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Where do the proceeds go?
All of the proceeds go to support youth running in Michigan. The Michigan Running foundations gives out grants, upwards of $30K to $60K annually, to support High School and Middle School Cross Country and Track programs, Youth Track Clubs, pay to play scholarships, Cross Country Camp scholarships to help students attend the camp if they cannot afford to go.
Where do I park?
The New Lansing Community College parking ramp will be open and available for parking this year! There is ample free parking in the Lansing Community College ramp. Enter and Exit the Ramp on Saginaw Street. Grand Ave will be closed. Parking Map HERE.
Is there a Packet Pickup?
Yes at the Playmakers store on Tuesday 11/23 and Wednesday 11/24 from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm (both days). Packet pick up will be at the Playmakers community center, look for the windwaiver.
The Playmakers store is located at 2299 West Grand River Ave. Okemos, MI 48864.
Race day packet pickup will begin at 7:30 am at Lansing Community College in the Gannon building, first floor. Remember there is no race day registration, only packet pickup. We do encourage early packet pickup at Playmakers to avoid long lines on race day morning.
Can I pick up my family or friend’s packet at Packet Pick Up?
What are the T-shirt sizes?
Your entry fee includes a Dri-Power Active Long Sleeve 50/50 T-Shirt. Youth S, M, L, and Adult S, M, L, XL, XXL. Shirts are not guaranteed after Wednesday, November 16th.
Are baby joggers and strollers allowed?
Yes. The race can accommodate strollers and baby joggers. Please line up towards the back of the start line.
What is the course like?
The 5000 meter course is scenic, accurate and fast through Downtown Lansing passing the State Capitol Christmas Tree. There are clocks at the mile marks provided by the Playmakers Store.
Results and Awards
Results will be live on this site and texted to your phone if you signed up for it. If you are the Overall, Master (over 40) Grand Master (over 50) or top 3 in your age group stop by the award table starting at 9:45 am and get your award. There is no awards ceremony, we want to get you home and ready for Turkey day! .
Are Dogs Allowed?
No. For the safety of the participants and the dogs we ask that you not bring your dog.
Is there refreshments/water? There is bottled water at the finish line and a light snack. We don't want you filling up too much before Thanksgiving dinner! There is no water along the course, please bring your own for the course.
Can I create or join a team? Yes we encourage groups and teams as a fun social way to kick off Thanksgiving morning! There are no awards for teams. Teams are valid for the in-person event only. During the registration steps you will be asked if you want to create or join a team, follow the steps. Please note that a team does not receive discount pricing. You can receive discount pricing if you register 3 or more people at the same time, valid until 11/16. If you register 3 people on a team and receive the discount and then want to add a 4th person to the team at a future date you will not receive the discount for the 4th person.
Are refunds allowed? No, there are no refunds
Can I transfer to the virtual event? The last day for in-person participants to transfer to the virtual race is on Wednesday, November 16th. No event transfers will be processed after that date. Packets for the virtual participants are being mailed out on Thursday, November 17th. Registration for the virtual event ends on 11/16. If you are unfamiliar with how to do an event transfer this link will walk you thru the steps. CLICK HERE - Event Transfer Steps
If I do not show up to participate in the race can I have the T-shirt mailed to me after the race? No. **No-shows to the race will forfeit their t-shirt, no exceptions **