2014 M22 Challenge Run Portion: 2.5 miles
The event will commence with the running portion. We will once again begin with a shotgun start in the south-bound lane of M-109. Athletes will pass through the starting line and continue into the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
Competitors will then face an approximately 100 yard climb up the sand dune, bank left around a marker, run a short sprint along the top of the dune, and then make another left for a run down the dune face. Don’t let this portion of the event intimidate you! We have run it plenty of times; it is challenging – but not as difficult as you think.
Once off the dune, a short groomed trail will lead runners back on to M-109 where the running portion concludes with a sprint back to the main event site and into the transition area. Remember, this years King and Queen of the Dune will be won by the first male and first female to complete the entire running portioin. So that means you have to be the fastest from the start of the race to the finish of the run.
Check out the course map below: