Can You Beat the Train?

Looking For 300 Runners Wanting a Personal Record (PR)
Saturday, March 23, 2019
9:00am Start - Coopersville, MI

Photo Provided by: JIM THIAS

300 Runners Wanting a PR
Saturday, March 23, 2019
9:00am Start - Coopersville, 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, March 23 at 9 am.

300 select runners will board the Coopersville train for a trip out to the starting line.  The runners and the train will start at the same time, heading west to downtown Coopersville.  The first 1.5 miles of the course runs parallel to the train tracks.  Talk about motivation to move faster!  5K course map is here.

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.  As of March 12, the train will finish in a little over 29 minutes.

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

Nitty gritty
-Limited to 300 runners (register soon as we expect to sell out fast)
-Runners will be transported by train to the starting point 2.5 miles away
-$42 registration entry includes a tshirt ($5 price increase on Feb. 13 and March 21)
-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.  Visit WMSIH for more information.

What you get with a registration
-1 way boarding pass to the starting line
-Train ride with your 300 fellow compadres
-Opportunity to race against a train
-Beat the Train 5K tshirt (guaranteed shirt deadline is March 6)
-Chip timed by Epic Timing
-Refreshments at the finish (more is in the works)
-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.

Beat the Train 5K tshirt

Course preview. 1st 1.5 miles runs parallel to tracks.

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