Mitten State Races

An ever-growing list of Michigan’s great races!

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Dexter-Ann Arbor Run – Half Marathon, 10K, 5K , Kids Run, Dexter, MI Learn More »

Annual Visiting Nurse Association & Blue Water Hospice 5K & 10K River Run & 3 Mile Walk, Marysville, MILearn More »

Leland Harbor Run – 5K Run/Walk, Leland, MI Learn More »

The M-22 Challenge – 2.5 run/climb up the Sleeping Bear Dunes, 17-mile bike around Glen Lake, 2.5 paddle (kayak or stand-up paddleboard) in Little Glen Lake, Empire/Glen Arbor, MI Learn More » 2011 Read my 2011 race re-recap here » & my 2013 race recap here » & my 2014 race recap here »

Two Hearted Trail Run (50K and marathon travel from Muskallonge State Park on Lake Superior to the Upper Tahquamenon Falls; half marathon follows the wilderness trails near Betsy Lake and Clark Lake), Paradise, MILearn more »

Michigan Zombie Run (Three dates; first one is in mid-June, second in July, third in August), Birch Run, MI Learn More »

Ludington Lakestride Half Marathon, 5K & 10K, Ludington, MI Learn More »

Cowboy Trail Run/Walk – 5k & kids’ fun run, Augusta, MI Learn more »

Glen Arbor Solstice Half Marathon & 5K, Glen Arbor, MI Learn More »

Lilac Festival 10K Run & Walk, Mackinac Island, MI Learn More »

Duck ‘N Dodge family adventure 5K, including “Ducklin Dash” for youth, Warner Camp in Grand Junction, MI Learn More »

Run from Hell, 5k, Pinckney, MI Learn More »

Cheetah Chase 5K, Binder Park Zoo, Battle Creek, MI Learn More »

Higgins Lake Half Marathon, 10K & 5K, Higgins Lake, MI Learn More »

Charlevoix Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K, Charlevoix, MI Learn More »

Dirty Dog Dash 5K, Boyne City, MI Learn More »

Cadillac Marathon (team & individual) & Half Marathon, Cadillac, MI Learn More »

Liberty Festival – 5K, 10K, one-mile – Canton, MI Learn more »

The Solstice Run 40 miles, through the night(!), starting in Leelanau County & ending in Traverse City at sunrise. Learn More »

Flirt With Dirt 5K & 10K, Novi, MI (the second race in Running Fit’s Serious Series) Learn More »

T-Rex Triathlon Series – do 1, 2 or all 3 of the Wednesday Night Triathlons. One in June, second in July, third in August. Island Lake State Recreation Area in Brighton, MI  Learn More »

Running for World Gold 5K run/walk, hosted by L.A.K.E Lapeer area karate enrichment, Rowan Park, Lapeer, MILearn More » 

Mercy Health Seaway Run – Half Marathon, 15K, 5K, community fun 5K walk, Muskegon, MI. Learn More » 

The Teal a Track and Trail 5K run/walk, benefitting the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance, Grand Blanc High School. Grand Blanc, MILearn More »

5K Fun Glow Run/Walk, with proceeds benefitting Five Points of Hope Cancer Care Fund,  Kensington Metro Park, Milford, MI. Learn More »

Huntington Reeds Lake Run 10K, 5K run/walk (dog-friendly), kids races, hosted by East Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation, East Grand Rapids, MILearn More »

Kona Strawberry Run 8K/5K/1 Mile, downtown Belleville during National Strawberry Festival, chocolate strawberries & more. Registration & website will be launched in early Feb. 2015. Belleville, MI. Check out the Kona Running main site here »

Annual Summer Solstice 5K Fun Run, Sherman Park, Sault Ste Marie, MILearn More » 

FirstTry Triathlon (300 yd swim, 9.1 mi bike, and 2 mi run), Linden County Park, Clover Beach, Linden, MILearn More »
State Games of Michigan 5K, East Kentwood High School Cross Country Course, Kentwood, MILearn More »

July 4th: Boyne City Independence Day 10K in Boyne City, MI. Learn more and register here.

Stars, Stripes & Splatter 5K (family-friendly color run), Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Acme, MILearn More »

Festival of Races 15K & 5K, held final day of National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, MI. Details here.

Stony Lake Sparkler 5K, Stony Lake, MI (near Shelby). Learn More »

Carter’s Kids Festival Fun Run, featuring Traverse City’s celebrity handyman Carter Oosterhouse, on the National Cherry Festival Junior Royale Parade route. Traverse City, MILearn More » 

Baldwin Troutarama 5K Run/Walk – Baldwin, MILearn More »

Win for Brynn 5K (to raise awareness and funds for Rett Syndrome and families affected by it), Harrison, MI Learn More »

Michigan Zombie Run (Three dates; first one is in mid-June, second in July, third in August), Birch Run, MI Learn More »

Run the Keweeanaw, Mt. Baldy Summit Run, 12K Copper Harbor Trails Challenge, 12K Copper Harbor Trails Non-Competitive Run/Hike, 2K Junior Trail Run and 25K Keweenaw Trails Run, Keweenaw Peninsula/Copper Harbor, MI. Learn More »

Smile through the Miles 5K/10K at the Louis Groen Nature Preserve, Johannesburg, MI. Details here.

Friends of Fishtown 5K, Leland, MI Learn More »

Tri-Cities YMCA Coast Guard Run, 10K, 5K, 1-Mile Family/Kids Run/Walk, Grand Haven, MI Learn More »

Grand Island Trail Marathon, Munising, MILearn More »

Waugoshance Trail Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K & Kids 2K – Emmet County, MI (Cross Village to Mackinaw City) Learn More »

Pennies from Heaven 5K Run, Walk, Stroller Race, benefitting young adults during their battle with cancer – Riverview Park, St. Joseph, MILearn More »

5K Trail Run/Run benefitting Eagle Village, Hersey, MILearn More »

Race for YMCA presented by Chemical Bank, 5K run/walk and a 10K run. All proceeds benefit the Benton Harbor-St. Joseph YMCA and helps people within the community attend Y classes at little or no charge. Margaret Upton Arboretum (course runs along Lake Michigan and the St. Joseph River), St. Joseph, MI. Learn More »

Kingsley Heritage Days 5K and Fun Run, Kingsley Civic Center South, Kinglsey, MILearn More »

Escape to Belle Isle, 10K/5K/Kids Fun Run, benefitting Ronald McDonald House of Detroit – Belle Isle State Park, Detroit, MILearn More »

The Sweaty Yeti Run 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run, Virtual 5K option – benefitting the Barber-Galvin Memorial Scholarship Fund. This Scholarship is in memory of two sisters, Christie Galvin and Kellie Barber who both lost their battles with cancer in 2014. East Jordan, MILearn More »

Glow4Kids 5K Run/Walk and 1-mile fun run – illuminated nighttime event – benefitting the Zoie Sky Foundation, Burton, MILearn More »

Pirate-themed Pirates on the Run 5K and 8K, hosted by the Dow Bay Area Family Y. Also features “Little Matey” run. All part of the family-friendly Pirates Festival. Bay City, MILearn more » 

Team Orphans Cookie 5K, helping provide grants to adopting families, Robinette’s Apple Haus, Grand Rapids, MI. Learn More »

Annual Miles for Mankind Running/Walking Event, all race profits donated to local and global charity organizations that focus on the education of children trapped in tough life circumstances, Nankin Mills Recreation Area (along Edward Hines Dr.), Westland, MILearn More » .

Glow in the Art 5K, Mt. Pleasant, MILearn More »

The Great Amazing Race Western Michigan 1 mile/5K adventure race for adults and kids grades K-12, Milham Park, Kalamazoo, MI. Learn More »

Glow In The Night 5K, benefitting Five Points of Hope, Kensington MetroPark, Detroit, MI. Learn More » 

“Harborun” 10k during Harbor Days in Elk Rapids, MI. Details here.

Michigan Track Meat 5K in Lake Odessa, MILearn More »

Dune Dash 4 Mile Run Walk, Glen Haven, MILearn More »

Run For Babies 5k, Traverse City, MI Learn More »

Michigan Zombie Run (Three dates; first one is in mid-June, second in July, third in August), Birch Run, MI Learn More »

Glow in the Park 5K (nighttime run with music and “stations” such as running through glow-in-the-dark powder and water spray), Camp Dearborn Park, Milford, MI. The run starts at 8:50 p.m. Learn More » 

Lauren & Theresa’s Run 5K Trail Run/Walk (benefits Munson’s neonatal unit), Traverse City, MI Learn More » 

Lupus CrossCountry Heart Run2Remember 5K – Bloomfield Hills, MILearn More »

Taqua Trail Run, 25K, 10K, 2K Kids Run, Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Paradise, MILearn More »

Mt. Baldhead Challenge, Saugatuk-Douglas, MI Learn more »

Crim Races – 10 Miler, 8K Run/Walk, 5K Run/Walk, Teddy Bear Trot, Flint, MI Learn More »

Vineyard to Bay 25K, 2-person 15K/10K, Leelanau County, MI Learn more »

Marquette Marathon, Half Marathon & Marathon Relay, Marquette, MI Learn more »

Running Between the Vines 5K & half marathon, part of the “not so serious” Thirsty 3 race series, Sandhill Crane Vineyards, Jackson, MI Learn more »

BIG Little Races, 5K & 10K (benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters), Traverse City, MI Learn more »

Legend Half Marathon, 10 Mile, and 5 Mile, Laingsburg, MI (The 3rd and last run in Running Fit’s Serious Series) Learn More »

Red Carpet Run, West Bloomfield, MI Learn More »

The Hard Cider Run 5K (team option available), Sietsema Orchards & Cider Mill, Grand Rapids, MI Learn More »

Run or Dye, “the world’s most colorful 5K,” Jackson, MI. Learn More »

Come to the River 5K & 10K, part of the St. Casimir Church Corn Roast Festival, Lansing, MI. Learn More »

Vineyard to Bay 25K & 5K, Leelanau County & Suttons Bay, MILearn More »

Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Michigan 5K/10K/fun run, support the more than 5,000 families the association serves within the state of Michigan. T-shirts and finisher medals for all runners, Island Lake State Recreation Area, Brighton, MI Learn More »

Pepper Footraces 5K Cross Country Race, Mackinaw Heritage Village, Mackinaw City, MILearn More »

Paint the Town Black 5K, with all proceeds going toward Melanoma research. McBain, MILearn More »

Farmers Insurance and Financial 5K and Youth 1K Fun Run, Cadillac, MI Learn More »

The Great Amazing Race Detroit 1 mile/5K adventure race for adults and kids grades K-12, Indian Springs Metropark, White Lake MI Learn More »

Detroit Head for the Cure 5K Run & Walk, Detroit. Learn More »



Holland Haven Marathon, from Grand Haven to Holland, MI. Learn More »

Run to Remember, 5K Run/Walk, Lansing’s Old Town. A family (and pet) friendly event to remember those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, including 19 with Michigan connections, and to honor and celebrate the brave men and women across Michigan who protect and serve our communities and nation on a daily basis. Funds raised by this event will support the programming of the Michigan Remembers 9-11 Fund. Lansing, MILearn More »

River Restoration Trail Run – Half, Full, 60K, 80K, Vanderbilt, MI Learn more »

American Home Fitness Detroit Goddess Half Marathon, 10K & 5k, Detroit, MI Learn more »

Mighty Mac Bridge Run 11K and all new for 2016, bike ride (duathlon option), hosted by the St. Ignace Visitors Bureau, Mackinac Bridge, starting in Mackinaw City and ending in downtown St. Ignace, MI Learn More » 

Mackinac Island 8-Mile Road Race, Mackinac Island, MI Learn more »

Hawk Island Triathlon (beginner-friendly triathlon), now with event just for kids – the Hawk-I-Kids-Tri. Lansing, MI   Learn More » 

Holland Hospital Park 2 Park Half Marathon & 5K, Holland, MI Learn More »

The Brooksie Way Half Marathon, 10K & 5K, Oakland County, MI Learn More »

The Hungerford Games Trail Races – half marathon, marathon and ultra-marathon, Manistee National Forest, Big Rapids, MILearn More »

Rock and Root Ramble 5K trail run/walk in memory of Joseph Caimi benefiting the Pine River Nature Center. Race takes place at Pine River Nature Center, next to Goodells County Park, 15 minutes west of Port Huron, MI Learn More »

Run Woodstock Weekend – 100 Mile, 100K, 50 Mile, 50K, Marathon, Half Marathon and 5 Mile, Pinckney, MI Learn More »

Dances with Dirt Hell – 50 Mile & 50k Ultra, Hell, MI Learn More »

West Side Christian Run For Reading 5K Run/Walk, Millennium Park in Grand Rapids, MI Learn More »

King of the Mountain obstacle course race, Mt. Holiday, Traverse City, MILearn More »

Growler Gallop, Detroit, MILearn More » 

The Super Run: Ann Arbor, at Gallup Park, 3000 Fuller Road, Ann Arbor, MILearn More »

Colors of Cancer 5K, hosted by Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission and American Cancer Society/Relay for Life. Rolling Hills County Park in Ypsilanti, MILearn More »

Detroit Challenge: The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race. Downtown DetroitLearn More »

NSO In Their Shoes 5K, hosted by Neighborhood Service Organization (NSO), an evening race in Palmer Park, DetroitLearn More »

Muskegon Humane Society 5K Run/Walk, Holiday Inn of Spring Lake, Spring Lake, MI. “Open to those with 2 legs or 4! It is family friendly, and Fido is welcome too!” Learn More »

Little Traverse Half Marathon & 10K Run/Walk, Harbor Springs, MI Learn More »

Dirt in the Skirt 5K, orchard run/walk, Stoke Homestead Farm Market near South Haven, MI. For every runner that wears a tutu or skirt, organizers will donate an extra $1 to CureSearch for childhood cancer research. At least 25% of all registration fees will go to support CureSearch, a childhood cancer research organization. Learn More »

Susan G. Komen West Michigan Race for the Cure 5K Run/Walk (discount rates for students), Ah-Nab-Awen Park, Grand Rapids, MI. Learn More »

Turn the Village Teal 5K Fun Run/Walk, benefiting the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance, Rochester, MILearn More »

Children’s Tumor Foundation 10K, 5K, kids hero dash (with age appropriate distances) and fun 2.5 mile walk. (5K is also walker friendly.) Addison Oaks Park, Leonard, MI. Learn More »

Festival of the Forks 5K Run/Walk, race ending in downtown with food and music. Albion, MI. Learn More »

Children’s Tumor Foundation 5K and 10K runs, a kids hero dash (with age appropriate distances) and fun 2.5 mile walk, Addison Oaks Park, Leonard, MI. Learn more »

Dirty Dog Trail Run (run with your pooch!), trail run, Midland, MILearn more »

Dash for Dogs 5K (family- and dog-friendly), Spring Lake, MI. Learn more »

Run For the Hills! 5K Walk/Run, Tipton, MI. Learn more »


Betsie Valley Race, Half Marathon, Thompsonville, MI Learn more » * Read my race re-cap here » *

Great Turtle Half Marathon & 5.7 Mile Race, Mackinac Island, MI Read more »

Traverse City Track Club Lighthouse Half Marathon, Traverse City, MI Learn more » Read my race re-cap here » *

Sleeping Bear Marathon & Half Marathon, Glen Arbor, MI Learn more »

Grand Rapids Marathon, Grand Rapids, MI Learn More »

Detroit Marathon & Half Marathon, Detroit, MI Learn More »

Vasa Trail Race, Traverse City, MI Learn more »

Remembrance Run/Walk, Traverse City, MI Learn More »

Harbor Springs Half Marathon, Harbor Springs, MI Learn more »

Salmon Run – 5k, 10k run/walk, Baldwin, MI Learn more »

Scrumpy Skedaddle 5K & 10K, part of the “not so serious” Thirsty 3 race series, Almar Orchards, Flushing, MI Learn more »

Wicked Halloween Run – 5k, 10k, Monster Mile, Plymouth, MI Learn more »

Beaver Island Boodle 5k – Beaver Island, MI Learn more »

Porcupine Mountain Trail Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K, Kids 2K – Silver City, MI Learn More »

Run, Scream, Run 5K, 10K, and Kid’s Mile, Wiard’s Orchard YpsilantiMI Learn More » 

Chocolate 5K, Detroit, MILearn More »

Horton Lake Outbreak 5K Obstacle Course (taking place throughout the month), Holly, MI Learn More »

Autumn Color Tour Train 5K Trail Run, Blissfield, MI Learn More »

Halloween Zombie 5K to support domestic violence and bullying awareness month, Harrison Township, MILearn More » 

Lions of Michigan Foundation Eye Care, Do You? Half Marathon, 8K, 5K, 5K walk race, walk-a-thon, Lansing, MI. Learn More »

Pistons Fit 5K, scenic trail run on the DTE Energy Music Theatre grounds, features appearances from Pistons entertainment teams and music from two top Pistons DJs. All participants receive a ticket to a 2015-16 Pistons home game. Detroit, MI. Learn More »

Halos for Hospice 5K and Family Walk, benefitting Hospice Angels Foundation, Belle Isle, Detroit, MI Learn More »


Up North Media Turkey Trot 5K run/walk & 5 Mile Flier, Traverse City, MI Learn more »

Turkey Trot 10K/5K/Kids 1 Mile, Ann Arbor/Dexter, MI Learn more »

Fifth Third Turkey Trot 10K, Detroit. Learn more »

Up North Media Turkey Trot 5K run/walk, Petoskey, MI. Learn more »

Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk and Kids Run, Alma, MI. Learn more »

Moonlight Bootlegger 5K, Northville, MI. Learn More »

Kona Chocolate Run 10K, 5K, Cocoa Mile, Plymouth, MI. Learn More »

iCrush 5K Walk/Run, Big Rapids, MI. Learn More »

Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis 5K, Snowman Shuffle Fun Run for kids 12 and under, Portage Creek Bicentennial Park, Celery Flats in Portage/Kalamazoo, MI. Learn More »

The Runner’s Fairway Series, 5K Run/Walk two weekends in November, Rochester Hills, MI. Learn More »

The Great Beerd Run 5K, designed to celebrate all things “Beer and Beard.” Untimed run with on-course beer tastings provided by Beards Brewery, Short’s Brewery and Right Brain Brewery, Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Acme, MI. Learn More »


Farmland 5K, cross-country race – Traverse City, MI Learn more » * Read my race re-cap here » *

Holiday Hustle 5k & 1 Mile Saturday, Dexter, MI  Learn More »

Go Santa Go 5K, supporting Feeding America of West Michigan, Grand Rapids, MILearn More » 

Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis 5K, Snowman Shuffle Fun Run for kids 12 and under, Compuware World HQ, Detroit, MILearn More »

Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis 5K, Snowman Shuffle Fun Run for kids 12 and under, Grand Valley State University, Downtown Campus Eberhard Center, Grand Rapids, MILearn More »


Resolution 5K, chip-timed and flat running course, walkers welcome; hosted by Our Savior Lutheran Church and School in Lansing, MILearn more » 
New Year’s Resolution Run 5K & 1.5 mile, Lake Orion, MILearn More »

Frozen Foot Race – 5 miles, sponsored by the Traverse City Track Club, Traverse City, MI. Learn more »

The Snowmans Half, 10K, 5K (part of the Winter Warriors Half Marathon series), Mt. Pleasant, MI Learn more »

Big Foot Snowshoe Race – 5k & 10k, Traverse City, MI Learn more »


The Ice Cube Half Marathon, 10K, 5K (part of the Winter Warriors Half Marathon series), Mt. Pleasant, MI Learn more »

Groundhog Marathon & Half Marathon, Grand Rapids, MI Learn more »

Winter Blast 5K, indoor finish, flower to all female finishers, custom awards, 1K kids Winter Flurry run, over 50 volunteers. Grandville, MI Learn more »

Tahquamenon Falls Snowshoe Race 5K & 10K, Paradise, MILearn more » **Read my 2015 recap of this race here » **

Betsie Bay Frozen 5K, Frankfort/Elberta, MILearn more »

The Vineyard Race – 30K or 20K fat bike race, 5K snowshoe race, family-friendly 1/2-mile snowshoe run, Leelanau County, MI Learn more »


TC Trojan Trek, 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run benefitting the East Middle School cross country and track programs, East Middle School in Traverse City, MILearn more »

Over the River and Through the Woods 5K snowshoe race/trek to benefit the UP Land Conservancy (after-party at The Ore Dock in downtown Marquette), Marquette, MILearn more »

St. Patrick’s Day Race – 5k, Traverse City, MI Learn more »

The Mud Dogs Half Marathon, 10K, 5K (part of the Winter Warriors Half Marathon series), Mt. Pleasant, MI  Learn more »

Shamrocks & Shenanigans 5K, Ann Arbor, MI Learn More » 

The Blarney Stone Race, 5K/10K/Half Marathon, benefitting the Mid Michigan Cat Rescue and the Potterville Parks and Rec Fund, Potterville, MI (Lansing area) Learn More »

Shamrock Shuffle 5K – prizes for costumes, proceeds go toward efforts to have Lakeshore Bike Trail in downtown cleared of snow in 2015 & 2016 – Muskegon, MILearn More »



Traverse City Trail Running Festival – 11k relay, 10k, 25k, 50k, Traverse City, MI Learn More »

5K and 10K Puzzle Run, hosted by the Autism Support of West Shore and held at Millennium Park, Walker, MILearn more here (Click on the ‘EVENTS’ tab.

The Ann Arbor Marathon, Ann Arbor, MI Learn More »

BIG Little Hero Races – 10K, 5K, Fun Run, Traverse City, MI Learn More »

Hoofin’ It For Horses 5K Run/Walk plus 1-mile timed kids race, MSU Horse Teaching & Research Center, Lansing, MI Learn More » **this is a dog-on-a-leash-friendly race**

Gazelle Girl Half Marathon & 5K, Grand Rapids, MI Learn More »

Martian Invasion of Races Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and Kid’s Marathon, Dearborn, MI Learn More » 

Trail Marathon Weekend: Trail Half Marathon & Trail Marathon, 50K, and Road Ends 5 Mile, Pinckney, MI (first race in Running Fit’s trail race Serious Series) Learn More »

Breaking Barriers: 5K Run/Walk, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI Learn More » (Facebook page for this race is here » )

Crosstown Campus 10K, benefitting Traverse City Area Public Schools fine and performing arts programs, Traverse City, MI Learn More »

5K Choo-Choo Chug, along the River Raisin, Blissfield, MILearn More »

Spring Splatter 5K “color run,” benefitting the Children’s Advocacy Center of Traverse City. Race takes place at Central High School, Traverse City, MI. Learn More »

5K for Play, hosted by Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum, at Island Park in Mt. Pleasant, MI. Learn More » All proceeds benefit the Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum.

S.A.V.E. A LIFE 5K / 1 MILE RUN, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI Learn More »


Run the Ridge 10K Team Relay, Timber Ridge Resort, Traverse City, MI Learn More »

Blossom 5K Run/Walk, hosted by Boy Scouts of Troop 10, partial trail/road race through and by orchards of southern Benzie County, MILearn more »

Tulip Time Run 5K, 10K, 1K Kids Run, Holland, MI Learn More »

Crosstown Campus 10K & 5K, with all proceeds bend fitting the STEP (Students in Transition Empowerment Program) program at Treverse City Area Public Schools – a free program administered by TCAPS to help youth who lack fixed, regular and adequate housing. Traverse City, MILearn more »

Kalamazoo Marathon, Kalamazoo, MI Learn More »

Great Lakes Bay Marathons – Half and Full marathons, Midland, MI Learn More »

Kentucky Derby Dash 5K benefiting Camp Casey, Kensington Metropark (near Milford and Brighton, MI) Learn More »

Fifth/Third River Bank Run, Grand Rapids, MI Learn More »

The Mother’s Day 5K, Hickory Hills, Traverse City, MI Learn More »

Run for the Health of It 5K, Saint Ignace, MI Learn More »

Shanty to Shorts 5K, 10K, 5K fun run, Shanty Creek Resorts, Bellaire, MI Learn More »

Hawk Island Triathlon (beginner-friendly triathlon), now with event just for kids – the Hawk-I-Kids-Tri. Lansing, MI Learn More »

Hightail to Ale 5K, part of the “not so serious” Thirsty 3 race series, Atwater Brewery, Detroit, MI Learn more »  (this is a Friday evening race)

Mental Health 5K/1-mile walk along Little Traverse Bay (raising awareness for mental health), Petoskey, MI Learn More »

Mayday 5K, walk/run/skate 3.1 miles, benefiting the Michigan Coalition Against Tar SandsGrand Rapids, MI Learn More »

Mackinaw Memorial Bridge Race, Mackinaw City, MI Learn More »

Bayshore – 10k, Half Marathon, Marathon, Traverse City, MI Learn more » * Read my race re-cap here » *

Book’n Trilogy 10K & 5K Run/Walk, benefitting the Salem-South Lyon District Library, starting at Millennium Middle School in South Lyon, MI Learn More »

Bark For Life Fido 5K/ 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk, Hudson Mills Metropark, Dexter, MI. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Learn More »

The Flintstone Challenge 5K run/walk, founded by Michigan State medical students to benefit the Flint Community Schools Classroom Support Fund. Held at 701 Crapo St., Flint, MILearn More »

Summer Shuffle 5K. All proceeds benefit The Haven of Rest Ministries. Event includes post-race Kids Health and Fitness Fair as well. Battle Creek, MI. Learn More »

North Mitten Half Marathon & 10K, Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville, MI. Learn More »

The Militant’s Run, part of the Michigan Half Marathon Race Series. Half, 10K, 5K. Takes place on mountain bike trail (mostly single-track). Grayling, MI. Learn More »

The Chocolate 5K, Grand Rapids, MI. Learn More »

Susan G. Komen Detroit Race for the Cure 5K Walk/Run. Up to 75% of race proceeds remain in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties helping to support breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment programs for the medically underserved. Race takes place in Chene Park along Detroit’s Riverwalk, DetroitLearn More »

River Valley Bank Hope Starts Here Challenge Duathlon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K, benefitting the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center, Marquette, MI. Learn More »

5K Dragon Dash, follows the Polly Ann Trail, Orion Center, Lake Orion, MILearn More »

Hero Mud Run 3-mile, 6-mile, 8-mile course options, Muskegon, MILearn More »

Van Andel Institute – Purple Community Foundation 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run, 100% of proceeds benefitting cancer and neurodegenerative disease research at Van Andel Institute, Grand Rapids, MILearn More »

Annual HA5K Run with Your Pack & one-mile Husky Run, runners encouraged to form groups of up to 5 people (and get a discount!) but solo runners are welcomed, too. Holly, MILearn More »  

Run 2 Read 10K/5K Trail Run & 5K Trail Walk, presented by Macomb Literacy Partners, Stony Creek Metro Park, Shelby Township, MI Learn More »

26 Responses to “Mitten State Races”

  1. Hey there! Thought we should let you know about an awesome race happening in Harrison, MI on July 6 to raise awareness and funds for Rett Syndrome and families affected by it. Its called the 4th Annual Win for Brynn 5k! Brynn is one of our very own sweet Rett girls:)

    Check out the race at or at our website

    thanks so much!

  2. Beth Sinclair

    Hi! I am an asst. cross country coach at Bloomfield Hills High School. We are holding our first ever 5k run on Sunday, August 11 in memory of a student who died of a sudden, unexpected cardiac event and in memory of a CC mom who just passed 2 months ago. We will be raising money for the Beaumont Student Heart Screening program and the Lupus Foundation. Any help you can give us in spreading the word would be most appreciated!!

    The event is listed on Run Michigan and the Bloomfield Rec Department. We also have a FB page called Run 2 Remember. There is a 5 man HS team division which would be great for any of those HS athletes who would like to gauge where they are in their training just before the season begins.

    Here is our Run Michigan link:

    And here is the link to sign up on our recreation department page for our district.
    Lupus CrossCountry Heart Run2Remember 5k

  3. We would like to invite you and your followers to our 3 events next year. Michigan Zombie Run is a scary, fun filled 5k that will keep you adrenaline flowing big time! Check out our website for more information. Our event in located in Birch Run. Michigan and the dates ares June 14, 2014, July 19, 2014, and August 9 2014. Hope to see you there! Any questions please feel free to contact me.

  4. S.A.V.E A LIFE 5K / 1 MILE RUN is a race that encircles the beautiful neighborhood of Grosse Pointe Woods. This is the second annual race brought to you by GPN’s S.A.V.E. Club (Students Against Violations of the Environment). This event hopes to increase awareness of the connection between human health and environmental pollution.

    All proceeds of the race will go towards the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, which promotes leukemia research and the Moross Greenway Project, which plants Michigan native trees and wildflowers to create a sustainable landscape on the Eastside of Detroit.

    Last year’s event raised over $11,000 to combat childhood cancer

    • S.A.V.E A LIFE 5K / 1 MILE RUN is a race that encircles the beautiful neighborhood of Grosse Pointe Woods. This is the second annual race brought to you by GPN’s S.A.V.E. Club (Students Against Violations of the Environment). This event hopes to increase awareness of the connection between human health and environmental pollution.

      All proceeds of the race will go towards the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, which promotes leukemia research and the Moross Greenway Project, which plants Michigan native trees and wildflowers to create a sustainable landscape on the Eastside of Detroit.

      Last year’s event raised over $11,000 to combat childhood cancer

  5. Hello, we have an upcoming inaugural event which benefits the Mid Michigan Cat Rescue and the Potterville Park & Rec.
    THE BLARNEY STONE 5k/10k/HALF MARATHON on SUNDAY MARCH 16th 2014 in located in Pottervile (Lansing vicinity).
    We have tech Ts, cool medals, music, age group and best costume awards, and a beer tent, sponsored by EagleMonk Pub and Brewery!

    Best Regards,

  6. I wanted to get the word out for our great race in the fall. It is Thursday September 25 at 6:18 PM at the beautiful Millennium Park. It is a 5k run/walk that features rock-bands throughout the course and pizza at the finish. Cash prizes are awarded to top age group winners. This fund-raising event promoted healthy living while raising funds for our school.
    Thank you.

  7. Hello,

    I would love to get our event listed on your Mitten State Races page.

    The event is called the ‘Paint the Town Black 5k’. It will be held July 26, 2014 in McBain, MI.

    The website for the event is:

    This is our second year putting this race on, and we would love to get the word out as much as possible. (All money raised goes towards Melanoma Research).

    We will have prizes for the top male and female in each age group: 14 & Under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60 & Over.

    Please let me know if you need additional information.

    Thank you,

    Kraig Van Houten

  8. Hello,
    I would love to get our event listed on your Mitten State Races page.
    The event is called the ‘Turn the Village Teal’ and it will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2014 in Rochester, MI.
    This is our first year adding on a 5k fun run/walk to this great event for Ovarian Cancer Awareness. All money raised will go to Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance (
    The website for the event is: and users can view the run/walk and registration tabs to sign up.
    Please let me know if you need additional information.
    Thank you,
    Tami Miller

  9. Hello!

    Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan would like to let you and all of the Michigan Runners out there know about The WALK on October 18th! It will be a Halloween themed walk, where we encourage all of the participants to dress in your best and celebrate the fight. Besides the walk there will be, entertainment, face painting, trick-or-treating, and beverage stations. I have included the website below for more information!

    Warmest Regards,

    Jessica Dupont

  10. kristenaidif

    We would welcome the opportunity to list the 4th annual Gazelle Girl Half Marathon & 5k on your Mitten State Races calendar. The all women’s event will take place on Sunday, April 17, starting and finishing on USATF-certified half marathon and 5k courses in downtown Grand Rapids. Aid stations will be available approximately every two miles and a Finish Line Celebration on Calder Plaza. Sterling silver charms for half marathon finishers and custom keychains for 5k finishers. Gazelle Girl weekend will feature a Friday night short film event, themed running tours on Saturday morning and the Expotique at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts on Saturday from 11a-5p. More information and online registration at

  11. Hello,

    I wanted to let you know of a fun color run that’s happening in Downtown Auburn Hills, MI. The event is called Color Me Extraordinary 5K 2016. It’s on June 25th from 8:30am to 11:30am. The Color Me Extraordinary 5K is an exciting new family-friendly event taking place on the morning of June 25. Registration is just $35 per individual with special rates for teams of 4 or more.

    Here is the website for additional information,

    Have a wonderful day!

  12. Girls on the Run of Greater Detroit needs enthusiastic volunteers for our 5K on Sunday, May 21, at Lake St. Clair Metropark (31300 Metro Parkway, Harrison Township, MI 48045). We have thousands of area boys and girls coming — and for most, it will be their first 5K. There are many jobs available, but Course Marshals are a big need (and a fun job!). Here’s the description for that position:

    Course Marshals/Spirit Stations/Wave Leaders
    Morning shift: Check in at 7:45 a.m.
    Afternoon Shift: Check in at 11:45 a.m.
    Volunteers can also work both shifts.
    Duties: Help us point our youth in the right direction! We will need volunteers along the route to ensure participants follow the correct route. We also encourage you to cheer them on! Bring a group of 8 or more to be considered a “Cheer Station”. Cheer Stations typically have a theme.

    ​If you can volunteer some time for this amazing event, please register here:

    • Hi, Cherisa!

      I am not aware of any off the top of my head, but I am thinking there must be one out there…have you tried contacting local community groups in these areas? If I hear of any, I will be sure to let you know. You can also check the searchable race and event calendar here on my site — new races are added all the time by race organizers!

      Thanks for visiting and commenting! – Heather

  13. Hi there!

    I am the marketing coordinator for the YMCA of Southwest Michigan. We have a few 5k/10k coming up this year. All three of these races raise funds to support our annual campaign which provides the opportunity for hundreds of children in our community to attend Y programs, including summer camp, after school programs, and preschool to name a few, at little or no cost through financial assistance.

    Race for YMCA 5K/10K Presented by Chemical Bank – Saturday, July 21 at 8:30 am in St. Joseph, MI. Link to race info:

    Cat Tracks 5K – Saturday, August 4 at 9:00 am in Niles, MI.
    Link to race info:

    Thanksgiving Day Run 5K/10K- Thursday, November 22. 10K at 7:45 am and 5K at 9:15 am in Niles, MI. Link to race info:

    Thank you!

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