_ The 2019 Top of Michigan Festival of Races:
Stafford's Top of Michigan Festival of Races includes a USATF CERTIFIED COURSE to benefit the Top of Michigan Trails Council and the Petoskey High School Athletic Department.
The marathon race will be run on a beautiful course made of asphalt starting in Charlevoix, then Petoskey and finishing in Harbor Springs. The trail is an excellent venue for runners stepping up to a marathon or seasoned runners looking for a fast time. The trail is relatively flat and perfect for getting a qualifying time for other races. The trail has spectacular views of the Little Traverse Bay.
The half marathon is on the same course and begins in Bay Harbor and finishes in Harbor Springs.
The 10K starts at the Top of Michigan Trails Council's Packy Offield Trail Center and also finishes in Harbor Springs.
There are two 5K races. One starts and finishes in Charlevoix and the other starts and finishes in Harbor Springs.
Marathon course is a beautiful point to point asphalt trail, starting in Charlevoix and finishing in Harbor Springs.
A shuttle will be available in the morning from Harbor Springs to Charlevoix for the marathon and from Harbor Springs to Petoskey and Bay Harbor for the 10K and Half Marathon.
Weather is variable in late May so be prepared for anything. In case of extreme weather the event may be delayed or cancelled to protect the safety of participants and no refunds will be given if the event is cancelled.
Course closure for the marathon is 6 hours or at 1:30 p.m.
The marathon starts at 7:30 am, the 1/2 at 8:00 and the 10K at 8:30. The Charlevoix and Harbor Springs 5Ks start at 8:00 am.
Winners will go three deep in the following age brackets:
16-19, 20- 24, 25 -29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+
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