West Michigan’s Ultimate Multi-Terrain Race will be more spectacular this year in its 20th running than ever before. Its two race options will delight all runners with outstanding visual landscapes and variable terrain.
Our signature Mt. Baldhead Challenge, the 12-mile run we are known for, starts and ends at the waterfront in historic downtown Saugatuck. It includes trails through the Ox-Bow School of Art and Talmadge Woods, the newly-cut Woollam Nature Trail, and, of course, the famous 302 steps up Mt. Baldhead and down its western wooded descent. The route offers panoramic vistas of the Lake Michigan shoreline, the Kalamazoo River, and the Ox-Bow Lagoon.
The MBC shorter race, previously a 6-mile run, has been expanded to 7.5 miles to provide an even more interesting and varied event. This race starts on Bliss Street, directly across the river from the longer run, and ends in downtown Saugatuck at Wicks Park with a well-deserved celebration for runners from both races.
Both races will begin at 9:00 a.m. - a mid-river cannon will signal the start!
Saturday, September 7, 2019
12 Mile Run - Start time: 9am
7.5 Mile Run - Start time 9am
Mt. Baldhead Challenge
9am Start at Bliss Street on the west side of the river, directly across from Wicks Park. Arrive early to catch your shuttle from Wicks Park to Bliss Street.
Proceed to Oxbow. Note: 1.7 miles of additional trails thru Talmadge Woods have been added including your new favorite vista from The Crows Nest.
Proceed to Mount Baldhead and climb the 302 steps to the summit. The trail then descends down the western slope of the Mt. Baldhead dune and veers north for one final view of the lagoon before heading south along the beachfront.
From there you will proceed east along the Woolham Nature Trail and return to the river's edge. Exit right onto Park Street and continue around Lake Kalamazoo toward Saugatuck and Wicks Park.
Maps available on the website mtbaldheadchallenge.com. Aid stations will be located throughout the course.
Mt. Baldhead Challenge – Extreme Version (12 Miles)
9am Start at Wick Park.
Proceed toward Douglas along Lake Kalamazoo to Lake Michigan.
Heading North enjoy the cool fresh air atop the Lake Michigan bluff called The Tunnel of Trees.
Left on Park Street toward Oxbow and the remainder of the race mimics the 7.5 mile race.
For the full course description and map of the course click here.
Aid stations will be located throughout the course.
Little Feet, Big Feat .1K – Free Kids' Fun Run
Friday, September 6 at 6pm, Wicks Park, 452 Center St., downtown Saugatuck.
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