National Cherry Festival

July 4th to 11th, 2015

Traverse City, MI

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2014 Race Date:  Saturday, July 12

5K Walk/Run, 10K, 15K, Half Marathon

This Annual National Cherry Festival event offers you a rewarding and exciting race experience!

       2014 RUNNING NETWORK TV CLIP            2014 RACE RESULTS

 

Race Day Photos

Finish Line photos will be captured by Joq Squad Photogoraphy. To find a picture of your moment of triumph go to www.jogsquad.com!

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REGISTRATION & FEESSCHEDULECOURSE MAPS

RED RECOVERY ROUTINETEAM CHALLENGE
 

Miles will be marked with signage on your right hand side as you complete the course. Water stations will be located throughout the course, but we suggest bringing your own preferred performance nutrition item (example: GU) to eat during the race. Maps are for reference only and may indicate a slightly different distance. All courses will be accurate distance.

The Original Traverse City Foot Race since 1973!

Originally started in 1973 as a 10K and then in 1978 shifting to a 15K and finally in 1989 adding Traverse City's first 5K, this race has seen over 50,000 participants cross the finish line!

2014 Race Features
-NEW Half Marathon & the return of the 10K
-Pace Corrals for start line flow
-$10 technical shirt upgrade option (for 5K/10K/15K)
-Half Marathon Runners receive a limited edition moisture wick t-shirt and finishers medal

Registration
-5K/10K/15K Register online by clicking here.
*Online registration will close at noon on July 10th, 2014.

-Half Marathon register online by clicking here.
*Online registration will close at noon on July 10th, 2014.

-You may also register in person at Packet Pick-up
• Registration on Friday, July 11, 3-8 PM, or Saturday, July 12, 6-7:00 AM

-Sorry, no refunds or transfers.

Race Fee Information

 

If you register IN PERSON at Packet-Pick Up & Registration July 11th (3-8pm)
5K Run/Walk 18 & Under: $25
5K Run/Walk Adult: $35
10K Run 18 & Under: $25
10K Run Adult: $40
15K Run 18 & Under: $25
15K Run Adult: $45
Half Marathon: $65 - Inaugural pricing

Race Day Morning Packet Pick-up & Registration July 12 (6-7am)
5K Run/Walk 18 & Under: $30
5K Run/Walk Adult: $40
10K Run 18 & Under: $30
10K Run Adult: $45
15K Run 18 & Under: $30
15K Run Adult: $50
Half Marathon: $70 - Inaugural pricing

Sorry, no refunds or transfers.

Course Maps

Miles will be marked with signage on your right hand side as you complete the course. Water Stations will be located throughout the course)

Printable 5K/10K/15K MapPrintable Half Marathon Map

(Maps are for reference only and may indicate a slightly different distance. All race courses will be accurate distance.)

Safety

The race route follows city streets that are not entirely closed to vehicular traffic. Certain streets may be under construction or in disrepair. Stay alert! In the 15K, participants should be prepared to run the distance in 2 hours or less. This equates to a 13 minute per mile pace. In the Half Marathon, participants should be prepared to run the distance in 3 1/2 hours or less. This equates to a 15 minute per mile pace.

15K participants are advised of a steep downhill on McKinley Road. Half Marathon participants are advised that the first mile and a half will include a trail run throughout private property. We've received special permission to run the race through this property on race day only. Runners are not allowed to enter this property prior to the race. We've posted a sneak peek of the race course. Click the photo below!

 

In the event of weather issues or a municipal emergency, the police may advise race organizers not to hold the event. In such a scenario, race officials will cancel the event. Race officials will be using the WBGT Index to advise participants of weather conditions. Event policy prohibits refunds for any reason including a change of race date, suspension, or cancellation.

Team Bob's Team Challenge - REGISTRATION CLOSED

Show your team’s spirit for running and teamwork and be part of the 2014 Team Bob's Team Challenge. 

Each team is evaluated on their top 5 runners in their respective age groups for either the 5K, 10K, 15K, or Half Marathon and top 5 runners will count for scoring...
Place in age group will be added up with the LOWEST points being the winner.  Must have minimum 5 finishers in at least one race to score.

  • Get your friends, family, teammates and co-workers to run – there is no limit!
  • Awards to top 3 teams per category
  • Team captain should insure that all team members complete the online registration process by June 24th.
  • Team captains are responsible for completing and submitting the team forms by June 24th, 2013.
  • For more information, contact Jessica Meengs via email or at (231) 947-4230

RACE EVENTS SCHEDULE AND PACKET PICK UP
Friday, July 11, 2014
3:00 – 8:00 PM - Packet Pick-up and Registration
Eastern Elementary, 1600 Eastern Avenue, Traverse City MI 49686
Pick up your race packet or register from 3 to 8pm Friday, July 11 at Eastern Elementary School.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

5:15 - 6:30am - Bus transportation to the Half Marathon Start will depart the Eastern Elementary area. No parking is available at the Half Marathon Start.
6:00-7:00 a.m. – LATE packet pick up & registration
On race day, Late Packet Pick-up is only available at Eastern Elementary.

Race Day Schedule

Race Start Times:

Half Marathon: 7:15am

5K: 7:30am

10K: 7:50am

15K: 8:00am

Directions to the Race Site & Packet Pick-up
For directions from your location, click here, then click "Directions."
(Eastern Elementary will already be set as your destination.)

Parking:
Available on the Campus of NMC, EXCLUDING Aspen, Cedar and Chestnut Lots.  Parking also at Eastern Elementary and nearby Traverse City Central High School parking lots.  Follow volunteers and signage.
Please Note: NMC Main Entrance closes at 7:00AM on race morning! Enter NMC parking via East College Dr. (off Front St.) after 7:00AM.

Half Marathon Bus Transportation: All half marathon runners should be prepared to ride a bus from Eastern Elementary area to the Start on Old Mission. Busses will run from 5:15am - 6:30am. There is no parking available at the start but runners can be dropped off.

Packet Pick-up Procedure:
Eastern Elementary is race headquarters!  Just enter the main entrance and follow the guides!
1) Find your name
2) Remember your number
3) Pick up your bib
4) Pick up your shirt!

Can't Make it to Packet Pick-up?
If you are unable to pick up your own packet, your packet may be picked up for you, but the person requesting the packet must know your date of birth.

RACE DAY INFO/REMINDERS
**Important information**
• Wear your race number on the front of your clothing.
• You will be recorded for your NET time which is actual start line to actual finish line.
• Baby joggers are not recommended, but if you must, please register for the 5K and line up behind all runners
NO leashed or unleashed dogs

Awards
Age Group Awards
Top 3 in each of the following 5K, 10K, 15K & Half Marathon Run Age-groups: 13 & under, 14-16, 17-19, 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, 85-89, and 90 & over.
Due to the DTE Energy Cherry Royale Parade start time of 11:15AM, age group awards may be claimed in the finish line area up to 11:15AM.  Following the parade, awards will be available at the Festival's Welcome Center located in the Open Space Park. Awards will also be available at the National Cherry Festival office starting on Monday, July 21.

All Half Marathon Runners will receive a finishers medal. Medals will be available at the finish line area up to 11:15AM. Following the parade, awards will be available at the Festival's Welcome Center located in the Open Space Park. Awards will also be available at the National Cherry Festival office starting on Monday, July 21.

Computer Timing
The Meijer Festival of Races 5K,10K, 15K & Half Marathon uses computer “chips” to time all races.  Mats at the starting line and at the finish give every runner a net time. The net time is the time it takes to run from the actual starting line to the finish line.


Race Day Photos

Finish Line photos will be captured by Joq Squad Photogoraphy. To find a picture of your moment of triumph go to www.jogsquad.com!

Results Posting & Awards Pick-up

Results will be posted within the finish line area. In addition, official results will be posted online immediately after race at the National Cherry Festival’s website at www.cherryfestival.org.  Due to the DTE Energy Cherry Royale Parade start time of 11:15AM, age group awards may be claimed in the finish line area up to 11:15AM.  Following the parade, awards will be available at the Festival's Welcome Center located in the Open Space Park.   Awards will also be available at the National Cherry Festival office starting on Monday, July 21.

*Free post race photos compliments of Cherry Bay Orchards

 

2013 RESULTS

 

 

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