SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
Thanks to Superior Timing for instant, online results at the fnish line. The viewing screen and print-out results for every runner were A1.
170 runners, ages 17-71 years, ran The Outfitter's Little Traverse Half Marathon. The runners - 104 women and 66 men - hailed from nine states including MI, OH, IN and IL as well as NY, KY, LA, TX and CO!
Here's to Derek Henning, a 23 year old local from Alanson, MI who blew by the finish line in 1:09.22 averaging a pace of 5:17min miles! Liza Rohn, a 32 year old from Ann Arbor, MI got the gold as top female crossing the line in 1:34.28!
A heartfelt thanks to the 90 volunteers, ages 9-76 years, who were stationed around the bay from Bay Harbor to Harbor Springs. They were friendly and full of energy - what a difference it makes! Without them, the race couldn't happen!
A special thanks to the middle school and high school runners from Harbor Springs Cross Country team who helped at Aid Station 1 with The North Face and put on the Kids' Run. Also to the girls from Harbor Springs Shay Elementary Girls on the Run who were at the finish line with water and did an A1 job at Aid Station 5 on Beach Dr. in Wequetonsing. Their handmade signs and cheering were a big hit with the runners!
Runners know best that aid stations and high energy, friendly volunteers make or break a race. Thanks to our aid station sponsors who were out there with drinks and word of encouragement to refuel the runners: The North Face, 45 North Yacht Management, Touring Gear, Bay Tennis and Fitness, Petoskey Brewing and Girls on the Run.
32 businesses stepped up in support of this event. Without it, there would be no Little Traverse Half Marathon. From food, to awards, to finish line bling, the sponsors donated their services, products and support. A special thanks to Bay Harbor for hosting the staging area and starting line!
The Outfitter of Harbor Springs presents the first annual Little Traverse Half Marathon - an incredible point-to-point run around Little Traverse Bay along the woods and shores of Lake Michigan!
For runners of all ages and abilities, the Little Traverse Half from Bay Harbor to Harbor Springs features:
Starting in the Village of Bay Harbor, the point-to-point route (filled with long, flat stretches and some rolling terrain) will take runners on a fall tour around Little Traverse Bay through four distinct sections: 1) the historic Little Traverse Wheelway (Bay Harbor through Petoskey's Bayfront Park), 2) a footpath along the waterfront through historic Bay View, 3) a bypass through Petoskey State Park, and 3) (veering off the Wheelway) a shoreline road through the resort community of Wequetonsing ending at the finish line in downtown Harbor Springs. Race start is at 8:00AM, and the course closes at 11:30AM.
Proceeds will benefit two local non-profit organizations in support of the important work they do in providing access to, and protection of, our unique natural resources:
Let's get kids on the run! Free for ages 4 and up, the Kid's Run starts/finishes in Zorn Park in Harbor Springs with 2 distances: 1/4 mile and 1/2 mile sprints. Registration is from 9:45-10:15AM. Mandatory meeting at 10:15AM and start is at 10:30AM. All participants receive a ribbon and granola bar made locally by My Sister's Bake Shop.
Runners know that energetic, friendly volunteers make all the difference between a good race and a great race! Join the fun, grab a friend and be a race volunteer at the start line, along the course (cheering, directing runners, aid stations), or at the finish line.
Race fee is $55. The fee includes transportation around the bay to start line, transport of race bags to finish line, professional chip timing and results, aid stations, technical race t-shirt and finisher medal, post-race food.
Top 3 male and female finishers will receive awards at 11:30AM. Top age group finishers will be recognized in the results but will not receive awards. All finishers will receive a medal (unlike any other) and of course, a technical race t at registration.
There are several hotels/inns and condos in the Harbor Springs area. Special lodging packages are being offered for the runners by The Birchwood Inn and the Bay Harbor Village Hotel.
The Village at Bay Harbor is the heartbeat of the community, featuring such public elements as a boutique hotel, marina, great shpping and dining and just a short bike ride or walk from the Little Traverse Wheelway. It is the combination of a vibrant setting, beautiful scenery and a diverse array of shops that has turned the Village into a site used frequently for amazing year-round premier events, weddings and outdoor festivals.
Harbor Springs is a small harbor town on Little Traverse Bay in northern Michigan. It's a great spot to spend the weekend with family as there is so much to see and do - running, hiking, kayaking, biking as well as strolling the docks, perusing the Farmer's Market, shopping in stores downtown and enjoying the local restaurants. Panaromic views of the harbor from the boardwalk too! We are located 1 1/2 hours north of Traverse City and about 45 minutes south of the Mackinac Bridge.
The Outfitter of Harbor Springs is proud to present the Little Traverse Half as a unique running experience that celebrates our small towns, the historic Wheelway, and Little Traverse Bay. We are excited to offer you a well run , professional and annual event that brings both locals and visitors together to enjoy the benefits of leading an active lifestyle.