Sporting Events & Races

Combine the beauty of a stunning natural backdrop with a community that has a passion for an active lifestyle and it's no wonder that Traverse City is host to a generous number of races year-round!

Summer race season begins in late June with the Glen Arbor Solstice Half-Marathon, a half marathon and 5k run/walk around Big Glen Lake and the lovely town of Glen Arbor. Then, as part of the National Cherry Festival in July, there's the Meijer Festival of Races, with a 5K run/walk and a 15k. It's not all for runners, either! Late August brings the inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 Traverse City triathalon scheduled to take place on August 25, 2019. 

With its cool weather and beautiful scenery, fall is also the season for runners and bikers. In October, there's the Sleeping Bear Marathon -- a scenic marathon and half-marathon in the heart of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore -- and in November, there's the Ice Man Cometh Challenge taking place on the challenging Vasa trail.

Winter's cold and ice doesn't cool down the competitive instinct in northern Michigan. December brings the Farmland 5K XC Challenge, a running and biking event on a course with barriers that includes straw bales and fallen logs. In January the events take a wintery turn with the White Pine Stampede (Michigan’s longest and oldest point-to-point cross country ski race) and the North American Vasa Festival of Races, which includes 50k, 27k, 12k, and 6k races on the Vasa Pathway. 

Spring is next and it’s definitely the season for athletes to show off their winter training! In April there's the Traverse City Trail Running Festival, a series of off-road running events on a variety of single track and two-track trails through the Pere Marquette Forest. And May brings one of the most popular running events in the Midwest, the Bayshore Marathon.

 For a complete list of year-round athletic events check the calendar below.

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