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5K/10K/15K Race Day Timeline:
6:00‐7:00 a.m. – LATE packet pick up & registration (Only available at Central High School)
Please Note: Registration will be open thru Saturday for LATE SIGN-UPS. However, you must sign up on your computer or smartphone prior to coming to registration and packet pick up. There will be NO ONSITE COMPUTERS.
7:30a.m. – Start of the 5K
7:50a.m. - Start of 10K
8:05a.m - Start of 15K
8:00 – 10:30a.m. – Finish line shuttle back to Central High School.
10:30a.m. All race courses close
10:45a.m. Finish line will close promptly at 10:45 a.m.
Available on the Campus of NMC, EXCLUDING Aspen, Cedar and Chestnut Lots. Parking also at
Eastern Elementary and nearby Traverse City Central High School parking lots. Follow volunteers and
signage. Please Note: NMC Main Entrance closes at 7:00AM on race morning! Enter NMC parking via
East College Dr. (off Front St.) after 7:00AM.
Wear your race number on the front of your clothing. You will be recorded for your NET time which is
actual start line to actual finish line. Mats at the starting line and at the finish give every runner a net
time. Timing is provided by Classic Race Management. They have been timing the Festival of Races for
over 25 years!
The race route follows city streets that are not entirely closed to vehicular traffic. Certain streets may
be under construction or in disrepair. Stay alert! In the 15K, participants should be prepared to run
the distance in 2 hours or less. This equates to a 13 minute per mile pace. In the Half Marathon,
participants should be prepared to run the distance in 3 1/2 hours or less. This equates to a 15 minute
per mile pace.
Baby joggers are not recommended, but if you must, please register for the 5K and line up behind
NO leashed or unleashed dogs.
All courses and finish line will close promptly at 10:30 a.m.
***Finisher Medals are available this year for all races, however (due to supply chain issues) the number of 5k finisher medals are limited to the first 1000 finishers for the 5k participants.***
In the event of weather issues or a municipal emergency, the police may advise race organizers not
to hold the event. In such a scenario, race officials will cancel the event. Race officials will be using
the WBGT Index to advise participants of weather conditions. Event policy prohibits refunds for any
reason including a change of race date, suspension, or cancellation.
Finish Line Shuttle:
There will be shuttle buses available west of the finish line until 10:45AM. Buses will drive a loop from
the finish line to Central High School.
Please note: Sorry, no refunds or transfers. If you decide to switch races you may do so by logging into your
Runsignup account and transferring your race. You must do this before July 3. All transfers will cost $5 to cover
Runsignup fees. We will order t‐shirts on June 15th. We will not re‐order shirts after the race. Please register early
and get your preferred t‐shirt size!