Run Woodstock Race Review

Posted on 18 April 2011


The 3rd annual Run Woodstock series of races (100M, 100K, 50M, 50K, marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K, 5M) will take place on September 9, 10 & 11 at the Hell Creek Ranch in Pinckney, MI.  Randy Step is the creator and founder of Run Woodstock and has been an endurance athlete for decades.

The 100M & 100K events will begin Friday afternoon.  With so many events on three different days, please visit www.runwoodstock.com for the complete schedule.

September in MI is one of the nicest times to run – temperatures range from lows in the 40s to highs in the 60s with typically low humidity.

Athletes receive finisher medals, fully stocked aid stations and post race delights, shirt and access to the Run Woodstock hippie hike, yoga, music, free evening runs & more! Camping is extra, but race entry gets you a deal on camping price!  Run Woodstock is also part of the 2011 Trail Runner Trophy Series – finish a race, and you are automatically entered!

The beauty of the course, the party while competitive though supportive atmosphere, the opportunity to focus solely on running – for three straight days!

There will be a race expo.  Pre race meal (race number required) includes pizza and salad bar.  Post race – most everything outside of ‘the kitchen sink!’

Growth of this race has been steady with most athletes coming from MI, IN, WI, OH – everyone, everywhere are welcome! Detroit Metro Airport http://www.metroairport.com/ is ~1 hour from the race venue. Hotels and camping are available – please visit www.runwoodstcok.com for details. Grocery stores are available within 10-20 miles of the race.

There is plenty to keep kids busy during the race – the woods, music, horseback riding and more! There will be lots going on including ‘stuff’ to purchase all weekend long!

Races start and finish in the same area. Bathrooms are plentiful, as are Aid Stations (every 4 miles) and ‘loaded for bear!’ – coke, Gatorade, coffee, pretzels, candy, more…see the complete list at http://www.runwoodstock.com.The course is clearly marked with ribbons and signs.  Traffic is not an issue.

Train on trails and hills to prepare for this event.  First Timers should follow course markings – not the person in front of you, enjoy the beauty of the course, watch for roots and uneven footing, have a blast!  Sadler Shots will be on the course for photo’s.

Why you should consider this race:

This is a great course, food, fun, camaraderie with race distances for all runners and walkers. , well organized, live entertainment…the real question is – why not?!!

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