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Hungry Duck Run

Quick facts

Distance Half marathon

About Hungry Duck Run

Set along the streets and country roads of this satellite city that lies just outside the Detroit metropolitan area, Brighton’s Hungry Duck Run Half Marathon & 5K returns for its annual running this year on the 4 of July.

Both the half marathon and the 5K follow out-and-back courses that start and finish in downtown Brighton near the intersection of East and Hadley Streets, just a block away from West Grand River Avenue.

The mission of the Hungry Duck Run is to raise awareness and funding to fight hunger in Livingston County. The event committee, organized by the Livingston Sunrise Rotary Club, will obtain sponsors to cover the race expenses, as well as, create a series of runs to attract a variety of runners whose entry fees will also be donated to Community Food Bank Partners.

The series of runs shall consist of a half marathon and 5 K. One $5 raffle ticket for the Livingston Sunrise Rotary Club’s Duck Race will be included in each runner entry fee. The raffle portion of the event will be held after both runs are over and announced subsequent to the 4th of July parade held on Main Street in downtown Brighton at the city’s millpond.

The $5 raffle ticket portion of the runner entry fee will go to the Livingston Sunrise Rotary Club, and other revenue from entry fee proceeds and sponsorship donations will go to support fighting hunger in Livingston County

Distances

5K Run & Walk

  • 4.988954km

Half Marathon

  • 21.082354km

Duckling Dash

  • 0.2km

Practicalities

Aid Stations

Water will be available at water stations located at (or near) miles 0.5, 2.5, 4.5, 7, 9, 11 and 12.5.

Parking

The City of Brighton has asked that runners not park downtown. Parking is available at Brighton High School and shuttles will be available.

Timing

A professional time keeper will be responsible for keeping the official time via an electronic RFID chip timing in the bib.

Transport

Free shuttle buses will be available running between Brighton High School and the start/finish line area.

Start:

Downtown Brighton

Brighton,us

Overview

Both the half marathon and the 5K follow out-and-back courses that start and finish in downtown Brighton near the intersection of East and Hadley Streets, just a block away from West Grand River Avenue.

From there, runners in the half marathon head out on a route that takes them eastward and northward through the city, first past the Brighton Hills and Fairview cemeteries and then toward Woodland Lake, as runners trek their way northward along Flint Road.

While they contain some gently rolling hills, the race’s first few miles feature very minimal elevation changes; it’s only when runners reach the mile 3 and 4 markers that they experience any hills to speak of.

This occurs after runners have made the turn off Flint Road and onto Hunter Road, which they follow north for the next couple of miles until meeting up with Hyne Road, just to the east of the Brighton Airport, a facility that accommodates largely small planes coming in and out of the area here.

The next section of the race is the big loop portion of the route, which takes runners more than four miles in a counter-clockwise direction around Hyne, McClements and Hacker Roads, before bringing runners back around to Hyne Road and the turn back onto Hunter Road for the return route back to the finish.

It is along this stretch that runners turn off the paved surfaces and onto a hard-packed dirt surface, which lasts for roughly two miles until runners hit the pavement again on the turn from McClements onto Hacker Road.

Runners will make the last four miles mostly a mirror image of the first part of the half marathon route, heading south along Hunter and then Flint Roads all the way back down to Brighton Hill Cemetery.

Here, instead of continuing straight along Flint Road, they’ll turn left and head south along Williamsen Drive, and wind through the neighborhood on their way down to the race finish line on East St. Paul Street.

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.