Nestled in the heart of the picturesque Leelanau County, Glen Arbor is the perfect home base for road race lovers participating in the area’s many running events. From marathons to cycling races, Glen Arbor offers a range of options for both seasoned athletes and casual runners. Below, read about the most popular road races near Glen Arbor, as well as some non-racing things

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Road Races Near Glen Arbor, Michigan

Bayshore Marathon:

The Bayshore Marathon is one of the most iconic road races in nearby Traverse City. Held annually on Memorial Day weekend, this race attracts runners from around the country. Participants have the opportunity to traverse a scenic route along the shores of Lake Michigan, surrounded by the region’s breathtaking natural beauty.

M22 Challenge:

For those seeking a multisport challenge, the M22 Challenge is the perfect event. Combining running, paddling, and cycling, this race showcases the diverse terrain of Nothern Michigan. Participants navigate through forests, conquer hilly trails, and paddle across crystal-clear lakes, making for an unforgettable and exhilarating experience.

Ironman 70.3 Michigan:

The Ironman 70.3 Michigan, a renowned triathlon event. Athletes from all over the world gather here to push their limits in swimming, cycling, and running. With its challenging course and stunning surroundings, this race offers a truly memorable experience for both participants and spectators.

Running Bear Run:

The Running Bear Run is a beloved local race that celebrates the spirit of community. Choose from a 5K Run/Walk or a 1/2 Mile Kid’s Run begins. This event not only promotes fitness but also supports scholarships for Glen Arbor high school seniors as well as local charities, making it a meaningful and rewarding experience for all involved.

Sleeping Bear Marathon:

The Sleeping Bear Marathon takes runners on a journey through the picturesque Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This race offers a unique opportunity to explore the stunning sand dunes, dense forests, and pristine beaches that make this area so special. With its challenging course and breathtaking views, the Sleeping Bear Marathon is a must-do for any avid runner. Marathon, half marathon, and 5K run/walk.

Cherry Roubaix Gran Fondo:

Cyclists will love Cherry Roubaix Gran Fondo. This cycling race combines the thrill of racing with the beauty of Northern Michigan’s cherry orchards and vineyards. Participants can choose from various distances, catering to both experienced riders and novice cyclists.

Leelanau Harvest Tour:

Pedal through scenic Leelanau County at the Leelanau Harvest Tour. A biking adventure for both families and single riders, this cycling event takes place in the fall just as the leaves start to turn. Routes are approximately 20, 40, 64, and 100 miles long with rides by farms, orchards, vineyards, and dunes.


Non-Racing Activities:

While road races are a highlight of Leelanau County’s athletic scene, the area also boasts a number of non-racing activities and attractions, including hiking trails and nature preserves. Here are a few recommendations:

Mellow Heritage Trail: Take a leisurely stroll or bike ride along the Mellow Heritage Trail, a scenic path that winds through the charming countryside.

Tart Trail: Explore the Tart Trail, a 10.5-mile paved trail that runs along the southern-most tip of Grand Traverse Bay. This trail is perfect for walkers, runners, and cyclists, offering stunning views of the surrounding landscapes.

Palmer Woods: Palmer woods is a nature preserve located just outside Glen Arbor. With its well-maintained trails and a diverse assortment of wildlife, this area provides a peaceful retreat for nature lovers.

45 North Vineyard Trail: 45 North Vineyard Trail is a 3-mile, all seasons, recreational trail through a vineyard. Explore on skis, by bike, or on foot.

Leelanau State Park Bike Trails: This park offers a network of bike trails that wind through forests, meadows, and along the stunning coastline, providing a beautifully scenic ride.


Leelanau County is a haven for road racers and lovers of the outdoors. With a breathtaking natural landscape and a variety of road races, the area offers an unforgettable experience for athletes of all levels. Whether you’re conquering the Bayshore Marathon, exploring the beauty of the Tart Trail, or enjoying a leisurely bike ride, Leelanau County is the perfect destination for an active and memorable adventure.

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