This race is held along the Lake Michigan shoreline, just south of Holland. A portion of the proceeds form this run go to benefit the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital and is organized by local running stores, Gazelle Sports.
I signed up not only to run this race, but also to volunteer both before and after. I've found that a lot of race directors are willing to have some of the participants come out early and help out, with either registration or course set-up. It's been a great opportunity to meet others in the running community and sometimes even get some free swag. Who doesn't love an extra tee shirt?
There were about 300 people who ended up participating this day though and it was a GREAT run. The first mile is a road, followed by a mile of trail running and then 2 miles of sandy Lake Michigan shoreline and sand dunes, then 1 mile trails back out and 1 mile back to the start/finish line.
And when I say sand dunes... I'm not joking.
Plus, they had Dairy Queen flurries at the end for everyone. ICE CREAM FOR THE WIN! <3
And, to top off a pretty good morning, I won a pretty nice North Face 1/4 Zip pullover that I wear constantly now. Gotta love raffle prizes!
Oh, and as a follow up! Gazelle Sports hosted a twitter contest for a great photo during the race and I won! I got myself a nice $10 gift card... Now to decide what to spend it on...
According to my Nike+ GPS Watch:
Distance: 6.4 miles
Average Pace: 12:40 / mile