White Dog 5K Trail Run

West Branch, MI


2019 Overview

Bring your friends and family for the 1st annual White Dog 5K Trail Run and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk at YMCA Camp Timbers!  Relive your memories of summer camp, and create new ones, as you run the trails on camp’s beautiful 300-acres of “Up-North” nature.  After the race, enjoy the afternoon at camp with camp adventures exclusively for race participants – a cookout lunch, climbing tower, zip lines, canoeing/kayaking, s’mores, and more!  

Proceeds will support summer camp scholarships to help local youth benefit from experiences at YMCA Camp Timbers.

This is a professionally timed USA Track & Field Sanctioned event.

The Legend of the White Dog

Long before YMCA Camp Timbers, the forests surrounding Piper Lake were home to a small lumber town – the town of Piper.  From1882-1892, Piper was a bustling lumber town where the mighty White Pine were cut and shipped south to build the growing cities of the Michigan and the Midwest.  

According to legend, Piper Pete was the strongest of the town’s lumberjacks. A “topper,” Piper Pete had the dangerous job of climbing and cutting the top from the tall pines before they were felled.  When not working, Pete could be found walking the trails and tracks around Piper with his beloved companion, the White Dog.  Through a series of treacherous situations, colorful characters, and unusual encounters best shared around the glow of a summer campfire, Pete and the White Dog eventually met untimely ends.  However, the legend doesn’t stop here.

As a protector of the forests around Piper Lake, the White Dog has also become a protector of camp.  Whether through mysterious sounds in the woods, chance “out-of-the-corner-of-the-eye” sightings, or the wishful thinking of generations of campers, the Legend of the White Dog “howls on.”

Participant Perks

In addition to enjoying a beautiful, wooded trail run, race participants will receive the following perks:

  • Event Water Bottles

  • Custom Finisher Medals

  • Unique Hand-burned Awards (see below)

  • Free Finisher Photos

  • Complementary Cookout Lunch

  • Exclusive Access to Afternoon Camp Activities

  • Available On-site Showers

  • Sunday afternoon of camp adventures exclusively for race participants with Cookout Lunch, Climbing Tower, Paddle Boards, Zip Lines, S’mores, and more!

When & Where

Sep 29, 2019


10:00 AM

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