Winter Challenge

Mark your calendars for the tenth annual Yankee Springs Winter Challenge on January 2-3, 2021. We’ll see what kind of winter weather we get this time! Race distances are 10k, 25k, 50k, and 50 mile.

COVID-19 update: With the situation constantly changing we are following executive orders and CDC guidelines. We expect to be able to go ahead with this race, but with limited numbers and some safety measures. Based on the current 100 person limit for outdoor events we’ve decided to move the 10k to Sunday morning to allow more runners. We will keep this page updated as the situation changes.

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 April 30 May 1-November 30 December 1-December 31
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 11, 2020 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 $80
cabin for 5 $100

Don’t wait long to sign up, since the race is likely to fill up!

Click here to register!

  • Click here for our refund policy.
  • Click here for our severe weather policy.
  • Click here if you’ve already registered but you want to add a shirt or lodging.
  • Click here for a list of registered runners.

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