The Race to the Summit 35K Team Relay is a team running event that starts at Twelve17 Coffee Roasters (1217 S. Mission St.) and finishes at the top of Bundy Hill, the highest point in Isabella County. Teams will drive to the starting line on the southwest corner of CMU’s campus where the first runner will kick off their journey to Bundy Hill. The course starts in Mt. Pleasant, but quickly transitions to the beautiful country roads southwest of the city. For those who ran last year’s Race to the Summit, this year’s course is all new…but equally as beautiful!
Runners will form teams with a maximum of 5 runners to run pre-determined distances along the race course ranging from 1-5 miles in length. Each leg of the relay begins and ends in a designated exchange zone where runners will pass the running duties to the next runner on their team.
Teams are encouraged to stick together in a team vehicle when they are not running, encouraging their teammates and other runners along the way and enjoying a beautiful fall morning together. Finally, teams will reunite for the final leg of the relay where they will run the last mile of the course along McNeel Trail to the top of Bundy Hill where they will finish together.
For those interested in a more family friendly option, there will also be a 1 Mile Run/Walk/Race to the Summit from the entrance of the preserve to the top of Bundy Hill. This course will follow the final mile of the 22 Mile Team Relay Course and will be a great work out for everyone who participates!
After the race, teams will then make their way back down Bundy Hill where they can enjoy some post-race refreshments and share stories from their adventures on the course. Following the race, there will be a 0.75 mile “Fun Run” from the entrance of the preserve to the top of Bundy Hill.