Interested in getting in on the action during the M23.1K run on October 3rd without actually…er…running? You CAN volunteer or spectate.
(Note: If you want to run, register now. Only about 20 spots remain!)
Behind every great event is an even greater army of volunteers. The event is poised to reach capacity, so your help is needed more than ever. Volunteer opportunities are listed online. As a token of thanks, volunteers will receive a t-shirt.
Another aspect of a great event is mob of spectators. Spectator access to M231 is at three locations: Lincoln Street, M104 and M45. Spectators will not be allowed to drive on M231. Spectators should be aware that it is approximately seven miles from M104 to M45; and from Lincoln Street to the Grand River is over two miles. That being said, spectators can bike to their spectating location. Biking spectators must be extremely cautious and contentious to not interfere with racers or the course cyclists. Spectators on bike may not bike alongside a runner. Instead, they are urged to bike from “spectating location to spectating location.” After the runners are off the course (around 11:45AM) spectators have until 1PM to bike and walk until their hearts are content. Spectators can also watch the start of the race at Robinson Elementary School and access M231 from the trail behind the school. The race also finishes at Robinson Elementary School.
Another spectating option that your department may wish to consider is what is often called a spirit station. There is no formal process for creating a spirit station–simply get your group together and be super spectators. Some groups wear costumes, play music, pass out gummy bears, hold creative signs and more! YOU may be just the boost that a runner needed to prevent them from hitting the mental wall.
Submitted by Shannon Felgner & Misty Cunningham