Premier Races

**PLEASE NOTE UPDATED INFO BELOW DUE TO COVID-19 OUTBREAK

THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED AS RACE INFO COMES IN AND THE PANDEMIC CONTINUES TO EVOLVE.

The following are MRG-endorsed races taking place in Michigan in 2020.

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.

Spring & Summer

The Race: Gazelle Girl Half Marathon, 10K & 5Know a virtual race due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Get all of the latest updates on this virtual experience here. Be sure to sign up if you haven’t already!

Join the Gazelle Girl community for the eighth anniversary of this race! This women’s only half marathon, 10K and 5K runs through the heart of Downtown Grand Rapids, MI. Gazelle Girl features a boutique event experience with everything from access to meet-ups and social media groups throughout the year, to a one-of-a-kind expotique and finish line celebration. Gazelle Girl is all about YOU!

The Discount: Use the code GG20MRG5 to save on your race entry. Sign up for the virtual experience here.

The RaceSuburban Chevrolet Ann Arbor Goddess 10K, 5K, 1-mile is set for Sunday, April 26. UPDATED INFO: BECAUSE OF COVID-19, THE 2020 RACE HAS BEEN CHANGED TO A VIRTUAL RUN. DETAILS AND FURTHER UPDATES HERE »

Choose from the 10K, 5K, the 1-Mile Fun Run, Iron Goddess… and just for kids… the Ann Arbor Sports Commission Kids Run!

Celebrate women — by joining your mothers, sisters, daughters, your entire sisterhood in the Suburban Chevrolet Arbor Goddess Run and showing Ann Arbor how truly divine you are. You can even race with your daughter or mother in the Mother-Daughter category or add a grandmother or granddaughter for our Three Generations of Women category of fabulous females (participants must all compete in the same division to be eligible for awards, 10K and 5K only)!

Looking for less distance? Participate in the untimed One-Mile Fun Run. Create a team of your family members, co-workers, neighbors, or friends and enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow women as you tackle this run. Whatever your age or ability may be, you know you can do this.

While this is a day to celebrate goddesses of all generations, we also welcome gods (husbands, brothers, fathers, sons, grandfathers, and more), as long as they support our goddesses and these very vital causes (awards are just for the ladies, guys!)

Before the race, participants are invited to participate in pre-race warm-ups led by Delirium Fitness!

All events are walker-friendly!

The Discount Code: Use the code mrg2020a2g to take 10% off your race entry. Register here »

The Race: Kick off summer on Sunday, May 24, 2020 with a running start at Crystal Mountain’s 6th Annual Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K race! 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 the code MRG20 to save $10 off your race entry. Register here »

The Race: Ragnar Trail Michigan is back for year two on June 27-28, 2020—yep, it’s happening on Saturday and Sunday again. AS OF MARCH 25, 2020, ALL RAGNAR EVENTS BETWEEN JUNE AND DECEMBER 2020 WILL PROCEED AS SCHEDULED. THIS INCLUDES BOTH RAGNAR TRAIL MICHIGAN AND RAGNAR ROAD MICHIGAN. VISIT THIS RAGNAR PAGE FOR LATEST UPDATES.

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 MRG100 to take $100 off your team entry. Register here »

The RacesRivertown Races, NOW set for Aug. 1, 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, 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 MRG2020 for 10% off registration fees on all 3 races. Register here »

The RaceBrainy Day 5K/10K Trail Run, Aug. 15, 2020 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.

Fall

The Race: Holland Haven Marathon, Half Marathon and 8K on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020 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 only one day before registration opens. The 2K20 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 full marathon, half marathon and 8K runners earn a commemorative race medal.

The after party celebration for runners is at the downtown 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.

Holland Haven Marathon is proud to support Camp Geneva – Charity Partner 2K20.

The Discount: Use the code MRGHOLLAND12 to take $12 off your race entry.

Sign up here »

The Race: American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K & 5K on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020 on Belle Isle, Detroit. The American Home Fitness Women Run the D event is Detroit’s premier women’s running event, supporting various women’s charities. 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 American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K, & 5K is walker friendly!

The Discount: Use the code mrg2020wrd to take 10% off your race entry. Register here »

Reebok Ragnar Michigan Road Sept. 25-26, 2020 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 Road Michigan, happening on Sept. 25-26, 2020!

AS OF MARCH 25, 2020, ALL RAGNAR EVENTS BETWEEN JUNE AND DECEMBER 2020 WILL PROCEED AS SCHEDULED. THIS INCLUDES BOTH RAGNAR TRAIL MICHIGAN AND RAGNAR ROAD MICHIGAN. VISIT THIS RAGNAR PAGE FOR LATEST UPDATES.

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 MRG100 to take $100 off your team entry. Register here »

The Race: The Great Beerd Run, an untimed 5K at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa near Traverse City, Mich., is set for Saturday, Nov. 14. This fun run, which celebrates all things craft beer and beards, 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.

RETURNING FOR 2020! The Best Beard Competition will be sponsored by Detroit Grooming Co.! That’s right, our race includes prizes for the Best Natural Beard and Best Assisted Beard as well as for the fastest male and female runners.

Register here »

EXTRA BONUS: Did you know that Traverse City Beer Week takes place Nov. 13-20? Along with getting your run on, you can test your beverage IQ at the TC Ale Trail IPA Challenge or get out your coziest flannel and be ready for the Flapjack and Flannel Festival. These quirky events and others are all part of the seven days of craft beer during Traverse City Beer Week. Learn more here »

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Due to COVID-19, a number of events have either been postponed, rescheduled, or canceled. Please check directly with event websites and organizers to make sure any events or races you are planning to attend are still being held. Our Calendar has not yet been updated to reflect this trying time. Thank You and Stay Safe.