19th Annual Mt. Baldhead Challenge: Multi-Terrain Race
What’s a better way to leap into the month of September and a new season than to challenge yourself and sign up for the 19th annual Mt. Baldhead Challenge on Saturday, September 8. As the race approaches its 20th anniversary in 2019, runners can expect a plethora of enhancements and surprises to gear up for next year’s milestone. Expect the race to be an even better, more challenging (and fun) version of last years – with an altered length, new start/finish line and modified course, how could it not be!
One of the first major changes includes the length of the two races. Traditionally, the challenge has been comprised of the standard two races, which involved a 15K trek up Mt. Baldy and the famous 302 stairs. In contrast, the 5K was essentially a road race. This year, the two races will expand to 12 and 6 miles, the result of new off-road additions; and you can expect the shorter race to now include those notorious 302 steps!
Another addition includes the start/finish line and updated start time. Signaled by a blast from a start boat in the middle of the Kalamazoo River, the race will promptly begin at 9 a.m. in Wicks Park for the longer race and at Bliss Street on the river bank for the shorter race. Registration will take place in Wicks Park from 6:30 – 8:45 a.m., and there will be shuttles available to Bliss Street. Although both races do not start in the same place, they will both conclude in Wicks Park with a well-deserved “welcome back” celebration which includes a beverage tent and local bites provided by GROW.
After hearing about the race and reading this post, if you’re still hesitant to register, past runners will undoubtedly say, go for it. As you run or walk through the gorgeous terrain of the Saugatuck/Douglas area opposite the Kalamazoo River, you will not only be inspired but possibly forget you’re running 6+ miles! Although 302 steps may seem daunting, we can assure you the view that overlooks both towns will be so worth it. Also, with another surprise addition that includes the Saugatuck High School’s Marching Band greeting runners, you can run easy knowing you have a whole community of people supporting you!
For more information, including fees & registration, visit: www.mtbaldheadchallenge.com