Over the weekend, walkers and joggers took to Old Mission Peninsula roads on the last leg of their journey for the “Lighthouse 100,” a race event in which participants started in Petoskey and ended at Mission Point Lighthouse, located at the end of M37 (Center Road) on the Peninsula.
Participants, who chose between the full Lighthouse 100 (100 miles) and Lighthouse 50 (50 miles on the second half of the course), departed at 6 a.m. on Saturday, June 10, from the Petoskey Lighthouse on Little Traverse Bay, heading south along Lake Michigan, Torch Lake, East Grand Traverse Bay and through Traverse City, ending at Mission Point Lighthouse.
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Racers were on the course all day Saturday, with many hitting Peninsula roads late Saturday night and early Sunday morning, wearing lights and carrying light sticks in order to be visible on the roads during the night.
However, not all Old Mission Peninsula residents were happy about the race, citing safety concerns for participants and residents, noting that they weren’t informed about the race ahead of time, and expressing concerns over seeing racers on Peninsula roads through the night.
Mission Point Lighthouse Manager Ginger Schultz agreed that race promoters didn’t adequately notify OMP residents of the event. “They also left their signs everywhere,” she said, adding, “We should have known [the event organizer] was not forthcoming with all the information when he sold entries to this event before meeting with Peninsula Township.”
I spoke with assistant race director Ethan Olds on Sunday, who said that about 120 participants started the race, but that heat and wind caused many to drop out. Still, he felt that overall the race was a success and said he would notify the Gazette ahead of next year’s race.
Learn more about the Lighthouse 100 at their website, and leave thoughts about the race in the comments section at the bottom of this post.