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Charlevoix Marathon

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Datum 19 Jun 2021

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The Charlevoix Marathon has been named as one of the top running events in the US by Serious Running Magazine.

The breezy, shaded trails, pathways and roads of the town of Charlevoix on Lake Michigan are the setting for the Red Rock Company’s Run Charlevoix Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and 5K, a race event that features some of Lake Michigan’s most breathtaking scenery during one of the times of the year when it offers some of its best weather conditions.

From the starting line in downtown Charlevoix, the out-and-back course runs through downtown and out to the beachfront on the lake, with half of the 13.1-mile course taking place on cool, wooded bicycle trails along Highway 31. The race courses for both the full marathon and the half marathon are certified by USA Track & Field.

n addition to its scenery, the Marathon is a Boston qualifying race. The Marathon and Half Marathon courses are certified and insured by USATF!

To insure the safety of our athletes, the Charlevoix City Police, Charlevoix Sheriff’s Department, Charlevoix Chamber and Emmett County Sheriff’s Departments are very helpful, supportive and want you to enjoy a safe and enjoyable race.

While you’re in town, enjoy some of its sights like nearby Horton Bay (where author Ernest Hemingway grew up), Beaver Island and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore.



  • 42,195km


  • 5km

10 km

  • 10km

Half Marathon

  • 21,097km

downtown Charlevoix





All Charlevoix Marathon events start and end in beautiful downtown Charlevoix, Michigan. Charlevoix is perched on an isthmus between Lake Michigan and Round Lake and is a northern Michigan community known as “Charlevoix the Beautiful” spreading out onto the shores of Lake Charlevoix. Nothing beats Charlevoix in terms of natural beauty; it has the look and feel of an 18th Century resort community. With this said, the staging area for Charlevoix is the beautiful downtown area of Charlevoix on Michigan Ave. and W. Dixon, one—half block north of the drawbridge. All courses will take you through fantastic residential tree lined neighborhoods. The Marathon course has a few inclines and a hill at about the 7 mile marker. You can expect a very scenic race with some of the most breathtaking views available on any course. The Marathon and Half Marathon participants will run onto the bike trail.


The starting and finish lines lie at Charlevoix’s famous draw bridge downtown, at the corner of Bridge Street and Pine River Lane. After the race start, the course then proceeds in a mostly northward and eastward direction from downtown, taking runners out for long stretches along the Lake Michigan beaches and along what locals describe as “knee-friendly” wooden bridges for nearly a third of the course. Once you’ve run out among the sunshine and winds of the lakeshore, the course then turns back inward towards town along Old Orchard and Waller Road, passing Charlevoix Country Club and meeting the bike trail at the intersection with Highway 31. Runners in both the half and full marathons run for the next 3 miles along the bike trail, reversing at the turnaround point near the beach.

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