38th Annual Mud Creek Crawl 2017 Overview

Join TriToFinish for our fourth round at the 38th Annual Mud Creek Crawl!  With 3 Crawls now under our belts, we’re excited about returning in 2017!

Originally presented by the Tri-City Nordic Ski Club, led by Don Kane, continued under the direction of John McPeak and presented by Midland County Parks and Recreation Department, the MUD CREEK CRAWL has become a nationally recognized off-road race (RUNNER'S WORLD's choice as one of the nation's Top 13 Out-Of-The-Way Races) and this year you can be a part of it!

For those new to this event, top finishers are determined through the use of a handicap system of scoring: each entrant will have his/her actual finish time adjusted by a body type/composition factor and an age/gender factor. This handicapping allows each runner an essentially equal chance to win in his/her chosen race.

As always, you can expect our signature TriToFinish race experience, even lost in the woods! You’ll get personalized finishes, custom finisher medals, music, professional timing and FREE finisher photos. As in past years, we will be capping this race at 250 registrants so act fast to avoid missing out on one of Michigan’s premier trail races!

Date:  September 24, 2017

Start Time:  9:30 AM

Location:  Pine Haven Recreation Area

Address:  1490 W Maynard Rd, Sanford, MI 48657

Course Description:

The trail surface is natural turf, sand, or (hopefully) mud, depending upon the pre-race weather.  10k runners will complete a different course than the 5k runners/walkers so be sure to consult the map button further down the guide.  Please understand that the course may be slightly different from what you see on the map, but that the course will be VERY WELL marked – even better than last year.  There will be two aid stations available along the course.  If you need more nutrition or fluids than that, please plan ahead and carry your own.

Packet Pickup and Late Registration:

  • ·   Sunday, September 24th, 2017 from 6:00-9:15 AM at Pine Haven Recreation Area*

*NOTE:  Please arrive early enough to complete the BMI screening!

Online Registration closes at Midnight, Thursday, September 21st, 2017.  After that, ALL registrations will be completed on-site during late registration/packet pickup at the increased rate of $30 ($20 for seniors and kids). 

NOTE: Active.com charges a nominal fee to participants when registering. We just don’t want you to be surprised when you go to register online!


Based on feedback from participants who wish for lower pricing without shirts, event t-shirts will be an added $5 purchase this year and are available ONLY to those who register online before Noon on Monday, September 18th! These shirts will be the quality cotton blend we are known for and will be available in unisex, ladies cut, or youth sizes. 

Shirt Sizes Available 

  • Small
  • Medium
  • Large
  • Extra Large
  • 2XL
  • Ladies Cut Small
  • Ladies Cut Medium
  • Ladies Cut Large
  • Ladies Cut Extra Large
  • Youth Small
  • Youth Medium
  • Youth Large

Note: Please keep in mind that Ladies Cut shirts generally run smaller than standard unisex t-shirts as they are designed to be somewhat form fitting. Participants will receive the size and type shirts ordered. Exchanges will be unavailable.


  • Top 3 Overall Fastest 10k Male & Female (gun start/chip timed actual)
  • Top 3 Overall Fastest 5k (gun start/chip timed actual)*

Awards with BMI Handicapping will be given for the following:


  • 1st place
  • 2nd place
  • 3rd place
  • 4th place
  • 5th place
  • 6th - 15th will receive awards signifying their placement


  • 1st place
  • 2nd place
  • 3rd place
  • 4th place
  • 5th place
  • 6th - 15th will receive awards signifying their placement

*NOTE:  There will be no separate Walk event for 2017.  Walkers will fall into the category of 5k run.  All participants will receive high quality finisher medals at the finish line upon completion of their event but there will be no placement awards for a walking event.


Both actual and adjusted results from Miller Race Management will be displayed at the event and will be posted at TRITOFINISH.COM within 48 hours of race completion.


Interested in volunteering? Events like this can’t be successful without great volunteers! Sign up at the link at the top of this page and we’ll be in touch. All volunteers receive a cool, TriToFinish logo’d tech t-shirt courtesy of ATS Printing in Bay City, MI!


We completely understand that plans change and athletes will sometimes be unable to compete in an event they've signed up for.  Unfortunately, refunds will not be provided for any event unless the event is cancelled for reasons within our control.  Dangerous weather, natural disasters, and local emergencies are examples of reasons an event may be cancelled that are NOT within our control.

Should an athlete have an injury or other medical issue keeping them from competing in an event they've registered for, we would be happy to transfer their registration to a similar TriToFinish-owned event up to and including the same event the following season.  A doctor's slip may be required as proof of injury or ailment.  Failure to provide proof if requested will result in non-transfer of the event.

Transferring registrations to other athletes is NOT allowed.



  • 10K Run
  • 5K Run/Walk

Note: There will be no competitive walk category.  Participants are free to run or walk as they'd like.

Registration Prices:

10K Run & 5K Run/Walk

  • $20.00 valid until 06/30/17
  • $24.00 valid until 9/22/17
  • $30.00 On-Site Registration

10K/5K Senior (60+)

  • $12.00 valid until 6/30/17
  • $15.00 valid until 9/22/17
  • $20 On-Site Registration

10K/5K Youth (13 & Under)

  • $12.00 valid until 6/30/17
  • $15.00 valid until 9/22/17
  • $20 On-Site Registration