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Watervliet Municipal Airport
8560 Airport Drive
Watervliet, MI US 49098
10th Annual Chili Hop Run/Walk Sunday, September 15, 2019 @ 9:00 am Watervliet Municipal Airport, 8560 Airport Drive, Watervliet, MI 49098
New in 2019...
NEW DATE: Over the past few years, mid-October weather conditions turned this event into a cold, wet, mud-run with few if any planes able to land. For our 10th Annual event, we moved up the event by one month to Sunday, September 15.
NEW TIME: By moving up the date, we're moving up the start time to 9:00 am!
NEW BENEFIT PARTNER: To encourage some healthy school rivalry, we'll award a portion of the proceeds to the school with the highest number student participation!
Students 17 & Under pay only $15
When registering, indicate which school you attend
During the race, we'll determine the schools with the highest number of students participating.
A minimum of $300 will be donated to local school Athletic Departments: $150 to the top school, followed by $100 and $50 to the first and second runners up. The donation amount may increase with the number of race participants.
NEW ROUTES: Let's face it, some people just don't enjoy running or walking on grass, especially wet grass! So this year we're offering some options. Participants can choose from a shorter route that is mainly paved streets, or a longer one that is a mix of streets, mown grass, and trails.
NEW DISTANCES: Along with a change in routes, we are offering two distance and timing options.
Getting tired of the same old 5K distance? Try something new with our Timed 4 Miler Run/Walk
This event distance starts out with two miles on streets. But once you return to the airport, you'll head out to cover some of the original Chili Hop 5K trails surrounding the airport.
Participants receive a themed race bib, an event shirt, official finish time, and are eligible for Overall & Age Group Awards
Not a fan of off-road courses? Choose the 4K route on paved and gravel streets with Timed and Untimed options.
How far is a 4K? It's about 2.5 miles.
It starts and finishes on the gravel paths around the runways at the Watervliet Municipal Airport clubhouse, with most of the route on paved streets.
Timed participants receive a themed race bib, an event shirt, official finish time, and are eligible for Overall & Age Group Awards
Not concerned about timing or awards? The low cost, Untimed 4K Fun Run/Walk is for you. Since it's not timed, you don't have to finish the whole route.
Untimed Fun Run participants receive an event t-shirt and a generic race bib with this low-cost option, but won't be eligible for awards or prizes.
Strollers are permitted. Pre-registered participants will receive an event t-shirt while supplies last. Proceeds benefit EAA Chapter 585, with a portion benefitting local school Athletic Departments.
FEES: TIMED 4 Miler or 4K Run/Walk
18 & Over: $15 through April 30
$20 May 1 - August 25
$25 August 26 - Race Day
17 & Under: $15 through Race Day
SWMI RACERS members 18 & Over receive an automatic discount when registering
UNTIMED 4K Run/Walk
18 & Over: $15 through August 25
$20 August 26 - Race Day
17 & Under: $10 through August 25
$15 August 26 through Race Day
Immediately following the event, participants can enjoy Free Fly-In Admission & Hayrides with planes arriving throughout the event. Chili and Chili Dog lunch available for purchase from 11 am - 4 pm. Due to safety requirements, no pets allowed at the fly-in.
Race Contact Info
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