Join Groundhog Day Marathon
Frigid temperatures, possibly snowy ground and like the 1993 Bill Murray movie the feeling of repeating yourself over and over await at western Michigan’s Groundhog Marathon and Half Marathon, which makes its annual run this February.
The race takes runners through Millennium Park, which lies a short drive from downtown Grand Rapids and, when completed, will feature 20 miles of trails and reclaim some 1,500 once heavily used land for public recreation, which will one day make it about twice the size of New York City’s Central Park.
The course will give you the opportunity to relive the same day several times. A total of 6 loops of approximately 4.4 miles on a CERTIFIED course (Yes! You can qualify for Boston!) will have you feeling just a little case of deja vu.
Runners start the Groundhog Marathon course just south of the Kent County Park offices, where Butterworth Street Southwest and Interstate 196 meet. From there, runners head onto the Kent Trail for the first mile, and turn right onto the newer, paved Fred Meier Millenium Trail that parallels Butterworth Street. You’ll follow this all the way around to a stretch of crushed limestone trails that lead to the Grand River, where you’ll meet up with the Veterans Memorial Trail and turn left. After that, the course heads all the way back to the start, where you’ll repeat the loop you’ve just run two more times for the half marathon, and five more times for the full marathon.
Aid stations are about every 1.5 miles. Water and Gatorade at all 3, then a little bit of food (pretzels, cookies) at the third one. We aren’t supplying any energy gel, so bring your supply or pick some up from Striders at the race site. And throw the packets in the trash–it’s winter and we’ll never find them to pick up in the snow.
Overall winners (Male & Female) in the full and half get an amazing piece of Groundhog art by local chainsaw artist Jack Eppinga. Other than that, coffee mugs for age group awards (3 deep) and of course, finisher medals for the full or half marathon.
The race venue will be limited with parking, (somewhere less than 200 cars). Alternate parking at John Ball Park.
We’re running a shuttle from 6:30 – 8:00 Saturday morning so you won’t have to walk from your car to the race site. Shuttles back to John Ball Park afterward too.
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