Celebrate two holidays in Northern Michigan with some cardio! The first up is the 6th annual Zombie Run 5K on Saturday, October 25. The second is the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 27.

Zombie Run 5K at Right Brain Brewery in Traverse City, Saturday, October 25 at 9 am

The Zombie Run has become a Traverse City Halloween tradition. What’s not to like? Zombies and beer have always been a winning combination.

Over the years we have seen zombies from all walks of life, or should I say death. There have been Elvis zombies, beauty pageant zombies, and even the Village People zombies. Who will show up this year? The only thing we never saw was someone not having a good time! Right Brain Brewery will host the Zombie Run once again this year. The run wouldn’t be the same without our friends at the Brain, get it?

Stick around after the race for the medal ceremony and best costumes prizes. We may have a few other surprises as well. Plus the beer will be flowing, who says you can’t drink before noon? Besides, you’re already dead anyway!

For more information and to register click here


Turkey Trot in Traverse City, Thanksgiving Thursday, November 27 at 9 am

Before you sit down to a splendid Thanksgiving feast burn some calories at the 7th Annual Traverse City Turkey Trot 5K run/walk & bonus 5 mile race! On Thursday, November 27, participants will gather at 9 am at Thirlby Field located between 13th and 14th Street in Traverse City. Both the 5K and 5 miles race routes take participants through downtown Traverse City, before finishing back at Thirlby Field. Registrants will receive a long-sleeved shirt and fabulous swag bag courtesy of Up North Media. Runners and walkers will also enjoy fun entertainment along the way including many local residents cheering on participants.

This is a family-friendly event with special rates available for students 18 and under.

Toddlers in strollers are welcome to participate for free. Runners with dogs on leashes can participate, and will be rerouted at the start and finish line areas.


(participants guarantee getting an event shirt by registering before November 15)

  • Adults (19 & older): $35 for the 5K and the 5 miles,
  • Youths (18 & under): $15

Early bird registration ends at midnight on November 5, 2014 and rates will increase to $40 and $20 respectively.

Packet pick up will be held on the north side of Thirby Field on Wednesday, November 26 from 5-8 pm with food and LEAP Under the Lights activities. Participants may also pick up their packets on race day from 7-8:30 am.

Awards will be given to the top overall male and female finishers, as well as the top age group finishers for males and females. All results will be posted at the event as well as on the event website.

Event proceeds benefit Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS), TART Trails, and TRED North. As always, canned good donations will be accepted at the event to benefit the TCAPS and St. Francis food pantries.

The Turkey Trot is a great way to kick-off your holiday weekend with your family and friends while also making a valuable contribution to your local community.

To register & more information, visit their website.


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Photo(s) by UpNorth Media