Plan Your Next Michigan Run

Whether you’re traveling throughout our great state and looking for a place to run, or you’re interested in finding new-to-you routes close to your home, you’re sure to be inspired by the roads, paths and trails explored and shared here.

And if you have a place you’d like us to feature, please let MRG know! Send an email to heather [at] michiganrunnergirl [dot] com


I love snapping photos mid-run, and I’m all about capturing pre- and post-race shots. Some of my favorite pictures of running in Michigan are here on this site…and if you want to check out more photos I’ve “Captured on a Run,” head over to my Michigan Runner Girl Facebook page to view the album of that name–and also join the conversation about savoring running in Michigan–or follow me on Instagram: @michiganrunnergirl

A few of my all-time favorite run photos…

My 10-year-old Andrew and me after a training run, summer 2012. We ran a 5K race together over Labor Day weekend.

Photo taken mid-run in my neighborhood, on the east side of Traverse City. It was early evening, the golden hour.

I love running with our black Lab Max. He’s just over three years old, and he’s a very biiig dog–he weighs more than 100 pounds. We have a lot of fun on the trails running together.

Spider Lake, Traverse City ~ This is a view from my dad’s home. There’s a 10-mile route I like to take starting at his house that goes around this lake and through some hilly side streets and trails. It’s beautiful out there.

One Response to “Plan Your Next Michigan Run”

  1. I just wanted to first off tell you how fantastic your website is. Second, I wanted to share one of my favorite places to go running that you could add to your list. I live in West Olive, MI (halfway between Holland and Grand Haven along the Lakeshore) and I am extremely blessed to live right by an awesome park for trail running. It’s called Pigeon Creek Park and if you don’t overlap any of the trails there are around 7-8 miles worth of trails. It’s mostly hard packed gravel with a few sandy spots and some gorgeous views of the creek and swamp once you get back into the park. It’s extra cool too because in the winter you can cross country ski in the park and it is gorgeous, plus they have very nice, clean outhouses for when nature calls lol. Here is a link to the website for the park:

    Run Happy!

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