Race Across the Mitten: So long, Summer!

Race Across the Mitten: So long, Summer!

Summer is winding down quickly. Before the excitement of Fall races begins, there is still time to participate in some pretty awesome summer runs. Generally, this is one of the hottest times of year to train and race, however, our strangely frigid August will make running in these cool temperatures pretty darn nice.

Photo Courtesy of It's Glow Time 5K
Photo Courtesy of It’s Glow Time 5K

It’s Glow Time 5K – August 24, 2013 – Grand Rapids
This race looks like the Color Run, but on a whole different level. The “It’s Glow Time 5K” has all of the colors of the Color Run, but takes place at night with glow sticks and lasers. The description of this race includes the idea that this is what a 5K would look like inside of a nightclub. Not only is this a race in the dark with black lights and various glow-in-the-dark clothing items, but there is a DJ as well. There will be many “party zones” along the race route with musical entertainment at each one. Registration is currently $45 and will go up to $50 on race day.

Photo Courtesy of Swampfoot 4 Mile
Photo Courtesy of Swampfoot 4 Mile

Swampfoot 4 Mile – August 31, 2013 – St. Clair
No summer is complete without a mud run. The Swampfoot 4 Mile race will have over 45 obstacles designed to wear you down. The obstacles are military inspired and the actual running route of the race is similar to that of a cross-country course. Since this course is meant to be so intense, the website has some videos that will help you train in advance. The course map is especially cool and very detailed; you have the opportunity to click on various red dots to see what sort of obstacles will be in store for you. This way, you know exactly what to train for in advance. Registration is $40, but sign up quickly; registration closes August 29th and there will not be an opportunity to sign up on race day.

Big Little Trail Race – September 2, 2013 – Buckley

Photo Courtesy of Big Little Trail Race
Photo Courtesy of Big Little Trail Race

If a scenic race is what you desire, look no further than Northern Michigan’s very own Big Little Trail Race in Buckley. Registration for the 5K and the 15K are both $40 and all proceeds go to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of NW Michigan. DTE will be sponsoring 60 runners in grades 1-12 for a free entry to this race. I definitely recommend taking advantage of this race, the trails that it takes place on are only open to the public during this race each year. It is a beautiful course that winds through the woods, two-tracks, and various trails and rolling hills.

I don’t know about you guys, but I feel like summer didn’t even happen yet. Fortunately, there is still time to take part in some races that are geared for the summer months. Do it while you can, pretty soon I’ll be recommending that you strap those YakTrax on your running shoes for winter running!

Will any of you be participating in a race before the summer comes to a close? Which Fall races are you looking forward to?

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