2024 Gristmill Grinder Half-marathon and 5K Fun Run/Walk !!

2024 Gristmill Grinder Registration is Closed!!!


Packet Pickup

We will plan to have two packet pickup options again this year, same as last year.

Option 1: Friday, April 19th, 2024 5:30-6:30pm - The Take Out at their new location on Court St, 139 South Court St to be exact!! Good Fuel to Go.  We are excited to see them opening at the new location with more room!

Option 2: Race day morning packet pick up will be from 8:00-9:30 at the Start/Finish area. This will be pretty hectic so shoot for friday if you can.....See directions to Start/Finish area below!!

Directions to the Start/Finish Area-

Enter Babcock State Park at the Main Entrance. Go past the Gristmill, left and up the paved road. Continue past the lake & pool parking lot to the Sugar Camp Run Picnic Area. This will be the Start & Finish for the race.

Remember- Packet pick up will begin at 8:00 am in the morning and go to 9:30.


Please note - we will NOT be able to transfer bibs to another runner.....

The Race will start at 10:00 am, the Walk begins at 10:10.

Spectator Access-

There are several great places to hang out and watch the race- and they all have a great view! One is at the Gristmill itself, runners come by early- about 10:15 and then again about an hour later at mile 11.

Two other great spots- when you come into the main entrance you can take the first right to Mann's Creek Gorge Overlook. About a mile up the road you will see a beautiful overlook on your left. The course goes right thru this overlook- it is a great place for photos. The first runners get there about 10:20. If you continue on out the road you will come to another picnic area and overlook. Plenty of parking there and it is the 6 mile mark for runners. Be sure and take your camera everywhere you go in the park!!

Post Race Eats

There are several excellent eateries in Fayetteville - Pies & Pints, Bridge Brew Works, The Take Out and Secret Sandwich to name a few.  Fruit, water and more sports drinks will be at the finish-

We will see you soon! Happy trails....