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Vasa Trail Run Race Review

Posted on 10 May 2011

Vasa Trail RunThe 5th annual Vasa 25K, 10K & 5K Trail Run will be held on Saturday October 1, 2011 at the Vasa Trail Head, Traverse City, MI (4450 Bartlett Rd Williamsburg, MI 49690). Complete detail can be found at Randy Step is the creator and founder and has been an endurance athlete for decades. There has been steady growth of this race.

All races begin at 8:30 AM.  Fall weather in Northern MI is cool – perfect for running with lows in the 40s and highs in the 50s. Please visit for costs and deadlines.

The sheer beauty of the course and northern MI in the fall, color changes and all make this a very memorable race.

Runners receive a t-shirt, age division awards and aid on the course though runners are recommended to also carry their own. Post race goodies provided!

Most of the athletes come from MI, IN, OH &  WI but the event has enjoyed steady growth.  Cherry Capital Airport, is located in Traverse City, MI and there are plenty of hotels in the area, please visit Grocery stores can be found within 10 miles from the start of the race.

Packet pick-up will be available on Friday Sept 30 at the downtown Traverse City Running Fit location, – lots of race specific and fun items available for purchase and potential race weekend sales. Traverse City is a ‘hot spot’ for vacationing in northern MI, and there is plenty to do – hiking, beaches, shopping, eateries, sand dunes and more.

Vasa Trail Run Race Review

The race starts and finishes in the same area, with no traffic issues to be concerned about. The course is clearly marked – mostly with ribbons and signs, but the race director will give clear instructions at the start of the event. There are plenty of bathroom facilities. “We are only able to find 2 car accessible points on the Vasa Trail to set up aid aid stations, one per race. For the 10K the aid station will be around 6K. For the 25K the aid station will be around 12K to 13K. It is recommended that all participants carry their own water and fill up at the aid station.” Water will be available at the start and finish.

First timers should Train on trails and hills.  Follow the course markings – not the person in front of you.  Enjoy the beauty of the area.  Aid will be available on the course, but it is recommended that all runners carry their own fluids and energy replacement needs.

This race is a nice change from the mega events of late, the Vasa Trail Run offers a beautiful and well-managed event in one of best-loved vacation spots that MI has to offer.  Early October in MI generally lends itself to perfect running conditions along with color changes not to be missed.  Proceeds go to maintain the Vasa trail,


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