Race Director Chris Nichols

Race with the world Oct. 24 in Human Race Every Stride

October 15, 2009 // 0 Comments

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 […]