Black Toenail Friday Half Marathon and 7.5 Miler

Fri November 27, 2020 Commerce Township, MI 48382 US Directions
November 16, 2020 Update

Update as of 11/16/2020: Instead of 100 person corrals, we will be utilizing 20 person corrals. This means instead of 4 or 5 corrals, we will have at least 12 in order to comply with the new COVID guidelines and ensure a safe race environment.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE follow all COVID-related instructions. If people choose to ignore the rules (not wearing masks, gathering in large groups outside of corrals, sticking around after the event, etc.) we and other groups will most likely have future races at State Parks shutdown until this pandemic is over. It is very important that you abide by the rules if you choose to attend.

If you are not comfortable competing in-person, you are welcome to switch to the virtual race. Also, if you are not feeling well in the days leading up to the race or on race day, please stay home and compete virtually. Virtual race packets (hoodies and medals) will be mailed out a week after the race.

Thank you all for being patient with us as we navigate the new restrictions! We can't thank you enough for your support in 2020.

Race Website

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Update (10/28/2020)  Trivium Racing has been given the go ahead to have BTNF in person for 2020!  There are small event modifications that you NEED to be aware of when signing up for this event.  Please click the Athlete Guide here to understand the event changes.

Join Trivium Racing for their Thanksgiving weekend tradition! Relax on Thanksgiving and hit the trails for your holiday running race on Black Friday for our half marathon. This race will be taking place on the beautiful trails of Proud Lake State Recreation Area.  The trails are well groomed and have very little in the way of hills!

Leave the crowds to the mall, and come on out for a great race. One of the best parts about The Black Toenail Friday Half and 7.5 mile race is that you can sleep in. With an 11:00 AM start time, you can relax and enjoy Thanksgiving knowing you have plenty of time before the starting gun goes off. This event usually sells out, so do not wait until the last minute to sign up!

The half marathon is a two loop half, while the 7.5 mile course is a 1 lap version of the half marathon - same great course, sweatshirt and medal with a lot less work!

2700 Glengary Rd
Commerce Township, MI US 48382
Race Contact Info

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There will be tons of parking available right at the starting area, which is in the RV campground, please make sure you use the correct address as the starting line is not near the main entrance!

This is a state park so to enter the state park you will need either a State Park Passport (good at all parks all year) or pay for a one day entry upon arrival.  This money will be collected at the gate.

Schedule of Events

Early Packet Pick Up - November 25th:

  • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM location TBD

Race Day - November 27th:

  • 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM - Packet Pickup
  • 10:45 AM - Pre-race Meeting at the start line
  • 11:00 AM - Half Marathon AND 7.5 Mile Start
  • 1:00 PM - 7.5 - Mile awards
  • 2:00 PM - Half Marathon Awards
  • 2:30 PM - Race Cut-off Time (If a runner has fallen far off-pace by the second lap, they may be pulled off the course by event staff)
Hunting Season

This race takes place during hunting season.  Hunters will be warned in the weeks leading up to the race that runners will be coming through.  The park has stated that, while they are not concerned (trails are still open to hikers and runners during hunting season and hunters are always aware of this), runners may want to wear bright colors for additional visibility.

What's Included with Your Registration

Regular Registration

  • Custom Black Toenail Friday Hoodie
  • Awesome post-race food and drinks
  • Live Results
  • Points toward the Trivium Southeast Michigan Running Series
  • The greatest excuse to not be out shopping all day
  • 2020 Mega Medal #6 - The Black Toenail Friday race will be the sixth race in the Trivium Southeast Michigan Mega Medal Series in 2020!  All medals will magnetically connect to create one giant medal!

Economy Registration

  • Custom Black Toenail Friday Hoodie
  • Custom Black Toenail Friday Finishers Medal
  • Awesome post-race food and drinks
  • Live Results
  • Points toward the Trivium Southeast Michigan Running Series
  • The greatest excuse to not be out shopping all day!

Both the Half Marathon and 7.5 mile events will be chip timed. Overall awards will be based on gun time and Age Group awards will be based on chip time. 

  • Finisher medals to everyone who completes the trail half marathon and 7.5 miler.
  • Awards for top three overall males and females in the Half Marathon and 7.5 Mile event
  • Awards for top three males and females in the following age groups in both races– 14 & under; 15-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70+
  • Special points for those competing as part of a select Running Club or Corporate Team (make sure to register as part of that team so you get the points!)
Virtual Race Instructions

To complete your virtual race and receive your finisher medal and shirt, follow these steps:

1. Run your half marathon or 7.5 mile race at a place and time of your choosing
2. Track your time with a watch or fitness app 
3. Report your time here by clicking "Submit Virtual Results". Results can be submitted anytime between November 23rd and December 13th

Once all results are submitted on December 13th, shirts and finisher medals will be mailed out. Please double check that your mailing address is correct on your registration before the 13th!

COVID-19 Event Rules
  • Social distancing of at least 6ft will be required at all times except with members of the same household.
  • No headphones will be allowed on the course to allow for safe passing distance.
  • Athletes will be required to wear a face mask covering their nose and mouth prior to and following the run. Athletes not following this rule are subject to being disqualified from the event.
  • Anyone who upper respiratory symptoms or a fever of 99F or higher, who has been in contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, or who has a pending or positive COVID-19 test result within the 2 weeks before event day will not be allowed to participate.
  • Spectators are not allowed at the event.
  • Athletes not preparing to start must be at their car, in their assigned corral, or warming up away from the course.

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