The Traverse City Trail Running Festival

April 22-23, 2016

The Traverse City Trail Running Festival is northern Michigan’s premier celebration of off-road running. The courses will take runners through the Pere Marquette Forest on a variety of single track and two track trails. The festival begins with a two-person 10k relay (each runner runs 5k) on Friday evening, and the 10k, 25k, and 50k individual races get underway on Saturday morning.

Courses

Interactive Course Maps

10K Relay
10K Run
25K/50K Run

Note: courses may change a bit depending on conditions once the snow melts. We’ll let you know if they do.

Traverse City Trail Running Festival Courses

Schedule of Events

Friday, April 22, 2016

5:00-7:00 p.m. – Registration and packet pick at Timber Ridge Resort (map here)
6:15 p.m. – Free kid’s race (for ages 12 and under)
6:30 p.m. – 10k Relay (2 person teams)

Saturday, April 23, 2016

6:00-8:00 a.m. – Registration and packet pick up at Timber Ridge Resort
7:00 a.m. – 50k Run starts
7:30 a.m. – 25k Run starts
8:00 a.m. – 10k Run starts
9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – post-race celebration

Sponsors

 
Timber Ridge Resort
Short's Brewing Company
 

Registration Fees

10K Relay

  • $49 in December
  • $56 in January
  • $64 in February-March
  • $67 April 1-21
  • $71 April 22-23
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10K Run

  • $39 in December
  • $43 in January
  • $47 in February-March
  • $51 April 1-21
  • $55 April 22-23
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25K Run

  • $49 in December
  • $55 in January
  • $60 in February-March
  • $65 April 1-21
  • $70 April 22-23
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50K Run

  • $59 in December
  • $65 in January
  • $70 in February-March
  • $75 April 1-21
  • $80 April 22-23
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Frequently Asked Questions

The following age groups apply for 10K, 25K, and 50K runs: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85 and older. Relays are not awarded according to age, just an overall male, female, and coed winning team.
Even if there is snow on the ground the race will go on!  It’s not likely that there will be snow, but in the event that there is a considerable amount, we may have to tweak the courses a little bit.
We’ll have water, Gatorade, and Gu Energy Gel at all aid stations. The finish line aid station (for 25K & 50K) will also have food such as bananas, pretzels, and some sugary candy. Participants may also leave a personal stash of their preferred food/drink at the finish line aid station.
The course will be open until 3:00 p.m., which would mean am 8 hour limit for the 50K, 7.5 hours for the 25K, and 6 hours for the 10K. We don’t currently offer an early start option for any of the distances.
Absolutely. The 25K and 50K loop is 12.5KM (7.5 miles) long, with a viewing location about 3 miles into it at aid station #1. The best cheering locations are the start/finish area and aid station #1. Check out the map for details.
It sure is. We just need parents/guardians to sign a waiver for their child before the race on Friday evening. There’s no need to pre-register for this race.
The kid’s race will be an untimed lap around the Timber Ridge campground, led by one of our crew members. The distance will be somewhere between .5 and .75 miles. All ages up to 12 are encouraged to run, and parents/guardians are welcome to run along with their child.