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

Saturday, May 23, 2020


Online registration opens 8:00 a.m. EST on December 10th, 2019

Half Marathon –
8:00 am

(Petoskey to Harbor Springs)

10K Run / Walk – 8:30 am
(Harbor Springs)

 Two 5K Run / Walk events –
Charlevoix – 8:00 am
Harbor Springs – 8:30 am

Video from 2016 Race

Community Marathon Trails Council Petoskey Michigan

Many thanks to our
2019 race sponsors!

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!

This year’s festival scheduled for Saturday, May 23, 2020.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to concerns about COVID-19, registration for this year’s race festival has been deactivated for now. Please check back at this site for updates, or check our social media sites. Thank you for your patience. 

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: In years past, our feature event has been 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. However, with erosion issues threatening the safety of our trail and our runners, this year we are offering a scenic half marathon route traveling through the heart of Petoskey’s trails, ending in downtown Harbor Springs, a 10K that starts and ends in Harbor Springs with beautiful views of the lake and homes along the shore, and two 5K’s – each at either end of our trail that extends from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs

The half marathon will start in Petoskey’s Bayfront Park, highlighting the Bear River Trail in downtown Petoskey before jumping on the Wheelway towards Magnus Park, then passing back through Bayfront Park before running around the bay and into 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 on Michigan Ave near West Dixon Ave at 8:00 am. Runners will run out and back. The Harbor Springs 5K will start at the race finish line in Zorn Park at 8:30 am.

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.

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 |