The following are MRG-endorsed races taking place in Michigan in 2021.

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 ambassadors may also be running the event and sharing the experience leading up to, during, and after race day. 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.

2021 Races

The RaceHolland Haven Marathon, Half Marathon and 8K on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021 in Holland, Mich.

Holland Haven Marathon runners experience the beautiful coast of Lake Michigan as they 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 2021 Holland Haven Marathon is also host to the Road Runner’s Club of America State Championship Event for Michigan.

The Holland Haven Half Marathon begins at Camp Geneva along the Lake Michigan coastline.  Runners 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.

Runners unable to make into Holland for race day can still participate by completing the virtual race. All virtual runners earn a commemorative race medal.

Holland Haven Marathon is proud to support Camp Geneva – Charity Partner 2021.

Putting on a well organized event and tremendous experience for runners while supporting local organizations and embracing our community, that is Holland Haven Marathon.

The Discount: Use the code MRG12 to take $12 off your race entry.

 Register here »

The Race: The American Home Fitness Women Run the D event, slated for September 2021, is Detroit’s premier women’s running event, supporting various women’s charities. Specific race details coming soon! Whether you’re a seasoned runner, a casual runner or training for your first ever race, we have the distance for you. The 5K, 10K, and half marathon all take place together at the beautiful Belle Isle State Park.

The Discount: Code coming soon!

What do you get when you combine an overnight relay, sugar sand beaches, lighthouses and 12 adventurous friends? Reebok Ragnar Road Michigan, happening on Sept. 24-25, 2021!

Kicking off in charming Muskegon, this epic running journey will take your team past apple orchards, cherry blossoms, historic ships and did we mention lighthouses?

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.

Your whole team will finish your adventure as you cross the finish line together at a beautiful open space park in Traverse City, right on the water’s edge. Tired but triumphant, drained but strengthened, teams find out what they can do when they truly come together.

The Discount: Use the code 100MRG2021 to save $100 on your team entry. This is good on any Ragnar Road or Trail race in the U.S. in 2021.

The Race: The Great Beerd Run, an untimed 5K at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa near Traverse City, Mich., takes place each November. This fun run, which celebrates all things craft beer and beards, typically starts at 10 a.m.

What makes this race so unique? Enjoy on-course beer tastings featuring Beards Brewery, Short’s Brewery and Right Brain Brewery.

The Discount: Code coming soon!

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