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 her 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 Saturday 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
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The Course

The courses for the Winter Challenge consist of a 10k loop and a 25k loop of mostly single track trail. The 10k course has 978' of elevation gain, and the 25k course has 1,388' of elevation gain. 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 a course map.

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. Individual bunk for $30, cabin for 4 for $85, cabin for 5 for $100. All lodging prices include 2 nights, both Friday and Saturday.

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.

Entry Fees

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

10k $40 $55 $70
25k $60 $75 $90
50k $75 $90 $105
50mi $85 $100 $115

If you’ve already registered but you want to add lodging, click here >

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