Winter Challenge

Mark your calendars for the 11th annual Yankee Springs Winter Challenge on January 8-9, 2022! We certainly hope by then the pandemic will be under control, and the winter weather will again be the big unknown! Race distances are 10k, 25k, 50k, and 50 mile. The 10k has been moved to Sunday morning, and the longer distances are still run on Saturday

Start/finish location:
Long Lake Outdoor Center
10370 Gun Lake Road
Middleville, MI 49333
Click here for a map.

Race Schedule:

  • Check-in time for cabins: Friday 5:00 pm
  • Packet Pickup: Saturday 5:00 am-9:00 am
  • 50 mile start: Saturday 6:00 am
  • 50k start: Saturday 8:00 am
  • 25k start: Saturday 9:00 am
  • Cut-off time for Saturday races: 8:00 pm
  • Packet Pickup: Sunday 6:00 am-8:00 am
  • 10k start: Sunday 8:00 am
  • Cut-off time for 10k: Sunday 11:00 am
  • Check-out time for cabins: Sunday 11:00 am

The course: The courses for the Winter Challenge consist of a 10k loop and a 25k loop of mostly single track trail. 50k runners do the 25k loop twice. 50 mile runners start by running a 5k loop and then do the 25k loop three times. Click here for more information and course maps.

Aid Stations:
The aid stations will be between 2 and 4 miles apart. There will be one aid station on the 10k course and three on the 25k course. You will pass the first one on the 25k course twice. There will also be an aid station at the start/finish.

There will be a place for drop bags at the start/finish aid station.

Awards: Also continuing with Winter Challenge tradition, the finishers’ award is a snow globe.
There will also be awards for top 3 overall male and female, awards for male and female masters, and age group awards.

Lodging: We recommend staying in one of the rustic cabins or bunk houses at the start/finish area. The cabins and bunk houses are rustic but well-maintained and heated. (The bath house is not open during the winter, but there are vault toilets.) You can rent a single bunk or rent a cabin with 4 or 5 beds. We take care of renting out the cabins, so sign up for lodging on the online registration.

Parking will be at the Long Lake Outdoor Center in the main lot and in the event field. Auxiliary parking will be available just East of the Outdoor Center at the Winter Sports Parking Area. As always we recommend carpooling to make the best use of limited parking.

Race fees:

race register by February 30 May 1-November 30 December 1-January 6
10k $40 $55 $70
25k $60 $75 $90
50k $75 $90 $105
50 mile $85 $100 $115

Long sleeve tech shirts are included in the race fee. Please register by December 17, 2021 to be guaranteed a shirt in your size.

Lodging prices:
All lodging prices include 2 nights, both Friday and Saturday.

individual bunk $30
cabin for 4 sold out
cabin for 5 $100

Click here to register!



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