_ The 2020 Snow Moon Trail Run:
Join TriToFinish and Short's Brewing Company at the 4th Annual Snow Moon Trail Run!
The Snow moon is a traditional name for the full moon that occurs in February in North America. This event has hearty trail runners embracing the snow and cold air temperatures with a unique race through the dark night with cool LED lights marking the path along with what might be the most festive “aid station” ever at a race!
Runners embark on one of several race distance options - 5k, 15k or 25k - along a 5k loop of wide, groomed trails (not single track) through the woods of City Forest in Midland, Michigan. Those participants completing multiple laps (15k and 25k) will run through a chute located inside of the Snow Moon event tent where the finish line is located. After finishing, event Presenting Sponsor Short's Brewing Company will be on hand with our partners from Midland Eagles 2110 providing icy cold adult refreshments!
Amenities for this year’s race include Short’s Beverages, Overall Masters Awards, Awards for top male and female in each age group, and Event Pint Glasses for all participants!
This is a USA Track & Field Sanctioned event. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Eagles of Midland 2110 and their community efforts.
REGISTER EARLY as this event is limited to 500 participants and has sold out all of the past 3 years!
Please visit https://tritofinish.com/snow-moon-trail-run for detailed event information!
Event details and schedule
Date: Saturday, February 8th, 2020
5K Event - 6:30PM
15K/25K Events - 7:00PM
Location: Midland City Forest
Address: 2840 E Monroe Rd, Midland, MI 48640
Online Registration closes at Midnight, Thursday, February 6th, 2020. After that, ALL registrations will be completed on-site at late registration/packet pickup at the increased rates shown.
NOTE: Active.com charges a processing fee of $3.95 to participants when registering. We just don’t want you to be surprised when you go to register online!
The Snow Moon Run will take place in Midland’s City Forest on wide-track, cross country ski trails and mountain bike trails. The course will be marked with small LED lights to assist with trail navigation. The race is composed of a 5k trail course with runners able to choose a 1, 3, or 5 lap option. If you are opting for multiple laps, you’ll enjoy cheer from those in the tent as you run directly through a 3,200 square foot event tent. This race has one “aid” station with bonfire manned by enthusiastic volunteers that participants will pass twice on each loop of the course.
Packet Pickup and Late Registration
Packet pickup takes place Saturday, February 8th, 2020 from 3:00-5:30PM at the Eagles of Midland 2110 Post located approximately ¼ mile East of Midland City Forest’s Monroe Rd Entrance and site of Snow Moon Trail Run. Bring some extra cash! Shirts, hats, pint glasses, and other swag will be available for sale during packet pickup!
ATTENTION: Those wishing to transfer between events on race day will be charged a $5 transfer fee to cover administrative and timing chip costs in addition to price difference if transferring to a longer distance event. Online transfers from one event to another prior to race day may incur additional cost depending on fee for event paid versus that of event transferring into. Online transfers end on February 2nd. After that, all transfers must be completed on-site at packet pickup.
Fraternal Order of Eagles
2934 E Monroe Rd
Midland, MI 48642
There will be limited parking at the Midland City Forest lot on race day. The Eagles of Midland will provide shuttle service in 15 passenger vans between the designated parking lots at the Eagles Club and Midland City Forest. Please be aware that there is about .25 miles distance between the packet pickup location and the event tent. We urge you to consider utilizing the shuttle service. It is free and the Eagles drivers are pretty good dudes.
All participants at this event will receive a custom Snow Moon finisher medal, 2 pours of Short's brew or Starcut cider, Snow Moon pint glass, online participant photo, custom race bib and professional chip timing.
T-shirts, hoodies, and beanies for this event are available at added cost and must be ordered by Monday, February 3rd. Please read shirt descriptions.
The t-shirt offering will be in Unisex AND Ladies Cut versions. Ladies! Please be aware that ladies cut shirts are SMALLER and more form fitting than the standard unisex shirts. Take that into account when ordering.
Times and Timing:
This event will be electronically chip timed by Miller Race Management in accordance with USATF sanctioning requirements.
Top 3 Overall Fastest 5k (1 Lap) Male & Female (gun start – chip finish actual)
Top 3 Overall Fastest 15k (3 Lap) Male & Female (gun start – chip finish actual)
Top 3 Overall Fastest 25k (5 Lap) Male & Female (gun start – chip finish actual)
Top Masters Overall Fastest 5k (1 Lap) Male & Female (gun start – chip finish actual)*
Top Masters Overall Fastest 15k (3 Lap) Male & Female (gun start – chip finish actual)*
Top Masters Overall Fastest 25k (5 Lap) Male & Female (gun start – chip finish actual)*
*Overall Masters eligible runners who place in top 3 overall AND first overall in Masters category will receive 2 awards this year
Top Male & Female Finisher in each age group will alsoreceive an award this year!
Results will be displayed at the event and will be posted at TRITOFINISH.COMwithin 48 hours of race completion.
Interested in volunteering? This race is a blast to volunteer at! Looking for fun people to man the bonfire “water station” to help hydrate and put nutrition into runners. Events like this can’t be successful without great volunteers! Sign up HEREand we’ll be in touch. All volunteers receive a cool, TriToFinish logo’d tech t-shirt courtesy of ATS Printing in Merrill, MI!
5K, 15K, or 25K Trail Run
To keep costs low to participants, we are making t-shirts an “additional purchase”. For this race, we’d also like to offer the option to purchase a hoodie sweatshirt… as it IS winter, right?
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can I transfer to another distance after I’ve registered online? Yes. Refer to your confirmation email to log into your Active account to transfer. Fees may be applied. Those wishing to transfer between events on race day will be charged a $5 transfer fee to cover administrative and timing chip costs in addition to price difference if transferring to a longer distance event. Online transfers from one event to another prior to race day may incur additional cost depending on fee for event paid versus that of event transferring into. Online transfers end on February 2nd. After that, all transfers must be completed on-site at packet pickup.
What is the terrain like? Will I need traction for my shoes? It’s difficult to predict what the trail conditions will be like come race night. It is recommended that runners have access to high quality traction solutions for their shoes in case the course should be icy and slippery. Check out traction products that can be purchased locally at area Runners Athletic Company locations!
How cold will it be in the event tent? We can’t promise it will be warm… but we WILL have several fire barrels outside the tent!
Can I bring my dog to this race? Unfortunately, we cannot allow dogs this year. We sanction our events with the USA Track & Field and they prohibit pooches from participating (unless a service animal). This is a change from past years and a disappointment to us as we LOVE dogs.
Do I need a head lamp? We highly recommend head lamps so you can see where you are stepping. Trail races by nature require more attention to one’s footing. Snow and darkness increase the need to be more aware of your footing. Trails will be “marked” by small LED lights that do NOT provide ambient light and are intended only to help provide direction.
Will the trail be lit or marked? The trail will not be lit. However, there will be LED lights and course markings to guide runners through the course.
Will there be an aid/water station on the course? Yes. The course constricts for a bridge crossing at approximately the 1.5 mile mark. An aid station providing water and snacks of several sorts will be set up at sign 11 on the event map so that runners will pass by it twice for every 5k lap.
Do I need special running shoes for this race? Not necessarily, though winter and/or trail specific shoes would help tremendously in keeping your footing on this course. We recommend you visit our friends/partners at Runners Athletic Stores in Midland, Saginaw, Bay City, and Mt Pleasant to find the best available options!
Can I wear snowshoes for this race? Sure you can. Why the heck not.
Can I wear cross-country skis for this race? No. Just… no.
Can I walk or ruck instead of run? Absolutely. We ask that you sign up ONLY for the 1 Lap 5k or the 3 Lap 15k races and that you remain to the side of the trail and out of the path of runners if you choose to walk or ruck though.
Will there be beer at the race? The Eagles of Midland will be serving up 2 brews from Presenting Sponsor Shorts Brewing Company to each participant as part of your registration offering. Additional beer tickets will be sold so that spectators can be part of the fun! We are geeked about this! Race Director Andy has a fondness for Short’s Locals Light.
Can spectators buy beer? That’s the plan! Check back closer to race day for confirmation on that. ;)
We completely understand that plans change and athletes will sometimes be unable to compete in an event they've signed up for. Unfortunately, refunds will not be provided for any event unless the event is cancelled for reasons within our control. Dangerous weather, natural disasters, and local emergencies are examples of reasons an event may be cancelled that are NOT within our control.
Should an athlete have an injury or other medical issue keeping them from competing in an event they've registered for, we would be happy to transfer their registration to a similar TriToFinish-owned event up to and including the same event the following season. A doctor's slip may be required as proof of injury or ailment. Failure to provide proof if requested will result in non-transfer of the event.
Transferring registrations to other athletes is NOT allowed.
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