Sleeping Bear Marathon, Half Marathon, & 5K
October 6, 2018
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.
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Schedule of Events
Friday, October 5, 2018
5:00-7:00 p.m. Packet pick up – Lake Michigan Beach Park, (click here for map)
Saturday, October 6, 2018
**All race day 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.
Results & Records
Marathon Course Records
Men: Zachary Morgan – 2:48:11 (2015)
Women: Karen Vis – 3:15:07 (2015)
Half Marathon Course Records
Men: James Sommerville – 1:16:56 (2015)
Women: Jill Roberts – 1:28:48 (2016)
5K Course Records
Men: Ryan Morley – 19:11 (2015)
Women: Heidi Brouwer – 22:13 (2016)
Frequently Asked Questions
Mile 6.4 (Gu Energy Gel)
Mile 6.6 (Gu Energy Gel)
Mile 5.4 (Gu Energy Gel)
Mile 12.2 (Gu Energy Gel)
Mile 13.4 (Gu Energy Gel)
Mile 19.8 (Gu Energy Gel)
The course closes for all races at 1:30 .m., which is a 6 hour limit for the marathon, and 5 hour limit for the half marathon. Athletes that are on course past the closure times may be pulled from the course. We don’t currently offer an early start option for any of the distances.
The 5K is open to all ages.
Please be aware that all the roads are open to traffic, and in some places the shoulder of the road, where you will be running, is a bit narrow.
We want all participants to be safe and enjoy the race, which is which we ask for those with strollers to start at the back and use extra caution.
We review this policy each year, and it may change from one year to the next.