Farmland 5K European Style XC Challenge
The Farmland 5K European Style XC Challenge is Traverse City's winter weather running and biking event held in the spirit of European style cross country held on a dedicated cross country course on private farmland. A classic turfgrass running course awaits you with knee high barriers including straw bales, fallen logs, wood fence and stone fence.
Supporting the Michigan Land Use Institute's "Taste the Local Difference"
MLUI is all about food and farming, and by participating in the Farmland 5K, you help support their mission! Farmland 5K organizers and title and presenting sponsors will again donate $2 from every registered runner toward MLUI’s “Taste the Local Difference,” which connects consumers to locally grown food to increase sales, preserve farmland, and create jobs.
“We want to see our community embrace healthy, sustainable living.” says Hans Voss, Executive Director of the Michigan Land Use institute. "Eating local year-round is something we really push that can make a big difference to our local economy, and staying active year-round is vital to a healthy lifestyle. Promoting TLD with the Farmland 5K is a perfect fit to illustrate how we can all take advantage of local products and the great outdoors even when there’s snow on the ground.”
Why call it European Style?
As a competitive sport, cross-country running began in Europe (Ireland and England) with a game called "hares and hounds" or "the paper chase" in the early 19th century. In this game, a runner or group of runners (hares) laid a trail by dropping pieces of paper or other markers while following a random course over farmland, and a second set of runners (hounds) then set out in pursuit, trying to follow the "paper trail", often needing to jump fences separating the farms. The Farmland 5K course is like taking a step back in time of running history, and we've added some fun barriers to make it seem even more European!
Enjoy the natural challenge of running or biking in early December! (event to be held no matter the weather). Traverse over grass or snow and ice, wooded dirt trails, and farmland running terrain. Just like in the olden days, before paved roads and concrete sidewalks. Compete as an individual or as a team and earn unique age group prizes and special awards.
A Bike Race called the "Free for All!"
The Farmland Free-For-All, immediately following the run has cyclists taking to the running course for 6 laps of fun (approximately 10.5 miles total), fast racing on any bike you choose. Fat bikes, cyclocross bikes, mountain bikes, maybe even a unicycle; you’ll see it all on December 6.
For the ambitious, we’ll have a combined winner as well. Test your running legs in the 5km, then hop on your steed of choice and give the Free-For-All everything you’ve got left. The combined winners will get awards for their superhuman efforts, measured by their 5k time added to their bike time. There will also be pitchfork trophies for the winners, too, so there’s a lot to fight for.
Other Farmland 5K Highlights Include:
- Off-road running or biking on a challenging dedicated cross country course
- Awesome finisher gift including a technical winter training hat (guaranteed to first 500 runners and bikers who register)
- Team Competition - scored cross country "team" style, first 5 age group finish places by time
- Combined bike (Farmland Free For All) and run time category
- Family pricing (see "Fees and Awards")
- Costume Prizes for: Most Scantily Clad, Farmer, Barnyard Animal, Scarecrow, Most European, 1800's "Harrier"
- Free parking
- Post Race Party with awesome food & entertainment
- Hot Cocoa & Coffee
- Whole Grain Bread
- Hot Chili and Corn Chowder
Friday, December 5:
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Packet Pick up
Saturday, December 6:
10:00 a.m. - Event site opens for parking and packet pick-up. Warm fires and porta jons stand by to keep you warm and ready.
10:30 a.m. - Late registration and packet pick-up opens on-site.
12:00 noon - 5K foot race, mass shot gun start.
12:30 - Post Race Party Starts! And go ahead, set up your own tailgate party!
1:00 p.m. - "Free for All" bike race, mass shot gun start.
1:15 p.m. - Awards at the Hay Wagon, Top 3 in age category, special awards to overall, masters, and super masters, teams, and costumes.
The weather in December is part of the challenge! Participating in the Farmland 5K is naturally tough! Mother nature promises wind, snow, sleet or rain... WE promise a great course, hot food and great music to warm you up!
The race is dedicated to adventurous folks looking for a change of pace from their usual paved running route. Are you really tough? Rain, sleet, snow, or shine - this event is for you!
Weather History on December 6, from 1974 to 2013 is likely to have:
- Temperature from 30°F to 34°F and is rarely below 19°F or above 46°F.
- Sky overcast 77% of the time.
- 75% chance that precipitation will be observed at some point during the day.
- 40% chance that there will be snow on the ground. Snow depth average is 3.2"
- Wind speed of 9 mph (gentle breeze) on average.
- Records for this day: 61°F high/-5°F low.
You'll Stay Warm and Cozy!
Afterward make your way to the circle bonfire to enjoy complimentary hot and hearty soup, fresh bread, hot chocolate and coffee. Find out more about the Post Race Party!
Team Competition Makes this Event Special - Form a Team Now!
Team competition is very important in cross-country running. Teams are made up of a minimum of five runners and the order of finish in age group is determined by adding up the places in which team members finish - that is, 1 point is awarded for a first-place age group finish, 2 points for second in age group, and so on. The team with the lowest score wins.
Form your team by November 23rd (then we can put it on the registration site and you can get a discount for team members!) All you have to do is make up a name, tell your teammates and have them sign up during online registration. To form a team, contact us with your team name HERE.
Click here for 2013 Results!
Farmland 5K Course Records
Course Record Male: Jacob Secor - 16:33 (set in 2012)
Course Record Female: Sielle Kearney - 20:07 (set in 2012)