GRA 10K/5K event to stay at Hanson Hills
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
The Grayling Recreation Authority 10K/5K/Fun Walk – an event slated for Saturday, July 29 – will start and finish at Hanson Hills Recreation Area. Event organizers are hoping for more than 200 participants this year, and people can still register for the race.
Last year, due to road construction projects in Grayling, GRA had to move the 10K/5K from its usual course downtown. Event organizers opted for Hanson Hills, GRA’s base of operation, for the venue change. It was planned as a temporary switch, but people liked the new course, and event organizers decided to keep the 10K/5K at Hanson Hills.
“That seemed to work out really well,” said Justin Andre, Director of Operations for GRA. “We got a lot of positive feedback from the racers.”
The GRA 10K/5K had 180-plus participants last year, and event organizers are hoping for more than that this year.
“We’re hoping to have at least the same amount (as last year) or hit that 200 mark,” Andre said.
Andre said GRA has been trying to get past 200 for several years.
In an effort to draw more competitors, GRA added the 5K option to the race in 2014. The change seems to have worked. In 2013, the GRA 10K had 96 runners. In 2014, with the 5K option added, participation numbers spiked to 170-plus. In 2015, the final number was close to 170, and last year the race had more than 180 runners.
Event organizers changed the course of the 10K option this year. Last year, 5K and 10K competitors ran the “The Wimpy’s Loop” (starting at Hanson Hills, left onto Old Lake Road, to M-93). The 10K runners ran the loop twice and 5K participants ran one lap on the course. This year, the course for the 5K will be the same loop as in 2016. The 2017 10K course, instead of two laps on “The Wimpy’s Loop,” will have its own layout.
“We’ve extended the 10K course around the minuteman at the guard camp,” Andre said.
The 10K/5K event also includes a 1-Mile Fun Walk.
GRA 10K/5K registration forms are available for download from Grayling Recreation Authority’s website: hansonhills.org.
People can also sign up for the 10K/5K online through runsignup.com. The page is: runsignup.com/Race/MI/Grayling/ GRA10K.
The 10K/5K/Fun Walk will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 29, at Hanson Hills. The first 150 registered participants will receive T-shirts. There will be awards for the top finishers in both the 10K and 5K.
Cost to register is $25 (10K) or $20 (5K) for those who sign up early. Race day registration, which runs from 7:30-8:30 a.m. on July 29 at Hanson Hills, is $35 (10K) or $25 (5K).