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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 Ludington Lakestride is truly a Destination Race. 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.
Join us to celebrate the 40th Anniversary live running of the Ludington Lakestride Races for 2021! On June 12th we will host the 40th running of the Ludington Lakestride Races. There is still a virtual option as well to allow anyone the opportunity to participate in the celebration and the ability to transfer to the in person if you may have already registered for the virtual. There will be separate scoring between the virtual & day of. The virtual will still be a timed event and you'll be able to upload your results for live scoring. This year you will have from June 10th through the 20th to complete & upload your race time. We will have live results posting all week to monitor your finish time in the event standings. Your Virtual registration will include a special edition 40th anniversary designed long-sleeve shirt and finisher medal which will be mailed to you. Please note there will be no option for refunds or deferrals. A portion of each will be donated to United Way Mason County COVID-19 Relief Fund and the Lakeshore Food 4 Kids program. Additional information regarding the fund can be found on the webpage at: https://www.masoncountyuw.org/covid-19. We appreciate the support of our participants in 2020 who all helped to hold a successful event and look forward to accomplishing this again in 2021.
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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. 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.
Each registration will include a Sport-tek long sleeve shirt and finisher medal. All virtual participants will be mailed theirs.
The 1 mile Fun Run/Walk held in conjunction with Spectrum Health of Ludington and the Lakestride. This is a free event for the family, pre-registration through RunSignup is encouraged. 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. No official results will be posted. The starting line is just south of Stearns park at the west end of Ludington Avenue.
Each virtual race registration will receive a special edition 40th anniversary long-sleeve race shirt & finisher medal which will be mailed to each participant.
All in person participants will receive a finisher medal upon crossing the finish line and long-sleeve tech tee on race day or packet pickup.
Overall male & female winners in the half marathon will each receive a new pair of shoes from Snyder’s Shoes. Overalls in the 5K & 10K will be awarded gift certificates from Snyder’s shoes.
In addition, all overall winners will receive a custom photo plaque by Rob Alway. Age group medals will be awarded to 1st-3rd in each race distance.
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