Stafford’s Top of Michigan Festival of Races
Half Marathon, 10K, 5K

Back in the 80’s The Little Traverse Wheelway was just a dream, but now it is a beautiful paved trail that winds from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs along the pristine shoreline of Little Traverse Bay. It is a perfect haven to strap on your shoes and head out for a run, which is why we are happy to announce the Top of Michigan Festival of Races! This year’s festival will include a Half Marathon, 10K and two 5Ks!

We are happy to announce we are working on hosting a race on Saturday, May 29, 2021. Thank you to our title sponsor, Stafford’s Hospitality for helping make it happen! However, due to washouts along the Little Traverse Wheelway, and no official detour, we are unable to host a full marathon in 2021. Stay tuned for it to come back in the future.


Registration has closed. – you can view the RESULTS here.


2021 FAQ


May 14, 2021 Email to registered runners – Great info about the race!



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.

The Top of Michigan Marathon Benefits:

  • Top of Michigan Trails Council–Planning, advocacy, and maintenance of trails in Northern Michigan
  • Petoskey High School Cross Country, Track and Soccer teams

Race and Volunteer Contacts

Top of Michigan Trails Council

Becca Nelson, Race Director
231.348.8280 |