This race, now in it's 31st year, started before a single knobby bike tire rolled around Potowatami Trail.

"Poto", is a big bad loop of hilly kick your butt wilderness single track trail. Due to the fact that most Americans are comatose couch potato wimps, the 12,000 acres of Pinckney Recreation Area remains a wilderness, even though it's only a 55 minute drive from metro Detroit.

I do enjoy a solitary run on Poto but once a year it's fun to lace em' up and scamper through the woods with a thousand of my best friends. It's a celebration of dirt, sweat and pain that renews my faith in humanity.

Due to the 2020 date change we're excited to introduce ANOTHER chellenge! We understand many of you might already be signed up for a beloved fall half marathon or marathon! For anyone participating in Free Press 13.1 or 26.2, or Grand Rapids 13.1 or 26.2 the weekend before, you're invited to participate in the PAVEMENT TO PINES challenge! This is a running challenge to hit the pavement and then a week later hit the pines at Pinckney Rec area! Of course it will come with a coveted award!

Upcoming Races

Apr 25 2021
50 KM
3,100 3,100 ft.
3 Elevation Rating
Hilly, ~2500-7500 feet in 50 miles
3 Surface Rating
Some rocks, root, and/or ruts


50 KM View course top times

Date Finishers Top Result Top Result (F)
10/25/20 51 4:22:58 4:59:59
04/28/19 113 4:01:06 4:42:14
04/29/18 109 3:48:23 4:18:17
04/30/17 130 3:57:28 4:50:48
04/24/16 123 4:01:59 4:53:38
04/25/15 110 4:16:06 4:48:50
04/27/14 132 3:39:23 4:42:24
04/27/13 114 3:55:11 4:47:46
04/29/12 149 3:42:56 5:00:52
We try to keep the most accurate information about this race, but changes do happen. Always visit the official race website for the most up to date information. If you see an error, please let us know

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