OLD FARTS FESTIVAL OF RACES: THE MARATHON, 1/2 AND 5K
Sat. August 12, 2017 Race Day Registration and Packet Pickup from 7 a.m. till 7:50 a.m.
COURSE MAP...this years race will start and finish on Fallasburg Park Road and will be a two "identical loop" course this year. Good news for the marathoners because you will mentally know where you are at on the 2nd loop once you get to the second loop because you just ran the first loop...but bad news because you will have to run through the Larry,up the Ed, up the dreded the Fred, survive the Mummy and then let Little Chuck totally kick your butt...twice!...if your a marathoner!!
Please wear a water belt if you are running the full marathon Get UP for the challenge...about 2,690 feet elevation gain kind of UP...and when you see the sign out on the trail that says "Geronimo"...you better slow down and grab the ropes to help you down the hill or you might end up in the drink!
P.S. THIS IS THE TOUGHEST MARATHON IN ALL OF MICHIGAN AND THIS SIDE OF THE MISSISSIPPI!
Our average marathon finish time is 6:14...Pikes Peak is 7:13 so were talking some serious butt kicking!
THE ONLY THINGS MISSING ARE HIGH ALTITUDE, WILD BEARS AND OTHER ANIMALS...BUT OUR FLIES AND MOSQUITOES RANK UP WITH THE BEST OF THEM...BUT BY AUGUST ALL THE TOURISTS HAVE SWATTED, KILLED OR TAKEN THEM ALL AWAY IN THE CARS ON THEIR DRIVES BACK HOME.
Good Luck...this will be the funnest, toughest marathon challenge that you will face...but well worth the swag! Most of our marathoners say they loved our race the best but once was enough and even though this was the best marathon. They've say that they will never be back...but then either on the ride home or a week later once they start forgetting about how bad it was...they look at theie SWAG, the tee, the finisher towel and finisher medal and then your certificate arrives in the mail and then the next thing you know you send in your entry for the next year's race! You certainly won't qualify for Boston on this course!!! but you will want to keep coming back and bring your friends because sometimes words can't describe the experience... good luck to you...see you in August!!!- Coach Droski
AID STATION/SPECTATOR SITES....
VANTAGE POINTS ARE FEW BEING A TRAIL MARATHON BUT WE DESIGNED THE COURSE WITH THE SPECTATOR IN MIND WITH IT BEING VERY EARY TO GET TO SOME OF THE SPECTATOR/AID STATION SPOTS ON THE COURSE. THE START/FINISH LINE so you can see your runner at the start and the marathoners at half way and the finish; from the start you can walk or drive down to Fallasburg Park road and turn right and go to the corner of McPhearson (this is about the 3 mile mark in the race and is the first water stop) Feel free to help pass out cups of water to the runners). If you travel .8 of a mile up McPherson road at the top of the hill is AID STATION #3...runners will pass by here just before they reach mile 10 and mile 23. If you can drive and want to see the runners come through the 2nd aid station then continue down McPherson road for another 1.4 miles and turn left on Whites Bridge road and go 1.7 miles and AID STATION #2 will be on the left just after you pass by Richmond street. You can help out at any of the aid stations helping to pass out water or working at the finish line....it beats just standing around and is usually lots of fun.
Aid Station #1- water only...expect the first runners to pass by about 8:30 a.m. (4 miles)
Aid Station #2- Drive to for spectators...it is about 4 miles from the start/finish line- turn right onto McPherson road for 2 miles and then left on Whites Bridge Road (for 1.7 miles) this is a fully stocked aid station: water/gatorade/snacks, etc....expect top runners to pass by here around 9:00 a.m. this is the 7.9 mile mark and the 21 mile mark.
Aid Station #3- is the start/finish line loop: water and gatorade- top 5K runners will finish about 8:18 a.m.; top half marathon runners will finish about 9:20 a.m. and the top marathoners will finish about 11:30 a.m.
There will also be AMY'S Rooving Aid Station out on the course usually on the dirt road around mile 10-ish