In just one month’s time, summer will arrive in Michigan. Well, not officially since the first day of summer is actually June 21. But if you’re like me, the highly anticipated 90 days of summer are sandwiched between Memorial Day and Labor Day. This is how we see things in Michigan, right? We just hope Mother Nature agrees with us.
No matter the weather, though, Memorial Day kicks it all off — not just for outdoor lovers like you and me but also for seasonal businesses that look forward to the crush of customers coming through their doors. Year-round recreation hot spot Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville is one of these places that celebrates warmer weather — Memorial Day weekend marks their official start of summer — and this year the resort is adding a new half marathon and 10K on Sunday, May 25 to its roster of holiday activities.
I partnered with organizers of this new event–The North Mitten Half Marathon and 10K–after connecting with northern Michigan runner Janice Davidson, who is the longtime recreation manager for Crystal Mountain and the race director. She talked about The North Mitten Half Marathon and 10K in this recent post » An update to this initial post: the top male and female for the 10K and half marathon will win a river kayak. All participants will be entered to win a cruiser bike.
“It’s definitely a variety — there’s a little incline here and there, a couple of small rolling hills, but nothing significant,” Janice says of the race course. “It’s great for beginners. It’s open trail—not single-track—and there will be lots of support out on the trail. I want people to have a great time and experience Crystal Mountain, and get a good run in.”
I’ve got two (2) half marathon entries and two (2) 10K entries to give away, thanks to North Mitten organizers. If you’re looking for a half marathon or 10K to run in northern Michigan — a pretty fantastic way to kick off summer, no? — enter this giveaway by sharing your favorite summer activity in Michigan in the comment sections below. It could involve running a particular scenic route, or it might be an annual tradition you enjoy (camping with family or friends, soaking up the sun at the beach, mountain biking in the U.P., catching a sunset or sunrise on one of our Great Lakes…you get the picture.) What makes your heart sing come summer? Four winners — two half marathon runners and two 10K runners — will be chosen at random. This giveaway starts Wednesday, April 30 and ends at NOON Tuesday, May 6. Winners will be announced here on the blog Wednesday, May 7.
[Some fine print for this fine prize.] This giveaway is open to residents of the United States and Canada who are 18 years and older. It begins on 4/30/14 and ends at NOON EST on 5/6/14; the winners will be announced by 5/7/14. One entry per person. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.