Midland county parks Sanford park is the setting for this great charity event with proceeds going to the fallen and wounded soldier fund. This is a Mid-Michigan Multi-Sport club team event and we are very proud to be the official event management 7 years developing this event with both the park and club. We have evolved with the millions of dollars in park imrpovements that have transpired over the 7 year history. The park is a short fifteen minutes from downtown Midland. Any number of sites to see in and around the Midland area. The swim in Sanford lake is a straight out and back rectangle course which is weed harvested the week of the race every year for your swimming pleasure. The bike is an out and back on a very flat stretch followed by an equally flat run course through the residential area surrounding the park and finishing inside the park 40 feet from the transition area. The club hosts a great post race snack tent and great raffle drawing as well.
The only way to describe this course is FLAT. As many Michigan residents know the mid part of the state is nothing but flat, any hill you encounter would likely be a highway overpass. So this event is great for those looking for a fast, flat event.
The park and lake association does a great job the week leading up to the event hiring a private harvesting weed company for the race. By race morning each year athletes enjoy a clear path around the buoys on a rectangle course. So by all means do not judge this event by swimming before the race as the weeds are thick before hand.
The bike is an out and back as stated flat and if you get lucky and the wind is at your back coming home we have heard athletes say "wow" "that was cool, I didnt know I could ride that fast" of course you will have a head wind out.
The run course is cool as it winds through the nature trail before heading out the back of the park to an out and back course. Again very flat.