5k Course Map on MapMyRun
The 15k starts 100 meters north of the Crain Hill Vineyard entrance. (9720 S Center Hwy, Traverse City, MI 49684) You head north on Center Road 1 mile to Lakeview Hills Road before taking a long, gradual descent west 1 mile to Lake Leelanau Drive. Go north .3 miles to the Leelanau Trail which winds its way north 4.8 miles to Fort Road. Go east on Fort Road .1 mile and then south on Center Road/Elm Valley Road for 1 mile to Hill Top Road. After a .2 mile climb east on Hilltop Road you descend .8 miles to the finish at Shore View Circle Road. Aid stations are located at the 2, 4, 6, and 8 mile marks in addition to the start and finish. Portable toilets are located at the 2, 4, and 7 mile marks in addition to the start and finish.
The 5k starts at Mawby Vineyard on Elm Valley Road, goes north .2 miles to Center Road, south on Center Road for .3 miles then north on the Leelanau Trail .7 miles, east on Fort Road .1 mile, south on Center Road/Elm Valley Road 1 mile to Hill Top Road. After a .2 mile climb east on Hilltop Road you descend .8 miles to the finish at Shore View Circle Road.
1st 5k: Starting point is at 827 feet, rising slightly to 867 feet by the mile mark before descending to 680 feet at mile two. The slight climb of the Leelanau Trail the 3rd mile to 737 feet means a net drop of 90 feet the first 5k. (827 to 737)
2nd 5k: The slight incline of the Leelanau Trail continues mile four to 757 feet and to 761 feet by the mile five mark. Mile six sees a slight drop to 741 resulting in the flattest 5k of the three with a net climb of 4 feet. (737 to 741)
3rd 5k: After a short decline to 713 feet, this 5k will prove to be one of the most demanding, with an incline to 801 feet by the time you reach the crest of Hill Top Road at 8.3 miles. The sharp drop down Hill Top Rd. to 612 feet to the finish means a net drop of 129 feet for this 5k. (741 to 612)