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Date: Saturday, December 2, 2023, 12:00 Run: @1:00 Bike
The Farmland 5K Run and Free for All Bike is Traverse City Track Club's "winter weather" running and biking event held on a dedicated cross country course on private farmland; always on the first Saturday in December. A classic, European style turf grass course awaits you as you enjoy the natural challenge of running or biking in early December! Traverse over grass or snow and ice, wooded dirt trails, and farmland running terrain.
A Unique Bike Race called the "Free for All"
The Farmland "Free For All" bike event has cyclists taking to the running course for 5 laps of fun competition (approximately 9.25 miles total), on any bike you choose. Fat bike, gravel bike, mountain bike, maybe even a unicycle; you’ll see it all. Awards for overall and age groups.
For the ambitious, we’ll have a combined run/bike as well. Test your running legs in the 5k and your bike (or vice versa) and give the "Free For All" everything you’ve got left. Farmland Combos will be measured by their 5k time added to their bike time.
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We have beautiful custom awards made from reclaimed barnwood. Must be present, as awards will not be mailed out, so please plan on joining us for the awards festivities!
Run Category Overall Awards (1st Place Award):
We will recognize the first Male and Female Overall in four categories: Open: any age, Masters: 40-64, and Super Masters: 65 plus (6 Awards Total)
5K Top 3 Male and Female in thirteen categories:
18 & under, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, & 75 and over (13/13/13) each place male; (13/13/13) each place female = 78 awards)
Note: One award per person, e.g., if a super master crosses the line first, he/she gets the overall award only, and the next person in line gets the age-group award
Bike Category Awards (1st Place Award):
We will recognize the first Male and Female Overall in three categories: Open: any age, Masters: 40-64, and Super Masters: 65 plus (6 Awards Total)
Bike Top one (1) Male and Female in thirteen categories:
18 & under, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, & 75 and over (13/13) each place male; (13/13) each place female = 26 awards
Note: One award per person, e.g., if a super master crosses the line first, he/she gets the overall award only, and the next person in line gets the age-group award.
Run and Bike Awards:
The fastest Run and Ride Time Combined, male and female, will be recognized
Team Run Awards:
We will recognize the Top Team in 3 team categories: 1. All Male Team 2. All Female Team 3. Combined Team (for teams with minimum of 2 from both genders scoring) (3 Awards Total)
Note: To calculate scores for team awards, we total the age group placement of the five top age group finishers male or female. For example, in the Smith Family Team Grandma wins her age group and gets a 1, Mom gets 2nd in her age group and scores a 2, Brother gets 10th and gets 10 points, Sister gets 7th and scores 7, and Dad gets 4th and scores 4, for a team score of 1 + 2 + 10 + 7 + 4 = 24 points.
Form your team!
All you have to do is have a team captain to create your team name and communicate this to your team for when they sign up.
Farm Themed Costume Awards!
Runners/teams can win prizes for "Farm"-themed dress. For example, "Produce", "Barnyard Animal", "Scarecrow", with additional recognition going to those dressing like late-1800s “Harriers” (cross-country runners) and of course to honor the weather, “Most scantily clad” will be a sought-for award, plus other fun categories determined by judges on race day.
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