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Race Day - (Saturday)
Sterns Park, Ludington Beach
About This Event
I pulled out the August 1995 issue of Michigan Runner this afternoon. On the cover was a banner for the Ludington Lakestride. At the time we were in our 14th year of offering a very unique setting for a half marathon and 5K. The folks here in Ludington were excited and happy to share our little slice of heaven with runners from all over Michigan and surrounding states. Anyone remember John Steinberg the men’s half marathon overall winner with a time of 1:10:27? How about Jan Brown from Kalamazoo that paced the ladies in 1:27:03? As I read through the article I noticed what one participant said about the Lakestride, “This is really a runner’s race, the aid stations were perfect, this course is beautiful.”
Here we are now in 2012 preparing for the 31st Ludington Lakestride Half Marathon and 5K. So what has changed since then other than running apparel and shoe technology? Not much, most of the original team that launched the event in 1981 are still excited and happy to be involved. Our aid stations are awesome and frequent. We still run the same half marathon course highlighted by a beautiful 1.8 mile run through the woods and a gorgeous run (on pavement) along the shores of Lake Michigan with a finish at the city beach in Ludington.
A few things have changed, we think in the right direction. We’ve gone a little bit techy on marketing, adding a dedicated website and yes, you can find us on Facebook. We added finisher medals last year and few other pizazzy things. The chiropractor tent was huge. But, what people say about the Lakestride hasn’t changed at all. That makes us very happy. Here is what a few of our valued participants had to say about last year’s race.
“A big thanks to everyone responsible for putting together another great Lakestride event. I have been up many times and have yet to be disappointed…and don’t plan to be. This was my wife’s first ½ marathon, and first time running in Ludington. We both loved it! Thank you for all the time and effort put forth in making Ludington Lakestride one of the best running events in Michigan?”
…Sam and Maggie W.
“I just wanted to let you know that this was by far the most beautiful race I have done so far. The trail part was breathtaking, “Rave Run” from Runners World comes to mind, and the sand dunes and dam that followed were an experience. The weather couldn’t have been better. Overall the race was amazing from start to finish and what a great feeling it is to finish a ½ marathon. Thanks for the adventure, I can’t wait to run it again next year!”
…I want to thank/congratulate you on a well-organized run this past Saturday! Both the race route and the organization around it were excellent in my eyes…Looking forward to doing the Lakestride annually.
There is one very important change we at the World Headquarters for the Ludington Lakestride would like to announce. We will have chip scanning at the starting line for 2012. Your official time will actually be your time from start line to finish line. Oh yeah, and we are bringing back the 10K. Please spread the word on that. Making you happy makes us happy. One more thought…I had a runner last year tell me that he loved the Lakestride because “it was like a big time race with a small town feel.” That’s never going to change. We hope to see you this year in Ludington for the 31st running of the Ludington Lakestride Half Marathon, 10K and 5K!
Half Marathon Course Descripton
The half marathon course is beautiful, I’ve run it a number of times. Runners start on Lake Shore Drive, near the city beach, go north towards the Ludington State Park, peel off to the right at Piney Ridge Road, about the 2.5 mile mark. Continue on the tree covered winding road that puts you between the Lake Michigan dunes and Hamlin Lake. Leave Piney Ridge Road at about the 4 mile mark and enjoy a 1.8 mile trail run through a very beautiful mature forest full of oak, beech nut, birch and maple. This section of the course is really fun; it’s like being on a roller coaster. It’s full of short ups and downs that allow you to maintain pace with little effort, you feel like you are flying, it’s fast but passing must be done carefully. Once clear of the woods, you run down a small dune cross over a dam, run through the State Park and turn south running along the Lake Michigan Shore line on Lakeshore Drive for about 6 miles. Running along the shoreline on pavement is awesome; the view of the lake is something you will want to take in. The course is basically flat. The trail is the exception and there’s one spot at about the eleven mile mark where it pays to be in shape. It’s a gentle incline stretched out over about 7-800 meters. If you stay focused you can maintain pace. After that it’s flat and fast to the finish located at the city beach. Enjoy a Popsicle, kick off your shoes, stroll down to the water and cool off in Lake Michigan. How does it get any better than that?
Most of the runners bring the family and spend the day on the beach swimming, tanning or playing volleyball. Down town Ludington is walking distance from the beach.
Packet Pick Up and Late Registration
Friday, June 8, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Luciano's Ristoranti (103 W Ludington Ave, Ludington, MI 49431.)
Saturday, June 9, 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. Lakestride Registsration tent "North" end of Stearns Park.
Race Start Times
Chiropractic and Massage Therapist
Doctors Jacob Seng and Eric Geers are setting up shop near the finish line. If you need to get tweaked prior to or after the race, c'mon in and receive free help from these two great guys. Dr. Seng is bringing his massage therapist to help.
Back by popular demand is our mouthwatering pasta and pizza buffet that includes salad, bread and tea or water. This was very popular last year. You can walk up and down the streets of Ludington asking folks where a good place to eat is and you’ll hear them say Luciano’s Ristoranti! Chef Luciano was born on a farm on the outskirts of Rome, Chef Luciano Canova grew up with his parents and grandparents where food has always been a staple that kept his family together. Luciano's passion for food was instilled in him by the Italian family life at a very young age. Luciano graduated from the Culinary Institute of Italy. After graduating, he worked around the world including in Switzerland, Germany and on a cruise line. Make plans to join us for dinner by signing up online. Adults are $7.00, children age 7 and under are $5.00.
Dry Wicking Shirts
This year we will have Dry Wicking Tee Shirts available as an upgrade to all who register by May 21, 2012. A long sleeve cotton T-shirt is included in the race fee. Sorry, no guarantees after that.
Fun Run - FREE
Fun Run/Walk held in conjunction with the Lakestride will be Friday, June 8 at 6 pm. The Starting line is just south of West Shore Bank on W. Filer St.
Awards to the top 3 males/females or 10% of the age group.
5k and 10K awards will be given out at the finish line following the conclusion of the race.
1/2 marathon awards will be given at approximately 11:00AM
All runners who finish will receive a finisher's medal specific to the race entered.
Paper Registration Forms
Paper registration forms are available at the Ludington Lakestride dedicated website. Please go to www.ludingtonlakestride.com and download the form as a .pdf. Paper registration forms can be mailed to Classic Race, 6813 Fulton St. East, Ada MI 49301. Please make checks payable to Classic Race.
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Waiver and Release
For and in consideration of my participation in the Lakestride Half Marathon or Lakestride 5K or Fun Run at Ludington, Michigan, I for myself, executors, administrators, and assignees, do hereby release and discharge the Lakestride Half Marthon committee and any and all sponsors, agents, representatives or assignees jointly and severally and hold and save them from and against any injuries or damages, including those caused by heat and automobile, suffered by me at the aforesaid race. I attest and verify that I have full knowledge of the risk involved in these events and that I am physically and sufficiently trained to partake in these events.