The weekend of the Run is also Raft-O-Rama weekend.  So you can count on it being a busy, celebratory stretch at Clark Lake. 

Run Clark Lake attracts upwards of a thousand athletes.  Some are from Clark Lake, but many arrive from distant points.

The Run is important to Clark Lake.  Proceeds from the event go to support the Spirit Trail.  This 7.3 mile path around the lake is maintained primarily by volunteers, but there are repairs and upgrades that require funding.  Two recent examples are reinstalling the path with new drainage adjacent to the post office and the extension of the trail between Rita and Grand Boulevard.

Drains being installed

Participants pickup packets and preregister on Friday, August 4th at the Beach Bar.  On Saturday, August 5th, race day registration takes place between 7 am – 8:15 am.  The 12k starts at 8:30 am, the 5k at 8:35 am, 5k walk at 8:36 am, and the 3/4k kids run at 9:50 am.  All starts are on Ocean Beach Road in front of the Beach Bar. 

Below are the routes taken for each event.

There are cash awards. Overall male and female-1st, $100; 2nd, $75, and 3rd, $50.  Master male and female-1st, $75; 2nd, $50; and 3rd, $25.   There are some additional cash awards.  Open male and female course record is $125.  Master male and female course record is $75.  Any age group record earns $50. 

You can register online through August 2nd by clicking here. Or click here to download an entry form.  Mailed registration must be postmarked on or before July 26th, and checks made payable to Clark Lake Spirit, 702 Hague Avenue, Jackson, MI 49203.  Entry fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.  Pat Dwyer is race director, and you can reach him at (517) 782-6106 or for answers to your questions.

Click here to check out last the 2016 results along with lots of photos.   Below is an historical compilation of records reaching back to 1993.