The Falling Waters Trail Run has been "running" for 9 years and each year this event grows in attendance by about 300-400 participants. Mark Ott has been the Race Director for 3 years and he has built relationships with tons of repeat runners to the point where all he needs to do is put out a request on Facebook for volunteers and he gets a surplus of responses. The major repeat sponsors for this run are Experience Jackson and Caster Concepts; these major sponsors recognize the value this run holds for the community.
Each year the Friends of the Falling Waters Trail decide at their monthly meetings on how the money raised from the run should be used to improve the trail to benefit the community. This year, funds will go towards the following:
- New Bathrooms
- Lights in the Teft and Weatherwax Parking Lots
- Fishing Pier on Lime Lake
- General Trail Maintenance
Mark and his team have already started the discussion on what the funds should go to next year; an additional bathroom and the fishing pier. The 2017 Falling Waters Trail Run features a Kids Wild Dash (1/4 mile), 5K Run, 10K Run/Walk, and a Half Marathon Run/Walk. All participants will receive a T-shirt, and Half Marathon finishers will receive finisher medals. If you would like to donate to the cause, but would not like to participate in the run, you are more than welcome to do so.
If you are interested in sponsoring the 2017 run or future runs, check out the Friends of the Falling Waters Trail Sponsorship page.