Route: Kal-Haven Trail (MI)

Location
Michigan, US
Description

Kal-Haven Trail State Park is a 33.5-mile crushed limestone path (former RR bed) connecting South Haven and Kalamazoo. The trail meanders through wooded areas, past farm lands and over rivers and streams. Trail highlights include a camelback bridge and covered bridge. Each year since 2010 the Kal-Haven Trail Run (race) has taken place along the length of the trail. Solo course records are equivalent to FKTs for the route. Detailed run results and records are here.

As of 2017 the records are as follows:

  • Female Open – 4:04:48.5     2012 Nicole Clement
  • Female Masters – 4:30:41.6     2012  Leslie Scheffers
  • Female Grand Masters – 4:36:33.9     2015 Leslie Scheffers
  • Female Senior Grand Masters – 7:58:22.9 2017 Susan Hubert
  • Male open – 3:29:08.8     2015  Galen Burrell
  • Male masters – 3:38:52.7     2012 Michael Collins
  • Male grand masters – 4:13:58     2009 Kevin Rabineau
  • Male senior grand masters – 5:08:21.2     2012 Rick Motter
GPS Track

Comments

On one of the most famous midwest rail-trails, the Kal-Haven Trail Run was (and still is) one of my proudest running accomplishments. I had no idea what I could run on this course, as I didn't train specifically for it. I ran 100+ miles the week of the race, all on trails in northern Michigan, the Upper Peninsula, and northern Wisconsin. In lots of snow. I felt fit, though. For the race, the temperature was in the 30s and the rain was coming down in sheets, with a wind of 20-30mph from the north (at our right sides). I went out conservatively and pretty quickly found myself in a nice rhythm. I hung out in 3rd place until mile 18-ish, when I moved into 2nd. The leader at the time, Nick Mockeridge, was a 2:29 marathoner and was literally out of sight and mind from the gun. However, I was building momentum and knew I was running very strongly. I was in such a flow. Finally, at mile 31, I caught sight of Mockeridge and reeled him in by mile 32. I went on to win the race in 3:35:33, splitting 3:16 for 50k, somewhere in there. I am really proud of that effort. (Galen Burrell is the only human to have run faster than I (3:29:xx). His splits for that race are incredible and I'm sure he is proud of that performance!)