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Overall Rating (3 Reviews)
4.3
(3 Ratings)(3 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.3
SCENERY
4
PRODUCTION
4
SWAG
4
Imagine lining up with thousands of runners just like you on a beautiful Traverse City morning at the Meijer Festival of Races. You enjoy the picturesque views of Grand Traverse Bay as you push yourself to beat last year’s time. You come to the final stretch downtown and you’re re-energized … MORE
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    cwline FIRST-TIMER '17

    Race starts off in orchards/vineyards on dirt/deep sand/gravel/grass then mostly flat on asphalt. Water stops every 2 miles, people cheering along the route. Good refreshments after the race. Nice shirt … MORE

    Race starts off in orchards/vineyards on dirt/deep sand/gravel/grass then mostly flat on asphalt. Water stops every 2 miles, people cheering along the route. Good refreshments after the race. Nice shirt and medal.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    4

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    jllarsen FIRST-TIMER '16

    Ran the 5K this year with someone a touch slower than me, so was definitely just in it for fun and not the race. T-shirts were super cute, unless you … MORE

    Ran the 5K this year with someone a touch slower than me, so was definitely just in it for fun and not the race. T-shirts were super cute, unless you were a guy, and then they were way too feminine (my fiancé complained about this). The scenery for the 5K was pretty, through some subs and ending on main street on the bay. I’ve heard the Half is gorgeous. Only parts I took issue with: parking and packet pickup were not that well organized, but they did have shuttles at the end of the race to take you back to your car. And the 5K finishers only got a pin and not a medal! I truly don’t like when races do that. Other than that, really fun to get fresh cherries at the end and hang out at the cherry festival for a while after.

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    2
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    runbullardsrun FIRST-TIMER '16

    Running the Chateau Grand Traverse Half Marathon offered us the chance to escape the suffocating heat of South Carolina in the summer and experience one of the many alluring events … MORE

    Running the Chateau Grand Traverse Half Marathon offered us the chance to escape the suffocating heat of South Carolina in the summer and experience one of the many alluring events in Traverse City, Michigan: the Cherry Festival. If you’re not from Michigan, you may be dismissing the state, however the combination of nearby Sleeping Bear Dunes and the exceptional experience of the Chateau Grand Traverse Half Marathon has turned us into Michiganers at heart (at least in the summer).

    The course for this race was point to point, beginning at Chateau Grand Traverse on the Old Mission peninsula and ending in downtown Traverse City. School buses shuttled us from Eastern Elementary (site of packet pickup) to the Chateau. There was no line to board the shuttle at 6 am, and as a result, no stress. Upon arrival at the race start, Chateau Grand Traverse had its porch (and its heaters) open to runners prior to the 7 am start. A bag drop allowed runners to leave a drawstring backpack (provided by the race) of warm, dry clothes that would be shuttled to the finish line. Port-o-let lines were modest and manageable, and any runner that needed to was able to use the restroom before the race began.

    The first few miles of the half marathon course took runners through the orchards at Chateau Grand Traverse via sandy, dirt paths. The course here consisted of small hills and some sharp turns. While mildly challenging, the Chateau Grand Traverse portion is part of what makes this race so unique. How often can you say you ran a half marathon through a cherry orchard?

    Once exiting the trail portion of the course, runners were treated to views of Grand Traverse Bay on the right as they ran down Peninsula Drive. While the 15K (also part of the Meijer Festival of Races, much like a 5K and 10K) had runners tackle the monster hill, Mt. McKinley at about the halfway point in their race) the half marathon consisted of small, gently rolling hills. In combination with the magnificent views, this was an easy course to run and one of the most beautiful. To us, the weather at this time of year was exceptional. With temperatures in the low 60’s and a light breeze blowing off the bay, the race had ideal summer running conditions.

    Northern Michigan in the summer is perfection. Fortunately, the Meijer Festival of races and its Chateau Grand Traverse Half Marathon allow runners to experience that perfection via a beautiful course and well managed race experience. This is definitely a race to add to your bucket list.

    For photos of the race and more details about the experience visit http://www.serialrunner.com/half-marathon-race-recaps/meijer-cherry-festival-of-races-chateau-grand-traverse-half-marathon or follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @runnullardsrun.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
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    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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