Our 2nd Annual Run at the Gun 5k!
All Proceeds Benefit the Fight Like Hall Foundation and the Yankee Springs Veterans Memorial.
April 16th, $20 Registration, 9:00 AM
KID’S FUN RUN
April 16th, $15 Registration, 10:00 AM
Online Registration concludes Thursday, April 14th at noon!
Online registration ends Thursday at noon – Registration on the day of the race is located at the park between 7:00 and 8:45 AM for $25.00 ($20.00 for kids).
- Registration the day of the race starts at 7.00 AM and ends at 8:45 AM. Cost of race day registration will be $25.00 ($20.00 for kids)
- Packet pickup for the race will take place on Friday April 15th at the Yankee Springs Fire Station from noon untill 8.00 PM. Packet pickup will also be available at the State Park on Saturday April 16th (day of the race) from 8.00 AM to 8.45 AM.
- Start time for the race is 9.00 AM. followed immediately by the 5/k walk. Walkers will line up behind the runners. The kids fun run will begin at 10.00 AM. Length of the fun run will be 8/10 mile.
Facts about Gun Lake & Yankee Springs
Original Native American tribes in this area were Potawatomis, Algonquin, Ottawa. Chief Noonday and Chief Matchebenashewish were prominent leaders in the early to mid 1800’s. Matchebenashewish is the name of our local tribe – also called the Gun Lake Band of Potawatomi Indians.
Some early visitors to the area from the East Coast, had scrawled “Yankee Springs” in the bark of a tree. When Bill Lewis, one of the first settlers, built a stagecoach stop nearby, he was dubbed “Yankee Bill” Lewis.
The land had been cleared and heavily farmed, until the soil was depleted. In the early 1930’s the Federal Gov’t began buying land with the idea of making a park. During the Depression, the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) replanted trees and built the Long Lake Outdoor Center. A handbuilt table in the Roosevelt Pavilion still bears the tag identifying it as a CCC project piece. 1943, the Feds needed to unload non-war expenses, so the land was given to the State ofMichigan.
Yankee Spring State Recreation Area is 5200 acres; and includes the Picnic Unit which is a peninsula that runs between the west and east sides of Gun Lake.