Ok, so I know what you are expecting...an interview with the General Manager (his name is Ed Grice, by the way) on "Running A Resort" that describes how the day-to-day operations of Boyne Mountain Resort works and who is responsible for the endless amounts of fun that you can have at this beautiful place. Well, that's not a bad idea for a future article, in fact, I think Ed would really get a kick out of it, but I am talking about running. Whether you are a walker, a jogger, or a serious runner, one thing holds true, there is nothing more exciting than starting a run with either new shoes or fresh terrain.
I am a proud victim to the latest trend: training for a race. Sure, it's fun to share your mileage on Facebook and part of the reason you do it, is just to say that you did it. Then you post that pic of you smiling, arms raised in the air as cross the finish line. The real story is, that when you set goals something amazing happens, you accomplish them and the journey to get there is life changing. I never in my life thought I could run a half marathon, but I did and part of my training took place at Boyne Mountain Resort.
As I ran, I often thought about our guests who are here on vacation. They packed their running shoes and are super excited to explore new terrain, but may be a bit intimidated to run in an unfamiliar place.
So here are some quick running tips:
- If you are looking to take a short run, 1-2 miles, start in the Clocktower Lodge Circle Drive and head out Cliff Dweller Road, hang a right at Boyne Mountain Road and turn into the Bluegreen parking lot. This will connect you to Brown Road, a nice uphill that will soon turn to dirt, you'll turn around before you get too far, and head back the way you came.
- If you are looking for moderate elevation changes and want to stick to the roadways, Mountain Pass Road is the run for you. It is a 3 mile run, one-way, when you start at the Clocktower Lodge Circle Drive. Jog to the end of Cliff Dweller Road and take a left on Boyne Mountain Road. When you approach the Tennis Courts, hang a left on Mountain Pass Road. Traffic moves slow on the road and eventually you can get on the cart path, but be cautious of cars on some of the corners. This road offers nice rolling hills and will lead you to the Beach House Restaurant and Deer Lake. Feel free to take a quick dip before heading back to the circle drive. Round trip, this run is a challenging 6 miles.
- All of this nature, it would be a shame not to explore our trail system. You can run a couple of miles on trail or get your long run in easily. Grab a Bike Trail Map from the concierge and make sure you study the route you would like to take, this will alleviate too much thinking while running. You can access the trails in multiple locations, but the easiest is to enter from the Tennis Court parking lot. You'll find nice wide trails that follow Mountain Pass Road all the way out to the Beach House Restaurant or singletrack trails that will lead you to the top of the mountain. The best part about running on trails, the trees create some nice shade on a hot day and the dirt on your shoes makes you feel pretty awesome when you are done.
- Maybe your are training for a mud run. You are at the right place, Boyne Mountain is the home to the Dirty Dog Dash, where we place obstacles on the mountain and throughout the woods to challenge even the toughest athletes. You could start by running up the face of Victor, that is no small feat. On the way down, follow the path that winds down Cold Springs (also the route of our Disc Golf course), to save your knees from too strenuous of a grade.
This is just a quick look at some running options at the resort. Be creative, have fun, and look for some sprinklers to run through on your way in. Most importantly, don't let vacation be an excuse to skip a run, instead make it part of the experience.
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