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Annual Fun Runs, 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, & Marathon Events in West Michigan

West Michigan is an ideal location for runs and races. Right along the shores of Lake Michigan, Ludington features many beautiful roads beside the lake, through downtown Ludington, and on the way out to the State Park along the sand dunes. There are races in Ludington’s surrounding areas, as well, featuring more lakefront views and rural settings. Below, you will find dates and information for more annual fun runs and races in Ludington and the surrounding areas.

Here's a list of races held in West Michigan, in calendar order:

Michigan Adventure Race: The Dragon Edition at Camp Harvest in Croton/Hardy

May 20th, 2023

Experience classic northern Michigan terrain while you trek, orienteer, paddle and bike in and around the majestic Manistee National Forest. Navigate through some of the best orienteering land in the Midwest with great “curvy” terrain, multiple route options, lots of forest, and super-detailed LIDAR maps. Paddle a gorgeous water section that while not difficult, will reward teams that read the map well. Bike under a forested canopy on mostly gravel roads and two-tracks, rugged in spots but blistering fast in other sections. Celebrate after the race with a full banquet dinner, awards and raffle.

Registration opens in October of 2022. Visit for more info.

Harbor Run 5k/10k

May 20th, 2023

Part of the #RunLudington series, this 5k/10k will celebrate National Maritime Day and the start of the S.S. Badger Carferry’s sailing season. The race starts near Waterfront Park at 9am on the corner of Filer St. & Robert St. The course is a 1.55 mile loop, so 5k runners will run two laps and 10k runners will run 4 laps. The course can be viewed here: Packet pickup will be from 7:30-8:30am on race day, under the pavilion at Waterfront Park near William & Filer. Race registration is $30 and includes a 3.5″ custom die-cast finishers medal and a tri-blend race tee. There is also a virtual option available.

To register, visit *Race day registration is credit card only and runners must use the contactless checkout system.

Ludington Lakestride 5k, 10k, and Half Marathon

June 10th, 2023

Since 1980, Ludington has been the host for the well known Ludington Lakestride 5K, 10K & Half Marathon. The weekend begins with a one-mile fun run on Friday evening at 6pm. Saturday’s Lakestride is actually three races: the 5K run which winds its way through Cartier Park, the 10K which runs out to Decker Road and back, and the Half-Marathon.

Runners take on the Ludington Lakestride. | Photo by Todd & Brad Reed Photography.

Flea Roast 5k

June 25th, 2023

The Irons Flea Roast & Ox Market 5k starts and finishes at Skinner Park- 5074 W. 10 1/2 Mile Rd. in Irons. Check in time is 8am and the race begins at 9am. Early registration is $20 per person or $15 per person for a group of 4 or more. For late registration, cost is $25 per person, no group rate. T-shirts are guaranteed to all pre-registrants and race metals will be awarded to the top 3 male and female finishers in each age bracket. 

To register, visit

Stony Lake Sparkler 5k

July 4th, 2023

The Stony Lake Sparkler 5k benefits the Crystal Valley Care Fund. The 5k race begins at 8am at Stony Lake Inn- 4722 Scenic Dr. in Stony Lake, and also includes a 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk which begins at 8am. All 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk participants will receive an award and there will also be special awards given to Largest Family and Best Spirit Costume. The 1 Mile Fun Run begins at 8am with the timed 5k kicking off at 8:30am.

Registration are generally $25 for the 5k, $15 for the 1 Mile Fun Run, and $70 for a family of up to 2 adults and 4 kids living in the same household. T-shirts are guaranteed for those who register early. Late registration cost is usually $35 for the 5k, $25 for the 1 Mile Fun Run, and $90 for a family. There is a post-race party at Stony Lake Inn which includes fun, food, and music.

For more information, visit

Freedom Festival 1-Mile Dash

July 4th, 2023 (Tentative)

This is a 1-Mile Fun Run where runners are invited to run the Ludington Area Jaycees Freedom Festival Grand Parade route prior to the parade step off to help raise money for the evenings fireworks. The annual fireworks display is funded 100% by donations.

Entry is $25 prior to June 24th. Late entry online and on race day is $30. Entry includes a t-shirt and a finisher’s medal. Prizes will be awarded to top male and female runners. Shirts are only guaranteed to those who register prior to June 24th. Remaining shirts will be available first come/first serve at packet pickup/registration on race day. Packet pickup and race day registration will take place at Leveaux Park from 11:30-12:30pm. Make checks out to Ludington Area Jaycees.

WSCC Muddy Fox Trot

July, 2023

West Shore Community College hosts a Muddy Fox Trot, a family-friendly 5k mud run with a boot camp style obstacle course. The race begins at 10am and benefits the WSCC Foundation student scholarship fund. Registration for adults is $20 and includes lunch. Register early and receive a free t-shirt. Current WSCC students with a valid student ID will be able to enter the race for free, as well as anyone 16 years or younger. The course challenges runners of all levels. All participants will receive a free t-shirt and complimentary lunch. A food concession will also be available to spectators. 

Register at

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COVE Benefit 5k/10k Beach Run/Walk & 1 Mile Fun Run

August 5th, 2023

Pentwater’s Charles Mears State Park hosts a 5K and 10K beach walk/run beginning at 8:30am to benefit COVE each summer. The course covers paved, sand, and beach surfaces. The mission of COVE (Communities Overcoming Violent Encounters) is to provide shelter, advocacy and protection to victims of domestic and sexual violence and other homeless women and children, and to educate our communities about the root causes of violence.

Registration is $25 for early registration and $30 for late registration. This race is also offered virtually where participants choose a favorite place to complete the 5K Run/Walk or 10K Run/Walk. Registration for the virtual run is $25, which includes a custom T-shirt and a finishing certificate. Check-In and Registration begins at 7am with the race starting at 8:30 am. There are awards and prizes in many divisions and all participants will receive a finishers medal. 

To register, visit For more information, contact Lynn Cavazos at (231) 869-5939 or

Run the Pier 5k

August 12th-13th, 2023

Run the Pier in Manistee at 7:30pm to help support local organizations. Proceeds will benefit local charities. The race begins and ends at Duffy Park- 250 Duffy Park Dr., Manistee. Packet pick up and late registration is at 6pm on race day at North Channel Brewing Co.- 86 Washington St., Manistee.

Register by visiting

Ludington Lighthouse Triathlon

August 13th, 2023

The annual Ludington Lighthouse Triathlon happens each August in downtown Ludington, where the Avenue ends right at the beach. The event begins at 7:30am and includes biking, kayaking, and running and participants can choose from 6 different race combinations.

For more information, visit

Dune Dash 4-Mile Walk

August, 2023

This beautiful scenic run starts and finishes at the base of the Dune Climb at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Runners race on the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail and experience the beautiful forests and rolling dunes, turning around at historic Glen Haven. The race is generally held in mid August with a cost of $25 for adults 18 and up, $15 for teens 13-17, and $15 for children 12 and under. Prices go up by $5 after a certain date. Late registration will take place during packet pick up at The Filling Station Microbrewery- 642 Railroad Place, Traverse City. There is no day of registration. The Sleeping Bear Dunes charge an entrance fee of $15 per vehicle if you do not already possess a park pass.

For more information or to register, visit

Salmon Run 5k & 10k Run/Walk

September, 2023

This event is held annually to benefit the Food Pantry at St. Ann’s Senior Center in Baldwin. The race features a 5k and 10k through spectacular Michigan forests. The 5k is mostly along flat, paved surfaces with one large hill. The 10k is for serious distance runners and will go along unpaved trails in hilly wooded forest.

Early registration is generally $25 and $30 for late registrants. All registrants receive a t-shirt, while supplies last. 

Stout Stumble 5k Walk/Run

October 14th, 2023

As part of Pentwater’s annual Oktoberfest celebration, weave through the village of Pentwater at your own pace. Check-in is at 9am and the race begins at 10am. There will be a beer and a celebration at the finish line. All skills and ages welcome.

For more information or to register, visit

Run for Your Lives 5k/10k Run

October 28th, 2023

This annual 5k/10k Run begins at 9am at Legacy Plaza– Corner of Court St. and James St. in downtown Ludington. Participants are encouraged to dress in costume. Packet pickup and late registration is from 7:30-8:45am on race day. 

To register, visit *Race day registration is credit card only and runners must use the contactless checkout system.

Pumpkin Pie Promenade Fun Run

November, 2023

Due to the cancellation of the annual Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital Turkey Trot, this informal race has been created. Meet in the parking lot at Rath Ave. & Bryant Rd. at 8am, and take off to make 3 laps around the Cartier Park Loop for a 5k. Feel free to dress up, bring pets and kids, and walk or run Thanksgiving morning. This is just a fun run, so no medals or ribbons will be awarded.

New Year's Resolution 5k Run

January 1st, 2024 (Tentative)

Presented by Downtown Ludington, this race begins at 11am and runs from Loomis Street to James Street in downtown Ludington. Registration typically includes a custom medal, and a tri-blend race tee. Packet pickup and late registration is from 10-10:45am on race day.

For updated information and to register, visit

Michigan Adventure Race: Winter Edition at Camp Roger in Rockford

January, 2024

Teams race together to find as many checkpoints as possible via trail and off-trail running (3-6 miles), Amazing Race-style challenges, beginner to intermediate orienteering with a topographic map and compass (free clinic and online instruction provided), and snowshoeing (snow permitting, snowshoes provided). Race can be up to three hours in length. 

For more information or to register, visit

White Pine Stampede 40k, 20k, 10k Point-to-Point Cross Country Ski Race

February, 2024

This cross country race event begins at Mancelona High School- 9300 W. Limits Rd., Mancelona, winds through Northwest Michigan, and ends at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire, Michigan. A portion of proceeds benefit the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation and the Jack McKaig Social Justice Scholarship. 

For more information or to register, visit

Snowman Scram 1 Mile Fun Run & 5k

February, 2024

The race begins and ends in front of Pentwater School- 600 Park St. with the 1 Mile Fun Run kicking off at noon and the 5k to follow. Pre-registration (by January 31st) is $15 for the fun run and $25 for the 5k with proceeds benefiting the Pentwater Cross Country and Track Teams. 

Register by visiting

Irish Jig Fun Run/5k/10k

March, 2024

This RunLudington event begins at 9am and includes a 5k and 10k beginning and ending at Legacy Plaza in downtown Ludington. Registration is $30 in advance or $35 on race day and finishers will receive a custom medal.

For more information, visit

Stay tuned for the most updated information on upcoming races in West Michigan!

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