The 25k & relay start is on the Brengman Brothers driveway between the vineyards and close to the tasting room. You head north on Center Road .9 miles to Lakeview Hills Road before taking a long, gradual decent west 1 mile to Lake Leelanau Drive. Go north .3 miles to the Leelanau Trail which winds its way north five miles to Fort Road. You return to the road, heading South on Center Road/Elm Valley Road 1 mile to Hill Top Road. You descend east on Hilltop Road 1.1 mile to the relay exchange zone then left on S.W. Bayshore Drive. A 2.2 mile stretch north on S.W. Bayshore Drive to Revold Road runs parallel to Grand Traverse Bay. You head west on Revold Road 0.8 miles to re-enter the Leelanau Trail. The Leelanau Trail runs 2.8 miles north to 1st Street in Suttons Bay. Finally, you go west on 1st Street then north on St. Mary's Street to Waterwheel Park where the finish line awaits. Aid stations at the 2.1, 4.1, 6.1, 8.0, 9.4, 11.8, and 13.9 mile marks in addition to the start and finish. Portable toilets at the 2.1, 4.1, 7.2, 9.5, 11.8, 13.9 mile marks in addition to the start and finish. The 5k starts on Revold Road just east of Center Highway and heads north on the Leelanau Trail, also finishing at Waterwheel Park in the town of Suttons Bay.
Parking will take place on the village streets of Suttons Bay. Only relay teams and spectators may park at the exchange zone at West Bay Shore Village at the corner of Hill Top Road and M-22. Shuttle buses will transport all runners to the start of the 25k (and race day registration) as well as to the start of the 5k from Marina Park in Suttons Bay. Buses will begin transporting 25k runners at 6:00 a.m. with the drive to Brengman Brothers at Crain Hill Vineyards taking about 15 minutes. Buses will begin transporting 5k runners at 7:15 a.m. taking about five minutes.
Note: There will be no shuttle buses to or from the relay exchange.. Relay teams need to coordinate transportation. We recommend both members of the relay drive together to Crain Hill Vineyards, drop the 15k runner off there, then the 10k runner drive to the exchange zone. From there, the 15k runner can drive the vehicle to the Bay finish area. If one relay member is not of driving age, a third person should be available to provide necessary transportation.
Two SAG vehicles, one covering before the exchange zone and one after, will be in contact with aid stations and EMS personnel to transport runners needing to return to Suttons Bay.
The course will remain open for 4 hours (noon) allowing for a pace of 15 minutes per mile. Vehicle traffic will be monitored by local law enforcement personnel and trail ambassadors. Be aware that local vehicle traffic may be sharing the roads and recreational traffic sharing the trail.
-- 25k is USATF Certified --