Registration is OPEN for the 2019 Festival of Races! Click HERE to register!
This race festival was 30 years in the making. The Top of Michigan Trails Council spent 30 years building the Little Traverse Wheelway, a beautiful bike trail winding for 26 miles from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs along the pristine shoreline of Little Traverse Bay. In 2016 we decided to put the trail to good use as a venue for a marathon. Now in its fourth year, the event has grown to FIVE races: The marathon, half marathon, 10K and two 5K races.
The momentum is building, and we’re excited about this year’s festival scheduled for Saturday, May 25.
YOU WILL LOVE THIS RACE EVENT!
Online registration began on November 15 at 5:00 p.m. and will end at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. To be added to our race email list for race information and updates, send us an email.
2018 Photos can be viewed HERE
Stafford’s Top of Michigan Festival of Races: our feature event is a marathon run on A USATF CERTIFIED COURSE to benefit the Top of Michigan Trails Council and Petoskey High School sports teams. YES, this is a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon!
In addition to the Marathon, the event includes a Half Marathon, a 10K run/walk event, and two 5K run/walk events.
The marathon race will be run on a beautiful course made of asphalt that starts in Charlevoix (at 7:00 am), follows the coast line of Little Traverse Bay to Petoskey, and finishes in Harbor Springs. The trail is an excellent venue for runners stepping up to a marathon or seasoned runners looking for a fast time. The trail is relatively flat and perfect for getting a qualifying time for other races. There is a grassy half-mile section run on the bluff in Bay View (to avoid pedestrian traffic). Runners will enjoy many spectacular views of the Little Traverse Bay. The course veers from the Wheelway north of Petoskey to follow Beach Road east to Harbor Springs, which affords runners a more scenic route along the bay.
The half marathon is run on the same course after it begins in the village of Bay Harbor at 8:00 am. These runners will also finish in Harbor Springs.
The 10K run/walk starts at the Top of Michigan Trails Council’s Packy Offield Trail Center at 8:30 am, and also finishes in Harbor Springs.
The Charlevoix 5K race will begin at the Marathon start line on Michigan Ave near West Dixon Ave at 8:00 am. Runners will run out and back along the marathon course. The Harbor Springs 5K will start at the race finish line in Zorn Park at 8:30 am. Runners there will also run out and back along the marathon course to finish at the same spot.
FAQs can be found HERE.
2018 race results can be viewed HERE.
Results from the 2017 race can be viewed HERE.
Results from the 2016 race can be viewed HERE.