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|
|1997 probably ran but don't have data||n/a|
|1999 probably ran but don't have data||n/a|
|2000 probably ran but don't have data||n/a|
|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|
|2015 did not run - osteoarthritis - had hip surgery|
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.