Welcome to the Red Moon Trail Run

Presented by Short’s Brewing Company!

Here is your 2019 Participant Guide

TriToFinish and Short’s Brewing Company welcome you to the 3rd Annual Red Moon Trail Run!  We, along with our partners at the Fraternal Order of Eagles - Midland 2110, Midland City Forest, Runners Athletic Company, Ray’s Bike Shops, Covenant Sports Medicine and ESPN Radio 100.9 are excited to bring you this awesome race event. We hope you enjoy it as much as we love putting it on!

To get started - Note the race start times! We adjusted the 25K event start to keep from having you all out there until 1:00AM. With these start times, all runners should be finishing up their respective events in darkness.

We highly recommend coming prepared with some of the basics for night-time, trail running: a headlamp or light source; trail shoes; insect repellent; and light technical clothing for warm weather running (and a hoody or jacket for after as it may cool down at night). Our partners at Runners Athletic Company can get you set up with good shoes and technical gear if you’re in need! The weather is looking great and the beer, cider, and seltzer are on ice! Can’t wait to see you all Saturday!

Oh, and please note the exclusion of dogs for this year’s event. Seems USA Track & Field does not allow non-service dogs to participate in sanctioned events. We apologize if this is a disappointment to anyone (as it certainly is to us). If you signed up specifically because you wanted to run with your pooch, please contact us at info@tritofinish.com to discuss.

Packet Pickup and Race Location:  Midland City Forest, 2840 E Monroe Rd, Midland, MI 48640

Overflow Parking Location: Fraternal Order of Eagles, 2934 E Monroe Rd, Midland, MI 48642

Race Start Times:

  • 25K (5 Lap) Event - 8:00PM

  • 10k (2 Lap) Event - 9:00PM

  • 5k (1 Lap) Event - 9:15PM

Packet Pickup and Late Registration:

Saturday, August 10th, 2019 from 6:00-8:45PM at the Midland City Forest’s Monroe Rd Entrance and site of both Red Moon and Snow MoonTrail Runs.

  • Everyone MUST BRING IDENTIFICATION to receive a wristband allowing you to drink at the event tent.

  • All participant will receive a Red Moon Trail Run Pint Glass at packet pickup. Two drink tickets will be attached to each race bib.

  • Bring some extra cash! Shirts and pint glasses, as well as some Snow Moon swag will be available for sale during packet pickup!

  • There will be a shuttle van transporting runners and spectators between parking at the Eagles Club and the Event Tent. Don’t be afraid to use it! But also don’t be afraid to walk down to the park. It’s approximately 1/4 mile from Eagles Parking to the event tent. Parking at the City Forest lot is LIMITED.

  • Additional beer tickets for spectators will be available for sale in the event tent AFTER the 25K race begins. Spectators must show I.D. to receive a wrist band allowing them to drink.

  • Outside alcohol will not be allowed inside the fenced-in event area in respect to our partners at Short’s Brewing Company.

  • Race bibs are color-coded by event and MUST be worn uncovered on the front of the body. Be sure to smile when crossing the finish line the first time through as photographer Dana Barnes will be taking your FREE online photo!

  • If you need to change events, please notify staff at packet pickup. Moving down is simple enough, but those moving up will incur a minimum fee of $10.

  • Purchased T-Shirts will be picked up after obtaining race bibs. Limited exchanges MAY be available based on merchandise availability. Refunds will not be allowed.

  • If you’d like to “drop” a bag of personal items in the event tent, please bring a bag with you! Event Staff at the merchandise table inside the event tent will be happy to hold your bag for you.

  • Don’t drink and drive! We are all about having fun and celebrating your accomplishment with a cold brew or two, but drink responsibly. We love you guys and want to see you back for Snow Moon Trail Run in February!

  • If you do not make it to packet pickup before 8:00 PM, your best bet is to simply park at the Eagles and take the shuttle or walk down to the park. You will likely not find a parking spot at City Forest. We recommend arrive at least 45 minutes or more prior to your start time to ensure you find a parking spot and receive your race packet in time to make the start line.

  • PLEASE NOTE: If you purchased a t-shirt, you MUST pick it up during packet pickup. You may have a friend pick up items for you. We will NOT mail or ship items. If necessary, we will provide hours and location for pickup of items at our offices.

Parking - IMPORTANT!

PACKET PICKUP IS UNDER THE TENT AT CITY FOREST! PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY ENOUGH TO GET PARKED, GET TO THE REGISTRATION AREA AND PICK UP YOUR RACE BIB. There will be limited parking at the Midland City Forest lot on race day. Event staff will provide shuttle service in a 15 passenger van between the designated parking field lot next to the Eagles Club and Midland City Forest. You do NOT have to wait for the shuttle. It’s a short walk to the event tent from the Eagles lot (about 1/4 mile). If you do not make it to packet pickup before 8:00 PM, your best bet is to simply park at the Eagles and take the shuttle. You will likely not find a parking spot at City Forest. If your race is at 9:15 and you arrive to the event at 9:00PM, chances are you will not make the start line in time.

The parking map below is not exactly correct as the Eagles Club will be using their building parking lot for a motorcycle event on race day. The field lot next to the area shown will be set aside for Red Moon Parking.

Get Directions

Race Course 


What is the terrain like? Will I need traction for my shoes? The course is NOT single track trails. It is wide path that is fairly smooth but might have puddles, sticks, roots, rocks throughout. Trail running shoes are recommended and can be purchased locally at area Runners Athletic Company locations!

Can I bring my dog to this race? Unfortunately, No. This event is sanctioned by USA Track & Field. Per USATF: “USATF sanctioning policy does make a distinction between service dogs and pets. Service dogs are allowed to participate, where family pets are not. It’s a matter of liability, we just can’t approve events that allow animals (excluding service animals)

Do I need a head lamp? We highly recommend head lamps so you can see where you are stepping.  Trail races by nature require more attention to one’s footing.  Roots, rocks and darkness increase the need to be more aware of your footing. Trails will be “marked” by small LED lights that do NOT provide ambient light and are intended only to help provide direction.

Will the trail be lit or marked? The trail will not be lit. However, there will be LED lights and course markings to guide runners through the course.

Will there be an aid/water station on the course? Yes. The course constricts for a bridge crossing at approximately the .75 mile mark.  An aid station providing water and snacks of several sorts will be set up at sign 11 on the event map so that runners will pass by it twice for every 5k lap.

Do I need special running shoes for this race? Not necessarily, though trail specific shoes would help tremendously in keeping your footing on this course. We recommend you visit our friends/partners at Runners Athletic Stores in Midland, Saginaw, Bay City, and Mt Pleasant to find the best available options!

Can I walk or ruck instead of run? Absolutely. We ask that you sign up ONLY for the 1 Lap 5k or the 2 Lap 10k races and that you remain to the side of the trail and out of the path of runners if you choose to walk or ruck though.  

Will there be beer at the race? The Eagles of Midland will be serving up 2 brew selections from Presenting Sponsor Shorts Brewing Company to each participant as part of your registration offering.  We are geeked about this! Starcut Mosa Cider and Tropical Seltzer have been added to the beer selection for those with gluten distaste.

Can spectators buy beer? That’s the plan! But beer tickets will only be sold to non-participants at the event tent AFTER the 25k race begins. Spectators MUST show I.D. to receive a wrist band allowing them to drink.

Can I bring my own beer? Midland City Forest allows open non-glass containers. However, alcohol of any sort will not be allowed inside the event area out of respect for our Presenting Sponsor Short’s Brewing Company.

Will I be able to buy shirts, hats or pint glasses? A limited number of extra t-shirts will be available in various sizes. There will also be a limited number of Boco Snow Moon Truckers and and other Snow Moon gear for sale… as well as some additional pint glasses from both races. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted!

Will there be a drop bag area? We will have an area behind the registration table to drop bags.


We will announce and distribute awards as quickly as possible once each event is finished. Runners MUST be present to receive their awards! We will NOT mail them. If you are one of the fast ones, please chill out, have a Short’s beer or cider, and cheer on those still running until we can get those awards finalized and begin distributing them.

  • Top 3 Overall Fastest 5k (1 Lap) Male & Female (gun start – chip finish actual)

  • Top 3 Overall Fastest 10k (2 Lap) Male & Female (gun start – chip finish actual)

  • Top 3 Overall Fastest 25k (5 Lap) Male & Female (gun start – chip finish actual)


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

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Refund and Transfer Policy

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.