Portage Winter Blast

Sun February 21, 2021 Kalamazoo, MI 49001 US Directions
Events

Half Marathon

$65 8:00AM EST - 1:00PM EST
187 spots left. Price increases after December 31, 2020 at 11:59pm EST

10K Run

$15 10:00AM EST - 1:00PM EST
155 spots left. Price increases after December 31, 2020 at 11:59pm EST

5K Run/Walk

$15 9:00AM EST - 1:00PM EST
181 spots left. Price increases after December 31, 2020 at 11:59pm EST
Place
606 E Kilgore Rd
Loy Norrix High School
Kalamazoo, MI US 49001
Description

The 8th Annual Portage Winter Blast Half Marathon/10K/5K is organized by Susan G. Komen Michigan, Kalamazoo Area Runners, and the City of Portage in a community celebration of health and wellness. All proceeds will benefit Susan G. Komen Michigan. Over the last 20 years, Komen Michigan has funded over $12 million in community breast health programs across 24 counties.  We will be following COVID guidelines and offer staggered starts, more information will be sent with our health and safety rules and regulations in the coming weeks. We do ask you wear a mask when getting ready to start and maintain 6 feet social distancing (when possible). 

 

Course

The half marathon, 10k and 5K courses highlight the Portage Trail Way System and include a mix of mostly flat paved bike trail and city roads. Road closures will occur as appropriate.  The course is cleared of snow and ice as much as possible, however, this is a mid-winter run and conditions may include extreme cold and windy conditions and slick surfaces caused by snow, ice, sleet, hail, mud, and rain.

 

Event Dates and Times

All running events will start and end at Loy Norrix High School at 606 E. Kilgore Rd., Kalamazoo, MI 49001 on Sunday, February 21, 2021.

Each race will have its own start as follows:

Half Marathon - 8:00 am

Cutoff time to be included in half marathon results is 3 hours, 45 minutes. Roads will be re-opened at 1:00pm

5K - 9:00 am

10K - 10:00 am

Due to the continued coronavirus pandemic, we are altering the race start from previous years to staggered start times. At the time of registration runners will be asked to enter their estimated finish time and will be placed in a corral. The Half Marathon will have 5 corrals and the 10K and 5K will each have 4 corrals. Each corral will have 50 participants. Corrals will be started every 10 minutes. You will receive an e-mail with your start time. NO PACERS WILL BE PROVIDED THIS YEAR. 

 

Packet Pick Up

Susan G. Komen Michigan, Kalamazoo Area Runners, and the City of Portage takes the health and safety of our participants, supporters, volunteers, and staff very seriously. With ongoing COVID-19 concerns, we will not be holding an Expo this year. We strongly encourage everyone to participate in our curbside packet pick up at KELC Events - Kalamazoo Experiential Learning Center (1417 S. Burdick St., Kalamazoo, MI 49001).

All registered runners will receive their bib and finisher medal at packet pickup. 

Friday, February 19th 11am – 7pm 

Saturday. February 20th 11am – 3pm 

Race Day Packet Pick Up will be available throughout the day on Sunday, February 21st. Please do not arrive more than 45 minutes before your start time. THERE WILL BE NO BAGGAGE DROP/EQUIPMENT CHECK. Please keep personal belongings in your locked vehicle. 

 

Registration

Online registration will close Sunday, February 14th at 11:59pm. THERE WILL BE NO DAY OF REGISTRATIONS. 

There is no shirt guarantee for transfers or registrations received after January 31, 2021.

Due to safety and potential liability issues, anyone running with a bib that is not their own in any race will be disqualified. 

There are NO refunds or deferments.  Registration may be transferred to another runner as a “gift” or as a reimbursement to the original registrant and charge to the new registrant online through pre-registration close.  

Runners may drop from the half marathon to the 10k or 5k at no additional charge but cannot transfer from the 10k or 5k to the half marathon.

 

Registration Cap

Half Marathon – 250 runners

10K – 200 Runners

5K – 200 Runners

 

Registration Fees

Period 1: Until December 31, 2020

Half Marathon: $65 ($10 discount for KAR members) FEES INCLUDE TECH TEE SHIRT.

5k/10k: $15 ($5 discount for KAR members) REDUCED REGISTRATION FEE WITHOUT A TECH TEE SHIRT.  PARTICIPANTS MAY ORDER A SHIRT WITH A $20 EXTRA CHARGE.

Period 2: January 1 to February 14, 2020 (Registration closes 2/14/2021 11:59 pm)

Half Marathon: $75 ($10 discount for KAR members) FEES INCLUDE TECH TEE SHIRT.

5k/10k: $20 ($5 discount to KAR members) REDUCED REGISTRATION FEE WITHOUT A TECH TEE SHIRT.  PARTICIPANTS MAY ORDER A SHIRT WITH A $20 EXTRA CHARGE.

 

Awards

Awards to first place overall open, masters, grand masters, senior masters will be a complementary registration for next year’s event. Age group awards for top 3 finishers will receive 50% off registration for next year’s event. Finisher medals to all participants completing a race (will be provided in packet pick up).

 

Timing and Scoring

Timing and scoring will be done by Mac's Sports Timing using ChronoTrack technology. Results will be posted during and immediately after the event (http://www.macssportstiming.com). 

 

COVID-19 DISCLAIMER

We will do our best to hold this event in person, but if local/state/federal guidelines do not allow for us to hold the event in person, we will convert to a virtual event. No refunds will be issued if we convert to a virtual event. 

 

Parking

Please enter the Loy Norrix Parking Lot at the entrance on Lovers Lane closest to E Kilgore Road.

 

2020 Winter Blast - Course Directions (Turn-by-turn) 

All 3 routes start in the parking lot of Loy Norrix High School, exiting onto Lovers Lane by the southern-most exit. Please note that there will be no pacers this year to assist with social distancing. 

All races utilize the PCBT system, accessing from Lovers Lane at the access gate just south of I-94, across from Hamelink.

 

1/2 Marathon Route

Exit southern-most exit of Loy Norrix High School parking lot

Turn left from the lot and proceed south, crossing into the western-most lane of traffic

Proceed South on Lovers Lane to Access Gate.

Turn right to go through the Access Gate and follow PCBT south towards Romence Road

(Please note there may be construction on the legs of the trail between Milham and Romence)

Course proceeds south on the straightest/shortest sections of trail

Pass under Romence Road and proceed to Garden Lane

Cross Garden Lane and continue south on the trail towards Centre Street

Continue south on the trail behind the library, using the trail section running parallel to Currier

Cross Centre street and turn right, proceeding along Centre Street on the south sidewalk

Continue on the south sidewalk, crossing over Cross Westnedge, past Chicken Coop, and under the Centre Plaza sign entering the Shaver Rd. Bikeway.

Stay on the Bikeway south, parallel to Shaver Rd.

Cross Melody Ave. and continue south on the trail as it runs parallel to Industrial Drive

Just before the driveway to BASIC, turn right and continue onto the Eliason Trail, continuing south

Near Delineator #73, and just south of “Becky’s Bench” you reach the TURN AROUND

Retrace all routes along the roads and trails back to the Access Gate on Lovers Lane near Hamelink

At the gate DO NOT reenter Lovers Lane, but continue north on the trail toward Kilgore Road, crossing under the highway

At the Kilgore Road Trailhead turn right towards Low Norrix High School, utilizing the south sidewalk

Cross Lovers Lane at the intersection with Kilgore, proceeding east along Kilgore Road on the south sidewalk

Turn right at the Kilgore Road entrance to Loy Norrix High School and follow the cones/markings toward the finish

 

10K Route

Exit southern-most exit of Loy Norrix High School parking lot

Turn left from the lot and proceed south, crossing into the western-most lane of traffic

Proceed South on Lovers Lane to Access Gate.

Turn right to go through the Access Gate and follow PCBT south towards Romence Road

Please note there may be construction on the legs of the trail between Milham and Romence

Course proceeds south on the straightest/shortest sections of trail

Pass under Romence Road and proceed to Garden Lane

Cross Garden Lane and continue south on the trail towards Centre Street

Just south of the Grain elevator to the west of the trail at Celery Flats, and up the hill behind the housing community, you reach the TURN AROUND

Retrace all routes along the roads and trails back to the Access Gate on Lovers Lane near Hamelink

At the gate DO NOT reenter Lovers Lane, but continue north on the trail toward Kilgore Road, crossing under the highway

At the Kilgore Road Trailhead turn right towards Low Norrix High School, utilizing the south sidewalk

Cross Lovers Lane at the intersection with Kilgore, proceeding east along Kilgore Road on the south sidewalk

Turn right at the Kilgore Road entrance to Loy Norrix High School and follow the cones/markings toward the finish

 

5K Route

Exit southern-most exit of Loy Norrix High School parking lot

Turn left from the lot and proceed south, crossing into the western-most lane of traffic

Proceed South on Lovers Lane to Access Gate.

Turn right to go through the Access Gate and follow PCBT south towards Milham Road

Cross over Milham Road using the pedestrian bridge

Just beyond the parking lot to the Milham Road PCBT access/park you will reach the TURN AROUND

This turn around is just south of delineator #23

Retrace all routes along the roads and trails back to the Access Gate on Lovers Lane near Hamelink

At the gate DO NOT reenter Lovers Lane, but continue north on the trail toward Kilgore Road, crossing under the highway

At the Kilgore Road Trailhead turn right towards Loy Norrix High School, utilizing the south sidewalk

Cross Lovers Lane at the intersection with Kilgore, proceeding east along Kilgore Road on the south sidewalk

Turn right at the Kilgore Road entrance to Loy Norrix High School and follow the cones/markings toward the finish

 

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