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Always held on Memorial Day, the Big Foot race has been going on in Dansville for longer than I've lived here (over 30 years).  It got it's name from a big foot sighting that occurred sometime before 1979 (when I moved here).  Someone put up a big foot crossing sign on the state highway M-36 just west of town and painted big footprints on the road.  They were still there when I moved here but have since been paved over.

I found out years later that a friend of mine rented a gorilla costume and went out to scare some friends on a hayride, and that's how the big foot sighting occurred.  He got scared himself when he almost got caught by a cop.  He kept quiet about it and then the rumors started. 

When I first started doing the Big Foot race, it was 5 miles.  The course stayed the same, but the distance was changed to 8K and a 5K option was added probably in 2002. 

My Big Foot Races, Dansville, Michigan

Date (Memorial Day) Distance Time Pace
1988 probably ran but don't have data      
1989 8K 43:39 08:44
1990 8K 45:50 09:10
1991 8K 43:11 08:38
1992 8K 40:30 08:06
1993 8K 46:30 09:18
1994 8K 47:57 09:35
1995 8K 42:41 08:32
1996 8K 61:00 12:12
1997 probably ran but don't have data   n/a  
1998 8K 50:27 10:05
1999 probably ran but don't have data   n/a  
2000 probably ran but don't have data   n/a  
2001-05-04 8K 53:01 10:36
2002 5K 33:51 10:55
2003-05 I think I had plantar faciitus and did not run   n/a  
2004-05 I think I had plantar faciitus and did not run   n/a  
2005 5K 26:33 08:34
2006-05-05 5K 26:17 08:29
2007-05-04 5K 26:10 08:26
2008-05-26 8K 43:21 08:40
2009-05-25 8K 49:22 09:52
2010-05-31 8K 61:25 12:17
2011-05-30 8K 53:00 10:36
2012-05-28 8K 49:19 09:52
2013-05-27 8K 50:02 10:00
2014-05-26 8K 51:54 10:23
2015 did not run - osteoarthritis - had hip surgery      
2016-05-30 8K 60.26 12:05
2017-05-29 8K 59:31 11:54
2018-05-28 8K 58:33 11:43

I've done this race more than any others and for a few years it was the only race I did.  This race is in Dansville, where I live, and is held on Memorial Day every year.  It's practically in my back yard.  The whole town has a big party that day and I give up biking and run as a celebration of life.

In 1992 I ran on an indoor track all winter and trained hard.  If it had been an easier course I'm sure I would've broken 40 minutes, but I was heavily into biking then and didn't run any more races that year.  In 1996 I'm pretty sure I walked it.  I think I might just be missing data for 1999, I don't remember missing any years except for when I had the heel spur (2003-4).  In 2010 I was out of training and actually ran/walked the race with no training at all.

The race starts at the High School on Williamston Rd, then runs east of town on M-36, then south of Jessop Rd, then west on Dexter Trail, and then back to the school.  It's not a fast course; Jessop Rd is gravel with some hills, and Dexter Trail also has a couple of hills, but it's scenic.  Sometimes I see deer during training runs on Jessop Rd.