Back in the 80’s Tthe Little Traverse Wheelway was just a dream, but now it is a beautiful paved trail that winds for 26 miles from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs along the pristine shoreline of Little Traverse Bay. The Trails Council has chosen to put the trail to good use as a race venue! Now in its fifth year, we are happy to present FIVE races: The marathon, half marathon, 10K and two 5K races.
This year’s festival scheduled for Saturday, May 23, 2020.
Registration opens December 10th, 2019.
Online registration begins on December 10, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. and will end at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 21, 2020. To be added to our race email list for race information and updates, send us an email.
Stafford’s Top of Michigan Festival of Races: our feature event is a marathon run from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs along the beautiful Little Traverse Bay and benefits the Top of Michigan Trails Council and Petoskey High School sports teams.
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 8:30 am, in Harbor Springs, where it will also finish.
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.
2019 photos can be viewed HERE.
2018 photos can be viewed HERE
Results from the 2019 race can be viewed HERE.
Results from the 2018 race can be viewed HERE.
Results from the 2017 race can be viewed HERE.
Results from the 2016 race can be viewed HERE.