February 3

Midland, MI

Snow Moon Trail Run - 2018 Overview

Join TriToFinish in collaboration once again with Organizers of the MUTT Series of races and the Bay City Morning Rotary Driathlon for the 2nd Annual Snow Moon Trail Run!  The Snow moon is a traditional name for the full moon that occurs in February in North America. This event has runners embracing the snow and cold air temperatures with a fun race through the dark.

Runners embark on one of several race distance options - 5k, 15k or 25k - along a 5k loop of wide trails (not single track) through the woods of City Forest in Midland, Michigan. Runners completing multiple laps will run through a chute located inside of the Snow Moon event tent. After you finish, be sure to bring your own adult beverage to consume as you cheer on those braving the cold night run as they run past you through the tent. 

Last year’s race sold out at 300 participants weeks before race day (with over 100 runners on a registration wait list).  This year we’ve increased participation to 400 runners.    Don’t get left out of this year’s race.  Register early!

This is a USA Track & Field Sanctioned event.

Last year’s race sold out at 300 participants weeks before race day (with over 100 runners on a registration wait list).  This year we’ve increased participation to 400 runners.    Don’t be left out "in the cold" without a race this year!  Register early!

Date:  February 3, 2018

Start Time:  6:30 PM

Location:  Midland City Forest

Address:  2840 E Monroe Rd, Midland, MI 48640

Course Description:

The Snow Moon Run will take place in Midland’s City Forest on wide-track cross country ski trails and mountain bike trails.  The course will be marked with small LED lights to assist with trail navigation.  The race is composed of a 5k trail course with runners able to choose a 1 (5k), 3 (15k), or 5 (25k) lap option.  If you are opting for multiple laps, you’ll enjoy cheer from those in the tent as you run directly through a 3,200 square foot event tent.  This race has one “aid” station with bonfire manned by enthusiastic volunteers that participants will pass twice on each loop of the course. 

Packet Pickup and Late Registration:

  • Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 from 3:00-5:30PM at the race tent

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

T-Shirts and Amenities 

All participants at this event will receive a custom Snow Moon finisher medal, FREE online finisher photo, custom race bib and professional chip timing.

T-shirts and sweatshirts for this event are available at added cost and must be ordered by Sunday, January 28th. These shirts will a good quality cotton blend and will be available in unisex or ladies cut. Ladies! Please be aware that ladies cut shirts are SMALLER and more form fitting than the standard unisex shirts. Take that into account when ordering. See “Additional Purchases Available” section below for details on cost and sizing. 

Additional Purchases 

To keep costs low to participants, we are making t-shirts an “additional purchase”. 

Many participants have asked for to opt out of purchasing a t-shirt and receiving registration at a lower rate.  For this event, we have standardized the lower rate for ALL participants.  The OPTION is now to purchase a shirt at the bargain price of $5 when registering (hey – they cost us more than $8 each to have them made).

To keep costs low to participants, we are making t-shirts an “additional purchase”.  For this race, we’d also like to offer the option to purchase a sweatshirt… as it IS winter, right?  

For those who don’t register in time, a limited number of Snow Moon Trail Run t-shirts in unknown sizes will be available race day for $10 each.  Don’t take the chance.  Buy yours when registering online!  Sizes available:

  • Unisex Small
  • Unisex Medium
  • Unisex Large
  • Unisex Extra Large
  • Unisex 2XL
  • Ladies Cut Small
  • Ladies Cut Medium
  • Ladies Cut Large
  • Ladies Cut Extra 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 may be unavailable.


  • Top 3 Overall Fastest 5k (1 Lap) Male & Female (chip timed actual)
  • Top 3 Overall Fastest 15k (3 Lap) Male & Female (chip timed actual)
  • Top 3 Overall Fastest 25k (5 Lap) Male & Female (chip timed actual)

NOTE: There will be no age group awards for this race, though ALL participants will receive a high quality finisher medal at the finish line upon completion of their 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!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I bring my dog to this race?  Only if your dog…

a)    Doesn’t bite

b)    Is used to running snow-packet trails

c)    Is tent trained (We don’t want to step in poo)

Do I need a head lamp?  We highly recommend head lamps so you can see where you are stepping.  Trail races by nature require greater attention to one’s footing.  Snow 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 1.5 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 winter and/or 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 wear snowshoes for this race?  Sure you can.  Why the heck not.

Can I wear cross-country skis for this race?  No.  Just… no.

Can I walk or ruck instead of run?  Absolutely.  We ask that you sign up ONLY for the 1 Lap 5k or the 3 Lap 15k 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.

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.



  • 5K Run/Walk/Ruck
  • 15K Run/Ruck
  • 25K Run


5K Run/Walk/Ruck (1 Lap)

  • $25.00 valid through 12/15/18
  • $30.00 valid through 2/01/18*
  • $35.00 for on-site registration

15K Run/Ruck (3 Laps)

  • $30.00 valid through 12/15/18
  • $35.00 valid through 2/01/18*
  • $40.00 for on-site registration

25K Run (5 Laps)

  • $30.00 valid through 12/15/18
  • $35.00 valid through 2/01/18*
  • $40.00 for on-site registration

* Online Registration closes at Midnight, Thursday, February 1st, 2018.  After that, ALL registrations will be completed on-site at late registration/packet pickup at the increased rates shown.

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