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The decision to transition to a virtual event was made after reviewing the COVID-19 situation. A portion of each registration fee will be donated to the local charity organization of United Way Mason County COVID-19 Relief Fund. Additional information regarding the fund is available on their webpage at: https://www.masoncountyuw.org/covid-19. We appreciate your support through these unprecedented times and look forward to celebrating the 40th Anniversary in 2021!
Freedom is not free. Deep down in our hearts we all know that. Our freedom is a gift given to us by our Creator and all the men and women who sacrificed to preserve it. Let's honor our veterans this year at the Lakestride. Our veterans will have a special bib that identifies the branch they served in. Prior to the beginning of the races we will take some time to shake their hand, thank them, hug them and love on them. They deserve it. We have other things in the works that we will share with you as race day nears. This is going to be special.
Ludington on Display by Todd and Brad Reed Photography: For 37 years Todd Reed has been photographing Michigan Scenes. Brad joined his dad after graduating from Calvin College and it’s been magical ever since. The award winning father-son team have produced several books showcasing the natural beauty of Northern Michigan. Once you have seen their photos you will agree that the FCA Ludington Lakestride is truly a Destination Race. On a bi-monthly basis we will be sharing Todd and Brad’s photos with you as part of our email updates. The image shown is the iconic Ludington Lighthouse, right next to the finish line of our races. Click on the photo if you would like to go to the Todd and Brad Reed Photography website. Then click the "Online Gallery" tab to view more. We hope you enjoy them.
Additional race information can be found at http://www.ludingtonlakestride.org.
On June 13, 2020, we will host the 40th running of the Ludington Lakestride Races. Due to COVID-19, we've made the decision to transition to a virtual event. This will still be timed and you'll be able to upload your results for scoring. We will offer Masters male/female and Overall male/female winners for each race. Your Virtual registration will include a newly designed T-shirt and race medal. A portion of each registration will be donated to United Way Mason County COVID-19 Relief Fund. Additional information regarding the fund can be found on the webpage at: https://www.masoncountyuw.org/covid-19. We appreciate the support through this unprecedented time and will look forward to celebrating our 40th Anniversary celebration in 2021! A brief history of the Lakestride races: Beginning in 1981, this race has become well known for the quality of experience and competition the runners bring in. Over the years the half-marathon race has changed courses and the 10K race was replaced with a 5-kilometer race. The 10K event has recently been re-introduced, which gives runners a choice among 3 distances; the long standing Half-marathon, 10K, or 5K race. Race directors have changed, along with volunteers and sponsors, but the tradition remains, and each year the event will become bigger and better.
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The half marathon course is beautiful, yet challenging. Runners start on Lake Shore Drive, near the city beach, and head north towards the Ludington State Park, then turn off to the right at Piney Ridge Road, about the 2 mile mark. Runners will then continue along for 2 miles of paved,rolling hills, that run between the Lake Michigan dunes and Hamlin Lake. They will leave Piney Ridge Road at about the 4 mile mark and enjoy a 1.8 mile trail run through a very beautiful mature forest. This section of the course is fun, with a few technical areas. It’s full of short ups and downs that allow you to maintain pace with little effort, it’s fast but passing must be done carefully. Once clear of the woods, you run down the infamous sand dune, cross over Hamlin dam, run through the State Park and turn south running along the Lake Michigan Shore line on Lakeshore Drive for about 6 miles. Runners will want to take in the view of the lake on this return trip. Aid stations offering Gatorade & water will dot every mile up to the trail entrance and will continue again once runners exit the State Park, about the 7 mile mark. There will not be port-a-johns on the course. The majority of the run is flat. The trail is the exception, along with one hill at the 12 mile mark. After that it’s flat and fast to the finish located at the city beach. Enjoy post-race refreshments in the finish area tent while cheering on fellow finishers. Most of the runners bring family and spend the day on the beach swimming, tanning or playing volleyball. Downtown Ludington is walking distance from the beach.
There will be a large tent located in the center of Stearns Park Beach right next to the finish line. This venue will serve as Lakestride Race Central. Packet pickup will be June 7, 201 from 5-8 pm and race morning from 7-8 am. Past years shirts will also be available for purchase. Stearns Park is a focal point in Ludington, where so many people gather for a number of activities. This is the city's largest beach, with 2,500 feet of sandy shoreline and plenty of FREE parking. Here you can swim, build a sand castle, and enjoy the view of the Ludington North Breakwater Lighthouse or watch the Badger Car Ferry as it enters or leaves port. The half-mile walk out to the Lighthouse is popular among couples, families, and fishermen. Beach patrol officers are on duty from 11am-8pm.
Friday June 7, 5-8PM Lakestride Race Central at the center of Stearns Park Beach.
Saturday June 8, 7-8AM Lakestride Race Central at the center of Stearns Park Beach.
All participants in the Half Marathon, 10K & 5K will receive a Sport-Tek short sleeve T-shirt. Finishers will also receive a "Finisher Medal"
The 1 mile Fun Run/Walk held in conjunction with Spectrum Health of Ludington and the Lakestride will be Friday, June 7 at 6 pm. This is a free event for the family, pre-registration is not necessary. Our goal for the Fun Run is...Fun! Kids, moms and dads, anyone who wants to participate are welcome. The race is timed and participants will be able to see their time on a large display at the finish line. Finisher ribbons will be available for the children. No official results will be posted. The starting line is just south of Stearns park at the west end of Ludington Avenue.
For each virtual race registration you'll receive a T-shirt and participation medal shipped to you. Masters male/female and Overall male/female awards in each race will be mailed out.
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