1/2 MARATHON (13.1 miles) 8:00 a.m. start time. The course starts and ends at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds, 1286 Ottawa Beach Road, and follows the shores of Lake Macatawa in the Waukazoo Woods neighborhoods to the Holland State Park, then loops north on Lakeshore Drive to Tunnel Park and returns to the Fairgrounds through surrounding neighborhoods. The course is USATF certified. It is not a closed course.
There are six water/aid stations set with water and energy drink; one port-a-jon, two DNR outhouses and two bathrooms are on the race course. The 1/2 marathon course closes at 11:30 a.m. Runners must average a 16 minute per mile pace or less to participate. MAP
PACERS FOR THE 1/2 MARATHON: Available to pace those running for a target pace of 8 to 12:30 minutes/ mile, with 2 pacers every 30 seconds. They will be very visible and will also have signs the first 4 miles of the race. They will also help to "organize" our start line, as runners will be able to lineup by their desired pace.
Every pacer is an experienced runner who has completed at least several long races at a pace that is at least 1 1/2 minutes faster then what they will be pacing at Park2Park. Over half of them have paced races before. They are available to help runners maintain their pace through encouragement and support, and are also there to answer any questions runners may have about distance running. They will be in contact with "race central" so any problems can be addressed immediately.
1/2 Marathon Awards Award ceremony for 1/2 marathon will begin at 10:30 a.m.
All 1/2 marathon finishers will receive a finisher’s medal.
Overall winners, Master & Grand Master 50+ (male & female) winners will receive awards.
Age group awards will be given to first, second and third place finishers.
MOST IMPROVED RUNNER: Runners who cut 5 minutes or more from their 2014 Park2Park 1/2 marathon time will receive a MIR certificate and P2P 13.1 sticker. Awards will be mailed in October.
5K RUN/WALK (3.1 miles) 8:30 a.m. start time. The 5K course starts and ends at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds, 1286 Ottawa Beach Road, following the path of the 1/2 marathon through Waukazoo Woods along Lake Macatawa before turning north back to the Fairgrounds. There is one water station. MAP
Park Township Recreation Couch to 5K: Join local running guru Deb Lenters for group runs beginning August 4 and going every Tuesday/Thursday 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. till the P2P. Meet new people, get motivated, stay accountable, get running and health tips. Sign up here (through Park Township Recreation).
NEW THIS YEAR:
Run the 5K as a family, or with your child and a friend, and get a 25% discount! The Family & Friends 4 Pack is for two adults and two children 14 or under. The 4 Pack includes: 4 timer chips; 2 adult t-shirts (S-XL) and 2 youth sized t-shirts (XS-L); 5k finisher award for each participant; post race refreshments. The Park2Park Family & Friends 4 Pack price is $75. The 4 Pack price is available through September 8, 2015. Download paper registration here. (Sorry, no online registration available for this promotion.)
Award ceremony for 5K will be at 9:45 a.m.
Overall winners, Master & Grand Master 50+ (male & female) will receive awards.
All runners receive a finisher medal. Age group awards will be given to first, second and third place finishers.
Group rates are available to 10 or more runners from a business, organization or running group. Group participants must register by September 8 for the group rate.
Group leaders will receive the group discount code from the race director and be responsible for forwarding this code to runners in their group only.
Group participants must register online using the group code to receive their discount.
Individuals registering for the 1⁄2 marathon will receive a discount of $8 from April 8 through September 8. Individual registering for the 5K will receive a discount of $5 through September 8.