Premier Races

The following are MRG-endorsed races taking place in Michigan in 2019.

MRG has been in direct contact with organizers of these events and is working with them to spread the word and encourage runners to sign on. In some cases, MRG may also be running the event. For complete event details — and race discount codes in some cases — as well as to register, please be sure to click on the race links provided.

Race Directors: learn more about becoming a premier race by contacting MRG at heather [at] michiganrunnergirl [dot] com 

Premier Races automatically are listed as Featured Races on the Michigan Race & Event Calendar ($150 value). See the Submit an Event page to learn more about becoming a Featured Race on the calendar.

Summer

The RaceBrainy Day 5K/10K Trail Run, Aug. 17, 2019 in Nunica, Mich. is a fun, community event to support and raise awareness for those who suffer from a neurological condition called hydrocephalus. All proceeds are donated to The Brainy Day Fund, which supports families through a scholarship program as well as provides research grants for medical professionals looking to end hydrocephalus.

The 5K course includes sandy areas, some hills, beautiful wooded areas, a pond and amazing Nunica farmland. It is a great first trail run for beginners and a moderately fast course for trail lovers of all skill levels.

 
The 10K course is challenging, but offers a sense of accomplishment that will empower you and leave you feeling awesome. Much hillier than the 5k, the course is breathtakingly stunning in more than one way. The 10K course is perfect for adventure-seeking, nature-loving trail runners.
 

The DiscountUse the code MRG2019 to receive 20% off your race entry. Registration opens Dec. 21, 2018. Register here »

Fall

The Race: 7th annual Team Lucky 7 Boyne City Triathlon on Sept. 1, 2019 in Boyne City, Mich. A beautiful venue, incredible cause, and significant prize purse await you! Funds raised from this event support Team Lucky Seven, Inc. and its mission of “Racing to Fight Brain Disease.” In the first six years, $20,000 was granted  to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. for the express purpose of neurological research only. Funds have supported research in Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Distances: Olympic, sprint, sprint duathlon. Learn more and get registered here » 

The Discount: Use the code MRGBCTRI19 to save 10% off your race entry. Register here »

The Race: Holland Haven Marathon, Half Marathon and 8K on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019 in Holland, Mich. You will experience the beautiful coast of Lake Michigan during the marathon, as you travel from Grand Haven to Holland. This USATF certified, point-to-point marathon follows Lakeshore Drive past the summer cottages right into downtown Holland.  The early September weekend allows for mild weather and a final opportunity to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Boston-qualifying hopefuls can make the cut only one day before registration opens.  

The Holland Haven Half Marathon begins at Camp Geneva along the Lake Michigan coastline. You’ll follow the scenic Lakeshore Drive past the beaches and into the City of Holland. The flat and fast course is comprised of paved bike paths along Lake Michigan and Lake Macatawa. This one-way race is one-of-a-kind in West Michigan, uniting communities in a unique event.

The Holland Haven 8K race is a great segue into longer distance races. The 8K race is a flat, out-and-back course. As a mid-distance road race, it is accessible enough for the novice runner yet incredibly challenging to experienced racers.  All ages are welcome to run or walk the race.

The Team Runner series allows runners to form teams of 4 to 8 runners. Coed teams are allowed and there are no age restrictions. All Team Runners on the same team must run individually within the same race. Each Team Runner is scored based on their individual age group placing. Total Team Runner score for the team is the sum of the best 4 finishing places for that team.

The after-party celebration for runners is at the all-new Holland Civic Center. There is local beer, local cider, local food, live music and the race expo. Every race finisher receives a commemorative race medal. Those completing all 3 race distances in separate years earn the coveted Trifecta Medal. Register here »

The Discount: Use the code MRGHOLLAND12 to save $12 on your race entry. Register here »

The Race: American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K & 5K on Sunday, Sept. 15 on Belle Isle, Detroit. This event was created by women for women. All women, of all ages, of all abilities. First-time racers and experienced marathoners. The young and the young at heart. Join your sisters on beautiful Belle Isle State Park and celebrate your strength, your beauty, your inner grace… everything that makes you the goddess you are!

The American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K, & 5K is walker friendly!

The Discount: Use the code 2019MRG10 to save 10% off your race entry. Register here »

Reebok Ragnar Michigan Road Sept. 27-28 starts in Muskegon and ends in Traverse City. What do you get when you combine an overnight relay, sugar sand beaches, lighthouses and 12 adventurous friends? Reebok Ragnar Michigan Road. For two days and one star-filled night, run through the vibrant fall foliage, picturesque towns and along the sand dunes of Lake Michigan. And if that isn’t enough you’ll spend 9 legs with beautiful beach views.

The Discount: Use the code MRG2019 to take $80 off your team entry. Register here »

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