Black Toenail Friday Half Marathon & 7.5 Miler

About

Join Trivium Racing for our Thanksgiving weekend tradition! Relax on Thanksgiving and hit the trails for your holiday race on Black Friday with a half marathon or 7.5 miler. Join us on the beautiful, well-groomed trails of Proud Lake State Recreation Area and leave the crowds to the mall! One of the best parts about The Black Toenail Friday Half and 7.5 mile race is that you can sleep in. With an 11:00 AM start time, you can relax and enjoy Thanksgiving knowing you have plenty of time before the starting gun goes off. This event usually sells out, so do not wait until the last minute to sign up!

The half marathon will be a two loop course, while the 7.5 mile will just complete one of those laps – same great course, sweatshirt and medal with a lot less work!

2021 Mega Medal Series!

This race will be part of the 2021 Mega Medal Series – finisher medals from all the races in the series will connect together to make one Mega Medal!  The medal design for 2021 will be released soon!
We also invite you to check out our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/blacktoenailrace.

Details

When and Where

Friday November 26th, 2021

Proud Lake State Recreation Area Campground
2928 Glengary Rd
Commerce Township , MI 48382

Parking

There will be tons of parking available right at the starting area, which is in the RV campground, please make sure you use the correct address as the starting line is not near the main entrance!

This is a state park, so to enter the state park you will need either a State Park Passport (good at all parks all year) or pay for a one day entry upon arrival.  This money will be collected at the gate.

Schedule of Events

Early Packet Pick Up – November 24th:

  • Early Packet Pickup will be added if the event reaches 400+ people in 2021

Race Day – November 26th:

Note: Technically this is hunting season.  Hunters will be warned in the weeks leading up to the race that runners will be coming through.  The park has stated that, while they are not concerned (trails are still open to hikers and runners during hunting season and hunters are always aware of this), runners may want to wear bright colors for additional visibility.

  • 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM – Packet Pickup
  • 10:45 AM – Pre-race Meeting at the start line
  • 11:00 AM – Half Marathon AND 7.5 Mile Start (start time may be extended if waves or time trial start is necessary)
  • 2:30 PM – Race Cut-off Time (If a runner has fallen far off-pace by the second lap, they may be pulled off the course by event staff)

Virtual Event:

All registrations for the virtual event must be completed by November 24th.

  • Runners competing virtually will not be eligible for awards.
  • Medals and race shirts will be sent out within 10 days of completion of the race.  Once you have completed the distance, post your results here.

Entry Fees

Event Through 3/31 Through 7/31 Through 10/31 Through Race Day
Half Marathon $55/$40* $60/$40* $65/$45* $70/$45*
7.5 Mile $40/$28* $45/$28* $50/$33* $55/$33*
Virtual Race $35 (through 11/24)

*Economy Package:  We know many of you love to race, but you have all of the race shirts and finishers medals you could ever want.  We also know that the price of racing has gone up!  Our economy package allows you to sign up for a cheaper price, still get the same great race and awards, but without the race shirt or medal!

What You Get With Your Registration

Regular Registration
  • Custom Black Toenail Friday Hoodie
  • Awesome post-race food and drinks
  • Live Results
  • Great Awards
  • Points toward the Trivium Southeast Michigan Running Series
  • The greatest excuse to not be out shopping all day
  • 2021 Finishers Medal: This race is part of the Mega Medal series of 2021!  All medals will connect to make one giant Mega Medal!
Economy Registration
  • Custom Black Toenail Friday Hoodie
  • Custom Black Toenail Friday Finishers Medal
  • Awesome post-race food and drinks
  • Live Results
  • Great Awards
  • Points toward the Trivium Southeast Michigan Running Series
  • The greatest excuse to not be out shopping all day
Virtual Registration
  • Custom Black Toenail Friday Hoodie
  • 2021 Finishers Medal: This race is part of the Mega Medal series of 2021!  All medals will connect to make one giant Mega Medal!

Awards

  • Both the Half Marathon and 7.5 mile events will be chip timed.
  • Finisher medals to everyone who completes the trail Half Marathon and 7.5 Mile
  • Awards for top three overall males and females in the Half Marathon and 7.5 Mile
  • Awards for top three males and females in the following age groups in both races– 14 & under; 15-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70+
  • Special points for those competing as part of a select Running Club for our Club Cup Challenge (make sure to register as part of that team so you get the points!)

Maps

Course Maps

    Half Marathon Map

    Click on the file to download a PDF map of the course.  The course is beautiful trails with a very small amount of elevation change.  The course will have four waterstops, and you will pass each twice, giving you a total of eight waterstops on this course.

    • Waterstop 1 (mile 1.5) Water and Gatorade
    • Waterstop 2 (mile 2.5) Water and Gatorade
    • Waterstop 3 (mile 4.3) Water and Gels
    • Waterstop 4 (mile 5.3) Water and Gatorade
    • Waterstop 5 (mile 7.3) Water and Gatorade
    • Waterstop 6 (mile 8.3) Water and Gatorade
    • Waterstop 7 (mile 10.1) Water and Gels
    • Waterstop 8 (mile 11.1) Water and Gatorade
    Course Map
    7.5 Mile Map

    This is a fast fun trail half marathon course! The half course is a two loop course.  The 7.5 will break off from where the half marathon begins its second loop, to finish.

    Course Map

Rules

Rules & Guidelines

In the event the race should be canceled for reasons beyond the control of the Race Director or Race Committee (inclement weather or unsafe weather conditions; local, state or national emergency), refunds will not be made, but race packets, including race shirts, will be available at a location to be determined. Information will be available on the race website.

Refund Policy: No refunds for any reason will be issued for this event within 30 days of the event start date. Earlier than 30 days before the event, a request may be made for a 50% refund (this will be 50% of entry fee, excluding any processing fees). Entries CANNOT be transferred or deferred to another event or year. NO EXCEPTIONS will be made to this policy. By registering for this event you agree to this refund policy. To request a refund, please contact us on our Contact page and select “Registration” as the reason for your message.

Transfer policy: Entries can be transferred to another individual for a $5 transfer fee. T-shirt size will not be changeable. Entries CANNOT be transferred or deferred to another event or year. To request a transfer, please contact us on our Contact page and select “Registration” as the reason for your message.