Afton Summer Solstice
Thanks for joining us! The Afton Summer Solstice will be held on June 19th, 2021 just west of Afton Michigan. This is a 2.125 mile looped trail race. We will be offering multiple times to run. A 4, 8 & 16 hour option is available!
This will be a great day in Northern Michigan! This is an ultra, so typical food will be provided. If you need or want anything specific, we will try our best, so please don't hesitate to ask. The bonfire will be going all day, and into the night.
We decided to run this on a saturday instead of the actual sunday, so people would have time to rest and recoup! Plus, the sun comes up and sets at the same time both days!
There will be limited camping spots available in the area of the start/finish line and all around the lake. Let us know if you plan on camping and we will see what we can do!
Each finisher will receive at least a finishers medal. Still working out details for additional items.
We currently are capping the even at 100 participants. If we have a demand for more, we may open up additional spots.
At this point, we are allowing 16 and older to run this course, but are looking at offering options for younger kids. If we do decide to offer this, a notice will be sent out well in advance for registration.
Here, we are all winners! There will be no monetary prize, but each male and female, in each hour range with the most laps completed, will receive a cool award!
What is the Summer Solstice?
The summer solstice, also known as estival solstice or midsummer, occurs when one of the Earth's poles has its maximum tilt toward the Sun. It happens twice yearly, once in each hemisphere.
What distances do you offer?
We don't! We offer times. You can run a 4 hour race, 8 hour race, or a 16 hour race.
What time do we start?
The 16 hour race will start at approx. 5:49am, and will end at approx. 9:29pm. No runner will be able to start the last loop after 9:20pm.
What time will the 8 hour race begin?
You can start the 8 hour race whenever you feel like it...for the most part. To get the full 8 hour allotment, you must start the race no later than 1:29pm. You can start anytime between 5:49am and 1:29pm. Its up to you, but you cannot start another loop after 9:20pm. This is for the safety and sanity of not only the runners, but the volunteers as well!
What time will the 4 hour race begin?
You can start the 4 hour race no later than 5:29pm. So you literally have all day to figure out when you want to run! Its up to you, but you cannot start another loop after 9:20pm. This is for the safety and sanity of not only the runners, but the volunteers as well!
There will be 1! its a 2.125 mile course, so we will see you quite often.
Is this walker friendly?
Any race that we put on will be a walker friendly race! We want everybody to have the chance to enjoy the racing atmosphere, so go out and have fun!
Even though we are in the woods, we still run the risk of seeing cars and ORVs. There will be ample signage throughout the course, but you can't just assume that people can read. If you see a dirt bike flying down the trail, jump in the lake and you will be fine! Just kidding...But you must remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings for your safety!
2.125 miles(approx) of dirt paths. The majority of the trails will be a hard packed surface, but you will encounter some soft sand. And depending on how much rain that week, maybe a little mud. But it will be fun!
We will have a spot near the start/finish line for you to place your bags if needed. Also, if you need a rest during the day, feel free to bring a blanket and stretch out by the lake.
We are planning this all out, but the variety will be much of the same which you find at any ultra race. Except burgers, I like burgers and hotdogs, so we will be having those for sure. Some soup, pop, water, chips, pickles, sandwiches, and more...
We will have music, and a bonfire. The fire will be going all day as will the music.
There are spots around the lake to camp, and there will be limited spots near the start/finish line to pitch a tent or small camper. No electric and no showers. We will have porta johns near the start/finish line only. So if you feel like you may need it, don't wait until you get to the dam, that would be a long mile!
Obviously, there will be trash, but we as trail runners know the impact trash has on the environment. We ask that you DO NOT throw your trash out while running. We will have a trash receptacle near the start/finish line, so please make sure you get it in the can!
Most of all, have fun! Don't overdo it and don't push your bodies to the brink of disaster! Its not that serious, seriously. We want to have fun and live vicariously though each individual runner. Its tough to live vicariously through a runner in the hospital, so just enjoy yourself!
We will be having fun post race! Bonfire and more, so please feel free to stick around for the night.
If you are interested in getting your shirt, you must be registered no later than May 31st, 2021 to be guaranteed.
Local time: 5:59 AM