The event starts at the Holiday Inn West Bay in Traverse City (not Black Star Farms) where you'll board a bus that will drop you off at three locations based on the distance you selected on your form. The route travels along the Leelanau Trail (view map). You can ski/snowshoe or hike (depending on the weather) to Black Star Farms, where you'll be treated to raffle prizes, contests, gourmet food and Black Star Wine! When you are ready, buses will transport you back to the Holiday Inn.
There is NO START at Black Star Farms.
Start/bus pick-up at Holiday Inn: 9 am to 11:30
Finish times: at Black Star Farms: 10 am to 2 pm (food will be available beginning at 9:30, first come first serve basis). Wine is served at 9:30 am til 2 pm
Buses begin picking up at Black Star Farms for Return Trip at approx. 11:30 noon til 2:30 pm.
Women may register and pick-up their event button (your pass to participate) and girl goodies during the following times:
Holiday Inn West:
Saturday, February 2: 11 am to 6 pm.
Sunday, February 3: 9 am to 11:30 am.
Registration fees increase Feb. 2nd and 3rd by $10 for Adult to $45, and Senior/Teenagers to $35. The child fee stays at $10.
YOU MUST SIGN A WAIVER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS EVENT!
Buses on Sunday will run through out the morning along the route dropping you off along the trail. Last bus leaves the Holiday Inn West Bay at 11:30. (times may vary based on weather).
Route The route will follow the Leelanau Trail. This is a flat course with several road crossings. View Map There will be volunteers at these crossings to provide safe crossings, however we do encourage you to take off your skis!! Especially if they are rentals!
There are three distances to select from:
8 km (5 miles), 5 km (3 miles), 3 km (2 miles)
Please indicate what distance you decide to do. This aids in our planning for busing, food and volunteers.
NOTE: If you are snowshoeing we suggest you do the 5 km and not the 8 km (unless you are trotting) so that you arrive within the finish time frame at Black Star Farms.
There are three aid stations along the route. There are no porta johns along the route.
We try our best to plan out the food, and try not to run short, but sometimes if people get there late, we might be short some items. Food is on a first come first serve basis!