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Additional race information can be found at http://hollandhavenmarathon.com.
Sunday September 8, 2019
Holland Haven Marathon runners experience the beautiful coast of Lake Michigan as they travel from Grand Haven to Holland. This USATF certified, point-to-point marathon follows Lakeshore Drive past the summer cottages right into downtown Holland. The early September weekend allows for mild weather and a final opportunity to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Boston qualifying hopefuls can make the cut only one day before registration opens.
The Holland Haven Half Marathon begins at Camp Geneva along the Lake Michigan coastline. Runners follow the scenic Lakeshore Drive past the beaches and into the City of Holland. The flat and fast course is comprised of paved bike paths along Lake Michigan and Lake Macatawa. This one-way race is one-of-a-kind in West Michigan, uniting communities in a unique event.
The Holland Haven 8K race is a great segue into longer distance races. The 8K race is a flat, out-and-back course. As a mid-distance road race, it is accessible enough for the novice runner yet incredibly challenging to experienced racers. All ages are welcome to run or walk the race.
The Team Runner series allows runners to form teams of 4 to 8 runners. Coed teams are allowed and there are no age restrictions. All Team Runners on the same team must run individually within the same race. Each Team Runner is scored based on their individual age group placing. Total Team Runner score for the team is the sum of the best 4 finishing places for that team.
The after party celebration for runners is at the all new Holland Civic Center. There is local beer, local cider, local food, live music and the race expo. Every race finisher receives a commemorative race medal. Those completing all 3 race distances in separate years earn the coveted Trifecta Medal.
Holland Haven Marathon is proud to support Camp Geneva - Charity Partner 2019.
Full Marathon Start: 7:30 am
Half Marathon Start: 8:00 am
8K Start 8:30 am
Courses close at 2:00 pm, packet pick up is available the night before and on race day.
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.Questions?
Frequently Asked Questions
What's the time limit on this race?
All races will be closed at 2:00 pm. If you are still running after this time, we ask that you get onto the sidewalk since there will be no more course support.
What is the official race t-shirt?
T-shirt is a short-sleeve, polyblend fabric. They are NOT unisex. Order men's or women's sizing.
Are wheelchairs permitted?
No, at this time there is not a division for wheelchairs.
Will the miles be marked on the course?
Yes, the miles will be marked on the road or the path at every mile the 8k, half marathon and full marathon distances.
Will there be aid stations on the course?
There are Aid Stations located every 2 miles along all race courses.
All Aid Stations have water.
For the Full and Half Marathons
Every 4 miles Aid Stations have Gatorade.
Mile 18 (Mile 5 for Half) Aid Stations have GU.
Blueberries are at mile 20-full and mile 7-half
Bacon is at mile 24-full and mile 11-half
Porto-Johns are at miles 0,2,4,6,13,16,18,20,26 for the Full
Porto-Johns are at miles 0,3,5,7,13 for the Half Marathon.
For the 8K Race
There are Aid Stations located at miles 1, 2.5, and 4 on the course.
All Aid Stations have water.
Aid Station 2.5 also has Gatorade and bacon.
Will there be portable bathrooms on the course?
Yes, there will be bathrooms at the start and finish as well as on the course at approximately 4-5 mile increments.
Can someone else pick up my packet?
Yes, the party will be required to provide photo ID and the street address for the participant.
Are roller skates, inline skates, bikes, strollers or pets allowed to participate in the events?
No. If you are caught on the course with any of these, you will be directed off the course.
Are headphones of any kind allowed in the events?
The Holland Haven Marathon strongly discourages the use of headphones. We ask that you not listen to music so that you may safely hear instructions from directors, volunteers, and police; you are able to enjoy the sounds of the events and the runners around you.
I’m interested in volunteering, how can I get signed up?
For information on volunteering for you or your organization, please visit our Volunteering page.
What is the course?
Do you have a training guide I can use on my own?
There is no training guide available at this time.
Where is packet pick-up?
See packet pick up for details.
What are the hours for packet pick-up?
See packet pick up for details.
What is the refund policy?
Refunds are not available. See registration for details.
Can I change races?
Yes. See registration for details.
Can I transfer my bib?
Yes. See registration for details.
Can I register the day of the race?
No. You can register online until Tuesday 9/3/2019.
Register by phone 9/5/2018 – 9/7/2019.
Late registration is also available at Packet Pick on 9/7/2019.
Where should I park?
Parking is available at both starting locations and the finish. See our website for maps.
Is the Holland Haven a Boston qualifier?
Yes. The marathon course is USATF and Boston certified.
How is the race timed?
The race is electronically timed using a timing chip system.
What roads will be closed during the race?
One lane of River and Pine avenues will be closed in Holland. All other running will be on bike paths.
Will there be pacers?
There are not pacers at this time.
My GPS says I ran longer than 13.1/26.2. Are you sure the course is accurate?
Yes. The course was certified by a USATF official. GPS devices are not as accurate as many runners believe. Even if you had a perfectly accurate GPS device, you should expect it to record a distance slightly longer than the official length. When you factor in the crowds and the water stops, it is nearly impossible to run the shortest possible path that the course certifier takes when measuring. In fact, if your GPS ever gives you the precise official length of the race, it is most likely that either your device is off or the course is short.
Will an official race photographer be on the course?
Yes, photos will be available for free after the race on our website and Facebook page.
What will the temperature be the day of the race?
Average temperatures on September 8th range from 59F to 75F.
What will I receive when I cross the finish line?
Everyone who completes the event will receive a finishing medal.
Where should my friends and family watch me on the course?
Spectators will be able to watch along most of the race course. We suggest driving to a main intersection of the race course along a side road and parking for spectating.
Will there be buses available for transporting runners?
Yes. Buses will transport runners to the start of the race BEFORE the race only. There are NOT any buses after the race.
Is gear check available? and How does it work?
Gear/bag check will be available at both starting locations.
Will there be beer at the finish?
Yes, for 2019 the Holland Haven Marathon there will be free beer and cider available at the finish line.
Will I be able to shower after the race?
What is the elevation on this course?
The elevation chart is on our website.
What if I miss the shuttle to the starting line?
Unfortunately, we cannot delay the race start for late participants. All shuttles will run on time.
Where can I meet my family after the race?
What are the age group awards divisions?
The full marathon, half marathon and 8K all have an overall male and female winner along with a masters (40+) male and female winner. Age group divisions for full marathon, half marathon and 8K are 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+ (Additionally there is a 17 and under division for 8K) The top 3 finishers in each male and female division receive awards.
Can I walk the race?
The Holland Haven Marathon welcomes walkers in both the 8K and half marathon races.
Still have a question? Please send an email to Eddie Kline, Race Director: ReddieFit@gmail.com
Holland Haven Marathon runners experience the beautiful coast of Lake Michigan as they travel from Grand Haven to Holland. This point-to-point marathon follows Lakeshore Drive past summer cottages and over majestic hills right into downtown Holland. The early September weekend allows for mild weather and a last chance to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Boston qualifying hopefuls love this opportunity to make the cut only one day before registration opens. The 26.2 mile course is USATF certified as a Boston qualifier.
The 13.1 mile Holland Haven Half Marathon begins at Camp Geneva Christian Youth Camp along the Lake Michigan coastline. Runners follow the scenic Lakeshore Drive past the beaches and into the City of Holland. The flat and fast course is comprised of paved bike paths along Lake Michigan and Lake Macatawa. This one-way race is one-of-a-kind in West Michigan, uniting communities in a unique event.
The 8K race is a great segue into longer distance races. The Holland Haven 8K race is a flat route, out-and-back course. As a mid-distance road race, it is accessible enough for the novice runner yet incredibly challenging to experienced racers. Participants can do the Holland Haven 8K as a fun run with kids and as an 8K walk.
All runners celebrate their accomplishments at our post race party with live music, local beer, local cider, local food and exhibitor race expo. Every race finisher receives a commemorative race medal. Those completing all 3 distances in separate years earn the coveted Trifecta Medal.
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