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Ride the Train To The Start, Race The Train Back To Town
RESCHEDULED to Saturday, November 7, 2020
Multiple train boarding times - 9 am, 10 am, 11 am and 12 pm in Marne, MI

Race details

Ever dream of going toe to toe with a TRAIN?

Make your dreams a reality and register to race the Coopersville/Marne locomotive on Saturday, November 7 at 4 different times in 2020.  Departure times from Marne go from 9 am to 12 pm on the hour.  You must reserve a departure time in 2020.  Please check your email inbox for a questionaire.  You do have the option to drive to the start this year.

The train speed is going to be based on the average estimated finish time of ALL registrants.  All runners are asked for their estimated finish time when they register.  If we add up 300 estimated finish times, divide by 300, and the average is 25 minutes, then it will take the train about 25 minutes from start to finish.

Regardless of your pace, get ready for your best 5K time ever, we can almost guarantee it!  Cash prizes await the fastest finishers.

2020 Improvements
-Finisher medal
-Tshirt option to keep prices low
-Give the train a 'running' start 
-Ensure that the train speed matches the average pace of everyone registered 
Nitty gritty
-Limited to 300 runners (register sooner rather than later)  Check the number of seats reserved by selecting the Register Now menu item
-Runners will be transported by train to the starting point 2.5 miles away
-$35 registration entry with optional $8 tshirt ($5 price increase on Feb. 19 and March 4)
-Flat & fast 5K course.  Partial lane closure of main road.
-A portion of the race proceeds will go to fund the completion of a handicap accessable train car for the Coopersville/Marne railroad.  The 2020 race proceeds will go towards purchasing a generator for the handicap accessible train car.

What you get with a registration
-Finisher medal
-1 way boarding pass to the starting line
-Train ride with your fellow compadres (Limit of 60 in 2020)
-Opportunity to race against a train
-Optional Beat the Train 5K tshirt
-Chip timed by Epic Timing
-Refreshments at the finish
-Cash awards to top 3 male and female finishers, $150, $100 & $50
-Unique top 3 age group awards for 9 and under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and 70+.

Interested in the event but not ready to race?  Volunteer during the event and get a Beat the Train tshirt!  We can keep you busy at packet pickup, on the course as a course marshal and at the finish line.  Sign up under Race Info, Volunteer.

2020 Finisher Medal

Beat the Train 5K tshirt

2020 Beat the Train shirt

Beat the Train 5K tshirt

2019 BTT Video Desktop version

2019 BTT Video Mobile Version

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