
Lilac 10k Run (6/4): This is not a trail race but it is on Mackinaw Island and it is on Chris’s birthday weekend. Chris has for the most part hung up his running shoes, but he loves Mackinaw Island so much that I could twist his arm to do this race with me. The run also celebrates the Lilac Festival which is a fun time to visit the island.
Two Hearted Trail Run (6/25): Now THIS is a trail race! This race takes place in the Upper Peninsula and 80% of the course is single track trails. They offer a half, a marathon and a 50k; all of which end at the Upper Tahquamenon Falls. Detroit Runner ran the half last year and you can read his race recap by clicking here.
I probably won’t end up doing both races, so if Chris decides he wants to do the Lilac Run, I will have to put the Two Hearted Trail Run on my race list for next year.
Waugoshance Race (7/9): This race is put on by Great Lakes Endurance who also does the Two Hearted Trail Run. The Waugoshance Race takes place in Emmet County which is where I grew up! Unfortunately I was not as into running as I am now so I never ran on the trails that make up this race course. A majority of the course is single track and they offer a half marathon, marathon relay and a marathon. Detroit Runner also ran this race last year, you can view his recap here.
Battlefrog Obstacle Race (8/27): I’ve never ran a Battlefrog Obstacle Race (not to be confused with Red Frog, the folks who put on Warrior Dash) but I heard it is fun. The only downside to the event, at least right now, is that the location for the Detroit event is TBD. The Metro Detroit area is very large so it could either be close to me or far away from me and I would prefer to know the location before I sign up.
Down & Dirty Obstacle Race (8/28): I’ve done the Detroit Down & Dirty several times and outside of the water issues that they had the last time I did it, I always enjoyed my experience. As you may notice this is the day after the Battlefrog. It’s tempting to do both even though it is the same weekend because by the look of things, these will be the only two OCRs on my schedule this year.
The Hungerford Trail Races (9/24): This race has been on my wish list for quite some time now, so it’s about time that I finally do it. The race occurs in Big Rapids and they offer a half, a marathon and a 50 miler. They also have a sweet wooden finishers medal that I have been lusting over.
Thru The Leaves Trail Run (10/1): I stumbled upon this race on the runmichigan website. The race takes place in Rochester Hills and it offers both a 10k and a half marathon. Since I have never heard of the race, I thought it would be fun to check out. Plus, it’s a trail race so it has to be good right?
Hideous Holiday Sweater Run (11/12): This is another race that I found on the runmichigan site. It takes place at Kensington Metropark although it does not appear to be on trails. It seems they are utilizing the bike path for the race course. They are offering a 1 mile, 5k and a 13k option. I’ve never ran a 13k race before so that would give me an automatic PR right?! 😉 All proceeds for the race will go to the Scleroderma Foundation Michigan Chapter.
What races are you eyeing for this year?