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Sign up for a scenic marathon or half marathon in the heart of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Both races start and finish in Empire.
The out-and-back marathon course takes 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 follows the same course as the marathon, turning around at the 6.5 mile mark.
Marathon starts at 7:30am, half marathon at 8:30am. The marathon is a USATF Certified Marathon and a Boston Marathon Qualifier. The half marathon is also a USATF certified half marathon.
Cost: July 1-Oct. 1 $96/$76; Oct. 1 thru race $98/$78. Registration includes a race t-shirt, chip-timed results, post-race food and drink. Marathon and half marathon finishers also receive a finisher’s medal.
The overall male and female winners of the marathon and half marathon races receive an award plus free entry into next year’s race. The top three individuals in each age group also receive an award.
Empire is along the shores of Lake Michigan where M-22 intersects with M-72, about 45 minutes from Traverse City.