Join us for a weekend of remarkable trail running at Gaylord’s Treetops Resort. The Treetops Trifecta is a micro-stage race with 5K, Hill Climb and Half Marathon events over two days at one of Michigan’s top resorts. The weekend begins on Saturday morning with a 5K on expertly crafted single track at the resort’s main campus. This is followed by a 1K Hill Climb on the resort’s alpine ski area on Saturday afternoon. The event concludes on Sunday with a half marathon staged at the resort’s North Campus with a scenic course that includes single track through the Headwaters Land Conservancy Sturgeon River Preserve and Treetops Project Nature, a landscape that offers stunning views of the Sturgeon River Valley and the Vanderbilt Highlands.

2022 Treetops Trifecta Event Schedule

Saturday, 11/5/2022
Treetops Alpine Ski Area, Gaylord, MI
10:00 a.m.

Hill Climb
Saturday, 11/5/2022
Treetops Alpine Ski Area, Gaylord, MI
4:00 p.m.

Half Marathon
Sunday, 11/6/2022
Treetops North Resort, Gaylord
9:00 a.m.

Online only.
Deadline: November 4, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. or when event fills to capacity. Whichever comes first.

Event Participant Limits: 5K (300), Hill Climb (300), Half Marathon (300)
Trifecta: Run all three events and be eligible for Trifecta Overall Awards.
Current Registration Status: Open
No race day registration.
No waiting lists.

Travel & Lodging
Nearest Airport: Traverse City, MI
Host Hotel: Treetops Resort, Gaylord, MI
Reservations recommended: (855) 441-2118
Lodging rates available for race participants. Mention Great Lakes Endurance when you book.

Packet Pick Up
Where: The Lodge, Treetops Resort, Main Campus, 3962 Wilkinson Rd, Gaylord, MI 49735
Race Day Saturday: 8:30 - 9:30 at the Ski Services Building at the base of the alpine ski area
Race Day Sunday: 8:00 - 8:45 at the North Clubhouse, 4282 Fazio Dr, Gaylord, MI 49735

Expertly constructed single track on diverse terrain surrounding the Treetops Alpine Ski Area. The course is beautiful and challenging.
5K Start: 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 5, 2022, Treetops Resort, Main Campus. Map

Hill Climb
An undulating 1K climb starting at the eastern base of the alpine ski area and winding up a combination of 6 ski runs to finish at the summit, just west of the Legends on the Hill Restaurant. There is a modest 300 ft in elevation gain making this hill climb an accessible event for the new hill climber. The course, especially the finish area is spectator friendly.
Hill Climb Start: 4:00 p.m. Saturday, November 5, 2022, Eastern base of the Alpine Ski Hill.   Map

Half Marathon
A gorgeous and eclectic course that begins near the North Clubhouse. It follows a combination of fairway forests, dirt service roads before entering the Headwaters Land Conservancy’s Sturgeon River Preserve single track at two miles. The Headwaters single track takes runners on an intimate path near the Sturgeon River. Runners leave the Headwaters Conservancy and crossing Whitmarsh Road into the spectacular landscape of Project Nature. Runner revisit the Sturgeon River, this time on grassy single track. The course also includes challenging climbs up to high ridges overlooking the river valley and the Vanderbilt highlands as well as some fast sections along dirt forest road. After a six mile tour of the Project Nature lands runners return via alternative single track through the Headwaters Conservancy and back to the finish via fairway forests.
Half Marathon Start: 9:00 a.m. Sunday, November 6, 2022 Treetops North Clubhouse/Campus. Map


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