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Falling Waters Trail 5K / 10K / Half Marathon Run / Walk

Quick facts

Distance Half marathon

About Falling Waters Trail 5K / 10K / Half Marathon Run / Walk

Several hundred runners and walkers cross the finish line each year in all three races combined at the annual autumn running of Concord’s Falling Waters Trail Run/Walk, formerly known as the Wild Life Half Marathon.

The race takes runners and walkers along the Falling Waters Trail, a paved 10.5-mile trail that today is a popular recreational trail and linear park for the local residents that live between this small town in southern Michigan and the nearby town of Summit Township, where the trail ends today.

Built on a former railroad line that once stretched from Michigan all the way into Canada, the trail had been abandoned in the mid 1970s and lay unused all the way into the mid-1990s, when local efforts to turn the railroad into a linear park system finally got underway.

Today, of course, the vision is well on its way to being accomplished, with 12-ft-wide paved surfaces throughout the Falling Waters Trail — so named for the Potowotomi Native American tribes who originally inhabited this area, and named the Jackson County area “the land of falling waters.”

The race is organized by the Friends of Falling Waters Trail, a local nonprofit that helps maintain and protect it, and the race proceeds go to benefit both trail maintenance and park improvements all along the more than 10 miles of trails.

Practicalities

Aid Stations

There will be aid stations located roughly 2 to 2.5 miles apart. If the event calls for cooler temperatures, this is more than adequate. If temperatures call for a warmer event, then we may be placing additional aid along the way.

Award Medals

Finishers medals are only awarded to half marathon finishers.

Maximum Time

The time limit for the half marathon is 3 hours.

Refreshments

There will be only water at the stations serving the 5K athletes, water and electrolyte drink will be provided for 10K and half marathoners.

Falling Waters Trail 5K / 10K / Half Marathon Run / Walk Route Map

Falling Waters Trail 5K / 10K / Half Marathon Run / Walk Route Map

Start:

Concord High School

Concord,us

Finish:

Concord High School.

Concord,us

Overview

The 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon all start and end at Concord High School. All routes will have runners and walkers alike enjoying the village streets of Concord and a healthy portion of the Falling Waters Trail on out-and-back courses. 

The 5K distance is about 3.1 miles. This is a great distance for both beginning and experienced athletes. 

The 10K distance (new for 2015) is about 6.2 miles and a great next step for people who have done a few 5Ks and want to push themselves further. 

Participants in the half marathon get to enjoy a trek along roughly six miles of the Falling Waters Trail, as the 13.1-mile race takes runners on an out-and-back course that starts and finishes in Concord and takes runners eastward toward Summit Township all the way to the half marathon turnaround point, where runners then start heading back toward the finish line back in Concord along the route they’ve just run.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.