The New M231 Highway – M23.1K Run

I’ve been asked to photograph the 23.1k race on the new M-231 Highway 🙂  I was going to help them to promote and advertise this event sooner, but they were already over capacity. Below is the nice email i received along with a bunch of information about the event. I’m thrilled to be a part of something so cool for Ottawa County. Pictures will follow after the event 🙂

Hi Joe,

I have been a long time follower of yours on Facebook and love your work. You have an amazing talent and that is why I am contacting you. My co-worker and I are planning a run on M231 on October 3rd. This event will happen before the new highway opens giving the runners, volunteers and spectators the first chance to preview the road. We have had such an overwhelming response of runners for this event, we filled to capacity after only 16 days. We originally capped the run at 231 but, we just received a Platinum sponsor and decided to open up to those individuals on our waiting list. We plan to have no more than 300 runners. There is more information on our website about how this idea came about and I’ve included the link below.

The purpose of my email is to ask if you would be interested in taking photos at our event, of course we’d be thrilled if you are available and interested. You would be the first Photographer on the new highway, and I can tell you that it is beautiful. We have had the opportunity to tour it a couple of times and the views are gorgeous. I know that you have done other run events in the past, specifically the Seaway Run and I am not really sure if you sell photos you take to runners but we would be supportive of that.

Please let me know if this is something you would be willing to do, we would love to have you listed as our official photographer. Thank you!

http://www.miottawa.org/Departments/Admin/m231.htm

M23.1k Run

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Ottawa County is partnering with the Michigan Department of Transportation, the Grand Haven Running Club, Robinson and Crockery townships, plus the offices of Senator Arlan Meekhof and Representative Amanda Price to organize a preview of the new highway with the “M23.1K Run.” The new M231 Highway stretches seven miles through the spectacular, rolling countryside and over the Grand River in West Michigan.

The run will raise funds for Ottawa County’s non-motorized pathway system, specifically the Grand River Greenway Trail, North Bank Trail and Spoonville Trail. An extensive system of paved trails benefits residents and visitors alike. Paved trails through Ottawa County provide: opportunities for fitness and family recreation; environmental benefits; transportation corridors; and economic benefits to the community.

Information for Runners

Registration: Registration is full. Sorry.

Start Time: 8:00am

Start & Finish Location:
Robinson Elementary School, 11801 120th Avenue, Grand Haven
Course Map

Race Packet Pick-Up:
Friday, October 2, 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Ottawa County Fillmore Street Complex, Administration Building, 12220 Fillmore Street, West Olive
Saturday, October 3, 6:45am – 7:30am
Robinson Elementary School, 11801 120th Avenue, Grand Haven

Volunteers

Behind every great event is an even greater army of volunteers. We will need help doling out water, others manning the refreshments, and even folks willing to do some heavy lifting on Friday night. All ages are welcome, but we do ask that young people are accompanied by an adult. If your child can stand by your side and pass out water for three hours, then we are happy to have you! Runners love seeing kids along the course. Sign-up to volunteer and contact Misty, Shannon or Stephanie if you have any questions.

FAQs

Is there a course time limit?
Out of respect to our volunteers, any runner coming in after 3 hours and 35 minutes will not be scored. This is about a 15 minute per mile pace. Additionally, race support may not be available, such as water stations and refreshments.

What if I am injured or cannot finish?
Anyone injured or fearing they cannot finish the race should contact an aid station volunteer or course marshal who will arrange transportation.

Can I bring dogs or strollers?
Spectators are welcome to bring strollers and pets on leash.  While we admire the desire for a runner to push a stroller 14+ miles or the respect the dog who loves his owner that much, strollers and dogs are not allowed.

Where can I spectate?
Spectator access to M231 is at three locations: Lincoln Street, M104 and M45. No spectators will be allowed to drive on M231. Spectators should be aware that it is approximately seven miles from M104 to M45.  From Lincoln Street to the Grand River is over two miles. That being said, we do allow spectators to bike to their spectating location. Biking spectators must be extremely cautious and conscientious as to not interfere with racers. Spectators on bike may not bike alongside their runner. Instead, they are urged to bike from “spectating location to spectating location.”  There is good news: After the runners are off the course (around 11:45AM) spectators have until 1PM to bike and walk until their hearts are content. Spectators can also watch the start of the race at Robinson Elementary School and access M231 from the trail behind the school. The race also finishes at Robinson Elementary School.

Will the race be timed?
Yes!  And it will be chip timed! We are asking participants to line up by pace.  The run will begin at the school playground, then weave about 600 yards through a tight trail before entering the roadway. Lining up by pace will keep everyone safe and happy.

Will there be awards?
Awards will be presented to the overall male, overall female, masters (40+) male, masters (40+) female and the top finisher in each age group. Age groups will be 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+. All registrants will receive a shirt and finishers will earn a medal. Register by September 9 to guarantee your shirt size.

I want to see the bridge but I don’t want to run…can I?
Yes. You can volunteer to man a water station, check-in registrants or help with another task at the run. Or, you can be a spectator and hold up really cool, inspirational signs. Spectator access to M231 is at three locations: Lincoln Street, M104 and M45. No spectators will be allowed to drive on M231. Spectators should be aware that it is approximately seven miles from M104 to M45.  From Lincoln Street to the Grand River is over two miles. That being said, we do allow spectators to bike to their spectating location. Biking spectators must be extremely cautious and conscientious as to not interfere with racers. Spectators on bike may not bike alongside their runner. Instead, they are urged to bike from “spectating location to spectating location.” It would not be safe to attempt to “spectate” while biking. There is good news: After the runners are off the course (around 11:45AM) spectators have until 1PM to bike and walk until their hearts are content.

Where can I park?
The south lot of Robinson School, Robinson Baptist Church and the Township Offices offer ample parking. The nearby township park may have soccer games so please fill the school, church and township lots first.

I registered but can no longer race? Can I get a refund?
We are certainly sad that you cannot join us. We regret to tell you, however, that the deadline for refunds and transfers has passed. Sorry.

Can a friend pick-up my packet?
Yes.

Where will results be posted?
We will post them at a location near the finish line on race day. They will also be posted as soon as possible on the Ottawa County Facebook Page, and then on the miOttawa.org website Monday morning.

Who can I contact if I still have questions?
Contact Shannon Felgner or Misty Cunningham

M231 Highway Race Pictures Coming Soon!

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