Premier Races

The following are MRG-endorsed races taking place in Michigan in 2018.

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 & Fall

The 12th Annual Brainy Day 5K and 10K Trail Run, set for Aug. 11, 2018 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. NEW and RETURNING in 2018: Brainy Day After Party – presented by Odd Side Ales
  • The family friendly post-race party is open to runners and their families and friends. Food and beverages will be available (non-alcoholic and alcoholic); race participants will receive vouchers for freebies.
  • Custom Finisher Medals for all finishers
  • New Logo and Reflective Printing on the Shirts
  • Expanded Apparel options
  • Cash Prizes, Unique Extra Medal, and Commemorative Brainy Day Stein for the Overall Top 3 Males and Females in both the 5K and 10K
  • Farm Fresh Vegetables for Age Group Winners – presented by Mellema Farms.
  • Use the code MRG2018 to save on your race entryRegister here »
The 6th annual Team Lucky 7 Boyne City Triathlon is set for Sunday, Sept. 2 in Boyne City, Mich. This course will take your breath away. Athletes will start out swimming in the crystal clear waters of Lake Charlevoix before skimming the coastline on their bike and passing through town on their run. Distances: Olympic and Sprint Triathlon, and Sprint Duathlon. 2-3 person relay also available. Funds raised from this event support Team Lucky Seven, Inc. and its mission of ‘Racing to Fight Brain Disease’. In the first four years, $18,000 was granted to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, for the express purpose of neurological research only.  Funds have supported research in Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).
Use the code MRGTL718 to save on your race entry. Sign up here » Visit the event’s Facebook page here »
Stay tuned for more details on this event leading up to race day. Listen to the MRG podcast interview with race director Rob Swartz here »
American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K & 5K takes place Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. The American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K 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 on Sunday, September 16, 2018 and celebrate your strength, your beauty, your inner grace… everything that makes you the goddess you are! More race news and stories to come on MRG — stay tuned!
Use the code MRGEPIC2018 to receive 10% off your race entry.  Register here »
The Vineyard to Bay 15K & 5K run/walk is set for Sunday, Sept. 2 in Suttons Bay, Mich. Known for its picturesque course and unique finisher medals, the Vineyard to Bay has moved to a new date in 2018 — the race now is held over Labor Day weekend instead of the weekend prior to the holiday weekend. The event also is offering the 15K and 5K distances (the 25K previously was another distance option). Proceeds benefit Suttons Bay Public Schools and Traverse Area Recreation Trails (TART). The event features cash prizes, age group awards and finishers awards. For more information, including volunteer or sponsorship opportunities, go to the race web site here »
Use the code MRG2018 to save 20% off your total cart purchase. Sign up here » Visit the event’s Facebook page here »
Stay tuned for more details on this event leading up to race day. Read this MRG article about the race here »
Now entering its fifth year, the Holland Haven Marathon and Half Marathon (and 8K, added last year) takes place each September – the weekend prior to Boston Marathon registration opening – and features point-to-point race courses. (The marathon starts in Grand Haven and ends in Holland while the half marathon starts at the event’s charity partner, Camp Geneva, midway through the marathon course.) Some 23 percent of marathon finishers BQ’d in 2016 and 2017.Use the code RUN12MRG to save $12 (yep, 12 dollars) off your Holland Haven Marathon, Half Marathon or 8K race entry. This year’s race is set for Sunday, Sept. 9.

Reebok Ragnar Relay Michigan is set for Sept. 28-Sept. 29, 2018. Teams of 12 or 6 will start the 200-ish mile relay in charming Muskegon, where runners speed past historic ships and lighthouses with a van of teammates cheering them along each leg of the course. The race finishes in Traverse City – home to some of Michigan’s finest wineries and the sapphire blue Grand Traverse Bay. A Ragnar wouldn’t be complete without a finish line party, hunky finisher medal and stories to tell for years to come. Find out what it means to find your #innerWILD and mark your running calendar for Sept. 28-29. Reebok is giving every team captain a free pair of shoes.
Use the code MIRUNNERGIRL to receive $80 off your team entry. Register here »

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