Port Oneida Run next Saturday in Lakeshore
The third annual Port Oneida Run — a 5K Barn to Barn Trail Run/Walk — will be held Saturday, Aug. 4 at 9 a.m. in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
The event, which runs along a natural trail, offers an inspiring alternative to paved courses, meandering through beautiful meadows, forests, and the pastoral landscape of farmsteads from the late 1800s in the Port Oneida Rural Historic District with bluff views over Lake Michigan.
“Trail courses are becoming increasingly popular as people seem to be looking for landscape that’s a bit more interesting. You really can’t beat having a run/walk in a beautiful National Park like this one, plus, the trail gives participants the opportunity to see the very resources we are involved in protecting,” said Susan Pocklington, director of Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear.
The event is a fundraiser for the nonprofit partner group of the National Park Service which helps to preserve and interpret the 366 historic structures at Sleeping Bear.
Kids 12-and-under can participate in the quarter-mile Kids Schoolhouse Dash for $5 donation race day at 8:30 a.m. Participants in the Dash will receive a ribbon, with prizes for first, second and third place winners.
The course on the Bayview Hiking Trail begins and ends at the Charles Olsen Farm, the office of Preserve, located four miles north of Glen Arbor on M-22 just west of Port Oneida road. Packet pick-up is from 7:30 – 8:45 a.m. at the farm’s red barn. Pre-registration by 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2 is $25, and $30 after that and the day-off the race.
The first 100 registrants receive a free micro-fiber running cap.
Prizes will be given to the overall male and female 5K winners as well as the top three in nine age categories. A post-race celebration includes food and prize drawings donated by local businesses. For registration and details, go to www.phsb.org, or contact 231-334- 6103.