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Heads up, OMP residents! Peninsula Drive will be closed on Saturday, July 7, 6:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. for the Festival of Races. Both lanes will be closed from the forks (intersection of Center Road and Peninsula Drive in by town) north on Peninsula Drive to Montmorency Lane.

There are four races that day. The 5K and 10K are mainly in town, with the 10K winding through the roads near Northwestern Michigan College. The 15K goes out East Shore Road to McKinley Road to Peninsula Drive and back to town (I do not believe East Shore Road and McKinley Road will be closed).

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The Half-Marathon is the main one on the OMP. It begins at Chateau Grand Traverse, winds through orchards and property to Montmorency Lane to Peninsula Drive and back to town. All the races end on Front Street in town.

Check out the race maps here. Happy running to all who are participating!

A NOTE FROM JANE: I started Old Mission Gazette in 2015 because I felt a calling to provide the Old Mission Peninsula community with local news. After decades of writing for newspapers and magazines like the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Family Circle and Ladies' Home Journal, I really just wanted to write about my own community where I grew up on a cherry farm and raised my own family. So I started my own newspaper.

Because Old Mission Gazette is a "Reader Supported Newspaper" -- meaning it exists because of your financial support -- I hope you'll consider tossing a few bucks our way if I mention your event, your business, your organization or your news item, or if you simply love reading about what's happening on the OMP. In a time when local news is becoming a thing of the past, supporting an independent community newspaper is more important now than ever.

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