Sat., April 29, 2017
Luton Park, Rockford
Register soon. This race is capped at 550 and sells out early.
Race with us at Luton Park, one of the top trail systems in the state. Luton is a 100% flowing, dirt singletrack through hardwood forest and meadow. While narrow and challenging, the trails provide plenty of passing opportunities. Hang out with us after the race as we celebrate with a pig roast, veggies and fruit.
Experience our 2016 race through our Flickr photo album.
quarter marathon – (one 6.55 mile loop)
half marathon (2 loops)
marathon (4 loops)
free kids’ run (1 mile loop)
Gazelle Sports gift certificates for the top three runners in the following age groups: Under 15, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65+
10 Mile Rd NE & Olde Meadow Dr NE, Rockford, MI 49341
1. At start/finish. Pay $5 per vehicle to park at the trailhead lot. You must buy a parking pass at early check-in on Friday, April 28. All parking revenue will go directly to Kent County Parks which buys and maintains parkland that contains many of our running and biking trails.
Marathoners: Your entry fee includes a parking pass to the 10 Mile lot. The shuttle will NOT be available for marathoners. We will email you your parking pass so that you can park in the lot and then check in if you wish.
2. Shuttle lot. Free parking/shuttle at Crossroads Wesleyan Church, one mile east. Or run a one-mile warm-up west on 10 Mile to the start. The shuttles will run until at least 1:00 pm. Thanks to Crossroads for opening up their doors and offering restrooms and refreshments.
You may NOT park on Olde Meadow Drive across from the Luton parking lot. It is a private drive.
1/4 Marathon $40
1/2 Marathon $50
Full Marathon $65 (includes $5 parking pass)
Add $15 for the optional long-sleeved tech race shirt.
To change your distance, please email us. We are not able to provide refunds for the difference in price if you change to a shorter distance.
To see who else is racing, click on the attendees list.
It is a good idea to reserve a hotel early to be safe. We recommend using sites like Kayak, Hotwire and Priceline to find nearby, lower cost lodging. There are dozens of options within twenty minutes of the race. If you want to check out the breweries and museums and don’t mind paying more ($150+), stay downtown. Holiday Inn is a safe option. CityFlats Hotel is a cool boutique hotel in the heart of downtown. Downtown hotels are just 12-15 minutes to Robinette’s. Otherwise, Comfort Suites GR North in Comstock Park or Country Inn & Suites on East Beltline at 96 are probably the easiest in and out. Knights Inn on Plainfield is closest and is your budget option at $55. Get what you pay for though. Candlestone Inn if coming from the east is affordable and close by.
Early check-in is from 4:00-7:00 pm, Friday, April 28, at Gazelle Sports in Grand Rapids, 3930 28th ST. You do not need to show proof of registration. Just bring your bib number and this signed waiver. And $5 for the parking lot pass, first come first served. If you do early check-in, you can skip it Saturday morning. Just leave enough time to take the shuttle (30 minutes to be safe) if you don’t have the pass.
6:45 am Luton Park 10 Mile lot opens (requires pass)
6:45 am marathon check-in begins
7:45 am shuttle begins from Crossroads Church for half and quarter marathon
7:45 am quarter/half check-in begins (finish at least 25 minutes before start time)
8:00 am marathon start
9:30 am quarter marathon start (waves). NOTE THAT QUARTER MARATHONERS WILL HAVE MORE OF A BRUNCH THAN A LUNCH.
10:00 am half marathon start (waves)
10:15 am kids fun run
10:30 am – 2:00 pm lunch
2:00 pm shuttle bus ends; volunteers take over shuttling duties
2:45 pm cut-off for all racers (subject to race director’s discretion)
Starting quarter marathoners before the half marathoners will greatly reduce congestion. Quarter marathoners will see only a handful of marathoners, if any, on their first lap. Half marathoners and marathoners will have fewer racers passing or to pass as no quarter marathoners will be on the course and the field will be spread thin by 10:00 am.
Marathoners who complete their third lap by 12:30 pm may finish one more loop but may be pulled off the course by 2:45 pm. Race director’s decision. This 12:30 cut-off equates to 1 hour and 30 minutes per lap or a 6-hour marathon. We will do our best to save food for after your finish.
- The kids fun run is scheduled for 10:15 am. Free! No registration needed. The parent or guardian just needs to sign a waiver on race day. Pig roast lunch not included.
- The loop is 3/4 mile long, on the green loop. It is not timed.
- Parents should accompany young children. Older kids can run on their own at your discretion.
- Each child 12 and under will receive a finisher’s medal.
The race shirt is an optional $15. It incorporates the classic design of our inaugural 2012 shirt. Men’s/adult crew or women’s v-neck. They tend to run slightly large. If you did not order one when you registered, you may contact us to add one. We will have a small number of shirts available at the race but they go fast so order one now if you want it.
(available at early check-in and race day, limited quantities)
Sweatshirt – hooded, pockets $30
Short sleeve ($17) and long sleeve ($22) shirts
Buff headwear $10 ($18-$23 for most other brands)
Stainless steel pint $10 ($15 on most race sites)
Sticker (removable) $3
BEFORE THE RACE
If you did not do early check-in, get your shirt, “bib” number, and safety pins on race day. Attach your number on the front of your shirt, jacket or pants. This race is chip-timed.
If for some reason there is a mix-up and we do not have your shirt size or color, we will do everything possible to get you what you ordered but we reserve the right to refund the $13 cost.
If you cannot attend the race, you must pick up your shirt BEFORE the start of the race. We have no way of knowing who will or will not be at the race so we reserve the right to sell your shirt once same-day check-in begins.
Portajohns are located at the start/finish only. This year we hope to have one or two right at the start line for those of you running multiple loops.
Drop Bag Area
We will have a drop bag tent and/or tarp for half marathoners and marathoners to grab or drop gear/fuel after each lap. Quarter marathoners may also leave items here while they run. Be aware that while this area will be next to the aid station and volunteers will keep an eye on it, we cannot guarantee the security of your items so please keep valuables locked and hidden in your vehicle.
We would encourage you to invite friends and family to watch the race. They may walk along the Blue hub trail (accessible via the Green trail) or hang out near the start/finish. They may purchase the lunch for $10.
We may raffle off prizes before the race (everyone who registered will be in the “hat”) so that people who need to leave after they finish can get their prize and go. We may have a raffle after the race as well.
Race organizers reserve the right to postpone or cancel the event in the case of extended severe weather or extremely muddy conditions that could greatly damage the trail. We will do everything possible to get the event in, but refunds are not available if it is cancelled and can’t be made up due to significant costs we must pay in advance of the race (this is standard running race policy).
DURING THE RACE
Please see The Course page for a detailed map. Quarter marathon racers will run one loop, half marathoners will run two, and marathoners will run four loops. Same course. Aid stations will be available at the start/finish and on the Blue loop at the 1.5 and 4 mile marks. We encourage runners to bring their own bottle(s) for fluids for during and/or after the race to reduce the amount of waste. Thanks!
AFTER THE RACE
Please join us for lunch after you finish.
Awards will be given out as the top finishers arrive. The under 40 and masters male and female winners of each distance will receive an additional prize.
All finishers will receive a stainless steel pint (replaces the wood medallion – most racers asked for the pint or another item of utility).
The charity partner for Hurt the Dirt is, again, Camp Blodgett. 7-10% of race profits will help send deserving children to summer camp – children whose families would otherwise not be able to afford it. Camp Blodgett’s mission is to empower youth in West Michigan to live their best lives through educational and recreational experiences that promote social responsibility, encourage academic success, and support the development of healthy self-esteem. Camp Blodgett’s purpose is to ensure that these empowering experiences are accessible to all kids in West Michigan, regardless of family income or background.
Thanks also to Kent County Parks for the use of Luton Park and the Kent County Parks Foundation for helping expand and enhance our park and trails system. To support Luton Park and all our great Kent County parks by volunteering or donating, visit the Kent County Parks Foundation.