Sleeping Bear Marathon, Half Marathon & 5k

The Sleeping Bear Marathon, Half Marathon, & 5K

October 1, 2016

Join us for a scenic marathon, half marathon, and 5k run/walk in the heart of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. All races start and finish in Empire, MI. The out-and-back marathon course will take 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  and 5k will follow the same course as the marathon, with the half marathon turning around at the 6.5 mile mark, and the 5k turning around at 1.5 miles. At the peak of fall color season, the tree-lined course will be one that both runners and spectators won’t soon forget. See why Good Morning America calls this area one of the most beautiful in the United States.


Schedule of Events

(tentative pending final approvals)

Friday, September 30, 2016

5:00-7:00 p.m. Packet pick up – Lake Michigan Beach Park, (click here for map)

Saturday, October 1, 2016

All parking is located at Johnson Park (click here for map)

6:30-8:30 a.m. – Packet pick & late registration Lake Michigan Beach Park (click here for map)
7:30 a.m. – Marathon start at Lake Michigan Beach Park
8:30 a.m. – Half Marathon start at Lake Michigan Beach Park
8:40 a.m. – 5k Run / Walk start at Lake Michigan Beach Park
9:40 a.m. (approximate) – 5k award ceremony
11:00 a.m. (approximate) – Half Marathon award ceremony
12:00 p.m. (approximate) – Marathon award ceremony
1:30 p.m. – Course closes

*The time limit for the marathon will be 6 hours. The course will close for all races at 1:30 p.m.

Registration Fees

Frequently Asked Questions

USATF-certified marathon (26.2 miles, and a Boston qualifier), a USATF-certified half marathon (13.1 miles) run, and a 5k run/walk.

The race takes place on Saturday, October 1, 2016. The marathon will start at 7:30 a.m., the half marathon at 8:30 a.m., and the 5k at 8:40 a.m.

The race start and finish is in Empire, Michigan, about 24 miles (35 minute drive) west of downtown Traverse City, MI.

Prices are listed in the columns above. We never charge processing fees, so when we say $55, we mean it. You’ll notice that prices increase as the race date nears. We would LOVE for every athlete to register for the lowest possible price by registering as early as possible; increasing prices allow us to compensate for the cost of timing services, race shirts, and food without knowing exact participation.

Registration includes a race t-shirt, chip-timed results, post-race snacks, and the satisfaction of knowing you’re better than the lazy schlubs that didn’t wake up until 11 am on race day. Half marathon and marathon finishers will also receive a finisher’s medal. Your entry fee also covers the permit fees, medical and police support, volunteer swag and food, and various other expenses that come with putting hundreds of athletes on public roads.

Along with those tangible benefits, we believe that every Endurance Evolution race offers something more than the typical endurance event in the way of customer service and professionalism. You can read more about our philosophies and our policies on our About Us page.

There will be six aid stations on the marathon course. Aid stations are located approximately every two miles and each will have a portable toilet. Stations will be stocked with water and Gatorade, with Gu Energy Gel at select stations.  Here’s the complete rundown of the stations with approximate locations:

Half Marathon

Mile 1.7
Mile 3.9
Mile 5.7 (Gu Energy Gel)
Mile 7.2 (Gu Energy Gel)
Mile 9.0
Mile 11.2


Mile 1.7
Mile 3.9
Mile 5.7 (Gu Energy Gel)
Mile 7.7
Mile 9.6
Mile 11.5 (Gu Energy Gel)
Mile 14.4 (Gu Energy Gel)
Mile 16.3
Mile 18.2
Mile 20.1 (Gu Energy Gel)
Mile 22.0
Mile 24.2

The overall male and female winners of the marathon, half marathon, and 5k races receive an award plus free entry into next year’s race. The top three individuals in each age group also receive an award pint glass.

USA Track & Field Certified Courses MI12061SHMI12062SH (Boston Marathon Qualifier)