Race virtually with the globe at the only Michigan location of the 2009 Nike+Human Race Every Stride 5K/10K at Candlestone Golf and Resort in Belding. According to Race Director Chris Nichols, the golf course is the only already existing race location to be included in the world-wide Nike+ event to be held October 24.
“Someone will be first in the world and someone will be last in the world,” Niichols said. “It’s really neat if you think about it.” Nichols said 30 cities world-wide are hosting the race and only 17 in the United States. His course is the only location in the state of Michigan to offer it. “Nike wants everyone to get out and run that day,” Nichols said. Last year over 780.000 people participated and numbers are expected to exceed that amount this year.
Participants are invited to take advantage of the new Nike+ system, a technology that uses a chip in a runners’ shoes that keep track of mileage, speed, calories burned and more. “When you run, you are competing with runners in all the other locations, runners in Rome, South America, all over,” Nichols stated. “It’s a virtual race with the entire world.”
Nichols said Candlestone hosted an Every Stride race last year and expected a couple of hundred participants. Over 780 registered. This year the number of registered runners/walkers is already over 750 higher than last year. “We will top 1,500,” Nichols said. He believes part of the success of the Candlestone race is what runners and walkers get for their $18 pre-registration fee. They can run or walk in the 5K or 10K event, are given a Nike shirt, a souvenir race golf ball, a chance to win one of two free trips with destination choices of Chicago, Orlando or Las Vegas (air fare included), admission to a fantastic post-race party and an 18-hole round of golf good now through the end of next season.
The race awards are generous too. Nichols said in the 10K and 5K run awards are given five deep in each age group and an overall male and female are recognized. The top male and female masters receive a pair of Nike shoes. Walkers can do the 5K and have all the benefits the runners have and medals to the top in each age group. In the kids event, participants pay $5 and enjoy the fun run, a sack lunch, can participte in a one mile competitive run or the fun run on the driving range with activities at each stop. Following is a pumpkin decorating event and youngsters are invited to wear costumes and take part in a candy scavenger hunt.
Registration and the $18 pre-registration price is good through October 23 at noon. Sign up online at www.mirunning.com where more information can also be found, or register at Candlestone. Nichols said Nike asked Candlestone to make their annual run part of the Human Race world-wide event. “No other existing race was asked, we are the only one in the world,” he said. Top Nike officials will also be at Candlestone on race day, which Nichols says proves how impressive this event is.
“This is the only already established race in the world that Nike chose for the Nike+ Human Race Every Stride 5K/10K,” he said. “This thing doubling from year one to year two is amazing.”