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As of July 21, we're still planning on an in-person race. All participants do have the option, however, to transfer to the virtual race option, and run anytime they want between now and race day. Contact us via the form at the bottom of the page to learn more.
Join us for a scenic marathon, half marathon, and 5K run/walk in the heart of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. All races start and finish in Empire, MI. The out-and-back marathon course will take runners by the “Dune Climb”, past Little Glen Lake, and through the village of Glen Arbor with breathtaking views of the Manitou Islands and Sleeping Bear Dunes along the way. The half marathon and 5k will follow the same course as the marathon, with the half marathon turning around at the 6.5 mile mark, and the 5k turning around at 1.5 miles. At the peak of fall color season, the tree-lined course will be one that both runners and spectators won’t soon forget. See why Good Morning America calls this area one of the most beautiful in the United States.
Can't make it to join us on race day, but still want to be a part of the event? We've added a new virtual race option for you. Wanna run on a Tuesday at noon? No problem. Weather outlook looking better for Friday evening? Go run! Run the race course any time you want in the two weeks leading up to the event and submit your time to be entered in the official virtual results. The best part is that you still get to come join the post race fun on race day! You're invited to come cheer on other runners and celebrate your finish with everyone on race morning. If you join us on race day you can pick up your shirt and finisher medal there, otherwise we'll mail those out to you after the race. This is a great way to be a part of the race and make it fit with your schedule.
Live Phone Tracking, GPS Progress Alerts and Cheers!
We are providing you with RaceJoy as part of the official race experience for the Sleeping Bear Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K.
Download the RaceJoy mobile app in advance to ensure proper phone setup. Invite your friends and family to track you and send you cheers!
Some key RaceJoy features include:
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.Questions?