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 Race: This Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K race is set for Sunday, May 30, at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville, Mich., about 45 minutes from Traverse City. Waves will be added in 10-minute increments as needed to ensure social distancing requirements.

The North Mitten Half Marathon, 10K and 5K is a combination of paved roads, dirt roads and trails. The North Mitten route consists of primarily flat, open trails on Crystal Mountain property and will not climb the mountain. Both races will start and finish at the white slopeside tent near the Crystal Clipper chairlift. This is a great spring race for beginners and experienced runners! 

The Discount: Use 21MRGHALF to save $10 off your half marathon entry. Use the code 21MRG to save $5 off your 10K or 5K entry. Register here.

The RaceRagnar Michigan Trail is June 25-26, 2021. Escape the daily grind and head to the beautiful Michigan countryside of Hanson Hills Recreation Area, just one hour from Traverse City.

Your team will take turns running over two days and one night, relay-style, on three smooth, single-track trails perfect for any runner experience level. You’ll run on lush forested pine and maple paths, over rolling hills with scenic bluff overviews. At night, let a billion stars overhead (and your headlamp, of course) light your way along the trails.

When you’re not running, you’ll be partying with your team and other runners at Ragnar Village. Think campfire stories, s’mores, live music and even time to roll out those sore legs.

Round up a team of your most adventurous friends for a nature-fueled challenge that will give you memories to last a lifetime.

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 Races: Rivertown Races, April 24, 2021, is an increasingly popular and professionally timed, family-friendly half marathon, 10K, and 5K and is a favorite for many beginner and elite runners alike. These events start and finish at beautiful Meadows of Millennium Park, the largest urban park in the area, located in Walker, MI, southwest of Grand Rapids. Runners will travel over roads, paved trails, and bridges while enjoying the rolling terrain, wetlands, and lakes that encompass this unique location. Food and beverages, music, and family fun will be available throughout the event.

The Discount: Use the code MRG2021 to save 10% off your race entry. Register here.

The RaceTri Goddess Tri, set for Saturday, June 26, celebrates women of all abilities, inspiring them to reach new heights of health and set new fitness goals by training for and completing a triathlon. The first-ever all-women’s triathlon/duathlon in Michigan, Tri Goddess Tri is organized by women who know how to make your first (or hundredth!) triathlon tons of fun! As part of Epic Races’ festival of goddess races, the triathlon takes place at Big Portage Lake State Park, Waterloo Recreation Area, 11500 Seymour Rd Grass Lake, Mich. Live and virtual options for a 5K or 1 mile are available. 

The Discount: Code coming soon!

Read Heather’s race recap of this triathlon here »

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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