Winter Challenge

Take on whatever challenge winter decides to throw at us! The next Yankee Springs Winter Challenge is scheduled for January 3, 2015. We will again be offering 10k, 25k, 50k, and 50 mile races, and this year we are adding a 10k snowshoe division.

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

Race Schedule:
50 mile start: 6:00 am
25k and 50k start 9:00 am
10k snowshoe start: 9:30 am
10k start: 10:00 am
Cut-off time: 8:00 pm

Packet pickup will be from 5:00 am to the start of each race in the lodge at the Long Lake Outdoor Center.

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.

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 out to the first aid station and back and then do the 25k loop three times. Click here for a course map.

Aid Stations: The aid stations will be between 1.5 and 4 miles apart. There will be one on the 10k course, four on the 25k course, and one at the start/finish. They will serve water, Gatorade, a variety of sweet and salty snacks, and fruit. The second and fourth aid stations on the 25k course will also serve soup, sandwiches, and potatoes. We will not be providing gels at the aid stations, so if you use gels, we recommend you bring your own favorite flavor.

Snowshoe race: The 10k snowshoe race counts as a qualifier for the United States Snowshoeing Association 1/2 marathon nationals. If you sign up for it and we don’t get snow, don’t worry. According to USSSA policy you may run it without snowshoes, and it still counts as a qualifier. If you have already signed up for the 10k and want to switch to the snowshoe division, just let us know so we can put you in the right race.


Lodging: We recommend staying in one of the rustic cabins at the start/finish area. Please contact Rick or Mary at the Long Lake Outdoor Center to reserve a cabin. Email info@longlakeoutdoorcenter.com or call 269-795-7886.

If you prefer a hotel, check out Holiday Inn Express in Hastings. They are offering $10 off room rates for our participants. To get the discount call the hotel at 269-945-0000 and mention Yankee Springs Winter Challenge.

Race fees:

race register by August 31 September 1-November 30 December 1-race day
10k $22.50 $25.00 $27.50
25k $36.00 $40.00 $44.00
50k $49.50 $55.00 $60.50
50 mile $58.50 $65.00 $71.50

The 10k Snowshoe Race will be at the same pricing as the regular 10k.

Shirts: This year we have lowered the race fees, but a long sleeve tech shirt is optional for an additional $15.00.

Please register by Decemeber 20 if you want to order a shirt.



Severe weather policy: For the unlikely event that severe weather or some other circumstance forces us to change plans for this race, click here to read our severe weather policy.

Online registration is open!



Click here for a participants list.

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