We invite you to start the new year on a fitness note. For over 40 years Coach Gunn has offered this Hawaiian Fantasy event for runners and walkers. Finishers get leis and are invited to participate in a potluck lunch.
All donations will support
St. Paul's Haiti Nurses fund.
St. Paul's, 306 Courtland, Dowagiac, MI
Coach Ron Gunn's original Road and Trail race which he founded and directed for over 30 years. This course remains a classic for serious and casual runners to challenge themselves in the late July heat.
Since 2014 directed by
Coach Gun continues to support
the spirit of this event for student scholarships and cancer research.
NOTE: RunSignUp registration for the SMC virtual event is closed. Donations can be made at sign in for the Retro course on Saturday, August 1.
UPDATE 12AUG2020 - WILL RUN LIVE
The course is rolling to hilly and involves several wooden bridge crossings, small lakes, meandering streams and scenic sights, including, if you are lucky, Sandhill Cranes.
Staggered Start: For safe distancing.
Chip Timing: For accurate results.
No Awards: Entry fee reduced to $19
Custom T-shirts: Colorful long sleeve tech shirts awarded to all participants.
Walkers and Hikers are also encouraged to enjoy this neat course for a rewarding experience. [DRIVING MAP LINK]
FUND RAISER FOR HAITI NURSING SCHOOL
Saturday, October 31
Walk or Jog for a great cause
on a great course.
Staggered Start: 10-11am
Donations only (no reg. fee)
Show up, Sign in, Enjoy the course.
(Countryside and vineyards)
Great Wine. Great Fun!
(Wine tasting option after)
"I love this course and Lemon Creek Winery's hospitality! " Coach Gunn
Thank you to our hosts
Sunday, November 22
This classic all trail Turkey Trot is celebrating it's 53rd anniversary on the beloved Roadrunner Trails and environs. These beautiful and rustic trails are reminiscent of our earliest Thanksgiving.
The event is being sponsored by the Dowagiac Union High School Athletic Department and is being directed by Coach Ron Gunn.
"The oldest Turkey Trot
with the same race director."
[Watch here for details. Staggered Start is likely for safe distancing.]
Coach Gunn was a collegiate track coach who trained 136 All Americans and eight NJCAA national championship teams,
and has coached several hundred chronologically enhanced adults to succeed with completing a marathon or a marathon-like hike. Many were graduates of his early Marathon running classes at SMC.
After more than 40 years the MNRC
still meets on Monday to run or walk
in fellowship and to stay fit and always welcome new members.
His passion now is coaching adults to achieve an extraordinary level of fitness
and to guide them to experience incredible remote areas around the world.
Here you can download pdf maps and registration forms.
Half marathons continue to grow nationally in the USA and globally. HalfMarathonSearch.com
is a simplistic half marathon calendar currently featuring a half marathon schedule listing of half marathons 2020 and listing of half marathons 2021 in the USA.
RunSignup is the leading all-in-one platform for endurance and fundraising events including Coach Gunn events;
Sandhill Crane All Trail 1/2 Marathon, 10k & 5k
Turkey Trot 10k & 5k (Dowagiac, MI)
Thank you ATRA for listing and promoting our Sandhill Crane All Trail race.
Whether hiking or running marathon distances require the right shoe and proper fit. Coach Gunn has long promoted the need for a good "boot fitter." He recommends the Fleet Feet Mishawaka store in his training lectures. The staff is knowledgeable and their in-stock shoe selection is very good. And he appreciates the discount offered to his training team members.
Thank you to RunMichigan.com for listing our all trail races.
Thank you to Race Play Michiana for listing Coach Ron Gunn events year after year. The local source of events for all runners in the Michiana area.