Old Fart's Running Club...Festival of Races

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Old Fart's Festival of Races...Sat. August 15, 2015

If you need last minute accommodations close to the race site try these two establishments:

1. Witt's Inn (616)987-9488 email wittsinn@live.com this is a bed and breakfast runs around $125

2. Franciscan Life Center (616)897-7842 www.lifeprocesscenter.org - they have individual rooms, yurts and a guest house at very reasonable rates 


The 2014 race marked the end of the Wicked Witch...horray the Witch is Dead, but bad news is 2015 will be the year you will cry for your mommy...we mean Mummy! Don't Go Crying to Your Mummy when the Hills get Bad!!! So get your mental game on now so you'll be ready come race day...and yes: The Fred and Little Chuck and all his friends will be here too!

Those looking for a tune up fall marathon or half marathon need look no further...The Marathon will be run in conjuction with the 1/2 marathon and will run on part of the North Country Trail...We expect around 100 hardy soles to try and attempt this one.. Race race day registration starting at 7a.m. at the start line. ALL PACKET PICKUPS WILL BE AT THE START AND FINISH LINE at picnic sites a-2 next to the enclosed lodge on Fallasburg Park Road inside Fallasburg Park in Lowell, Michigan.

All runners 5k, 13.1 and 26.2 start at 8 a.m. Remember that there are NO TIME LIMITs for any of the races. If you can finish, we will let you!

COUNTRY INN and SUITES is the closest Hotel to the race. Their direct hotel # is 1-616-942-7000. They are at the East Beltline Exit #38 on interstate 96. If you mention prome code "Old Fart's Running Club" you can get a great discount off your room rate. You must call the hotel direct to get the discount.

REMEMBER... that this is no ordinary everyday race... THIS IS THE OLD FARTS!

This is the ultimate marathon challenge that will leave you shaking your head as you try to figure out and comprehend what you just went through...but as you drive away you will have a big smile on your face as you ponder on what you just accomplished...then try to figure out a plan as to how you will try to describe the course to your friends but to experienced runners alls you have to mention is Old Farts and you need not have to say the rest...then again this is WHY OLDS FARTS ARE SO TOUGH!... so come on out and meet the Challenge of the Old Fart's Marathon!


GPS Coordinates: 1114 Fallasburg Dr., Lowell, MI, 49331

Comments from runners.

I have run this marathon 4 years in a row and it's my favorite race each year. Very challenging, lots of fun with a fantastic race director! Come prepared to get dirty and work VERY hard. This is not your ordinary trail marathon. The race fee is very reasonable and the swag is fantastic!

- B.I. from Howell, MI
Race Year: 2014 | Added: August 17, 2014

Knowing only what I had read on the website I came prepared for a difficult race with some extremely steep Hills. What I got was a 13.1 mile obstacle course with some beautiful trails in between. Though complete spent at the finish line, I had a great time! Thank you for everything Old Fart's Running Club!!!

- K.V.. from Canton, MI
Race Year: 2014 | Added: August 17, 2014

26.2 Miles of pure awesomeness!!! Would definitely visit that Old Farts again!!

- R.H. from Northern, Indiana
Race Year: 2014 | Added: August 16, 2014

Tough, tough, tough

- R.C. from Farmington Hills, MI
Race Year: 2012 | Added: May 15, 2014

The best pit crew on earth !!

- L.B..H. from Chicago, Il
Race Year: 2013 | Added: March 11, 2014

This is the best trail marathon in Michigan and one of my favorite marathons ever. I love this race and how difficult it is. I cant wait to do this race again.

- C.M. from Strongsville, OH
Race Year: 2013 | Added: October 28, 2013

This is a trail marathon so the only crowds and music are at the aid stations. The course is beyond awesome as far as trails go...never a dull moment...the hills are so bad that it gets comical especially the signs on the hills as you read the comments on the way up! Forget about qualifying for Boston...run this one for a great workout...for an adventure.

- E.D. from Grand Rapids, Michigan
Race Year: 2013 | Added: August 22, 2013

Race Day Registration 7a.m. till 7:50a.m. ALL races start together at 8 a.m.

Runners may register on race day from 7a.m. till 7:50a.m. at the start line at picnic site A-2 . T-shirts will be guaranteed to all  pre-registrants and to race day registrants while supplies last. There is no early packet pick up this year, only race day morning pick up at the start line. Arrive early so you can get you packet and use the bathroom.

Here is the race review page:

 Runners can post their comments at www.marathonguide.com or just click the "add my comments" link below

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The Wicked Witch is Dead!

2015...Don't Go Crying to Your Mummy when the Hills Get Bad!!!

Don't Go Crying to Your Mummy!!!! Be Scared, Be Very Scared!

 Old Farts Running Club is a non-profit organization that promotes good heath and fitness through road races and training runs. All proceeds go back into this great sport of running, so that runners and walkers will be able to continue to enjoy races and walks, enjoy the competitive aspect of the sport, as well as the great comroderie that is enjoyed by all the participants of our sport. Please visit our web site at


FALLSBURG...pronounced "Falls-Berg"... comes from the Old World Language meaning Beautiful Challenge.

check out this web site for some sweet photos from the 2007 race: