Join Bayshore Marathon, Half Marathon, & 10K
The marathon is an out a back course along the west shore of East Grand Traverse Bay. The course is flat, fast, and extremely scenic. All marathoners will receive a short sleeve tech running shirt with the Bayshore Marathon Logo . You will be given the opportunity to select a men’s or women’s shirt size when you register.
The Bayshore Marathon starts at 7:15 AM on the grounds of Northwestern Michigan College, then winds through one mile of residential neighborhoods. The majority of the race will follow the waterfront along the East Arm of Grand Traverse Bay including Birchwood Drive, East Shore Road, Center Road (M-37) and Bluff Road. The course is flat, 100% paved and shaded along much of the route. Expect a fast and scenic race with some of the most breathtaking views available on any marathon course.
The Bayshore course is certified by the USATF and is a Boston Qualifier.
Bayshore is a flat, out and back course that runs along the shores of Grand Traverse Bay. Throughout the race, you have the crystal blue waters of Lake Michigan on one side and Traverse City’s famous cherry trees and orchards on the other. The course begins on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College. On your return trip you return to the Start Line, and then step onto a track for the final quarter mile inside the stadium. The only ‘rise’ on the course falls between the 18 and 19 mile markers. The Half Marathon course starts near the turn around point of the Marathon course and follows the same route as the marathon back to the finish line. The 10K course is just like the marathon course except that it turns around at 3 miles instead of 13 miles.
Aid stations are located every 1.5 miles (with the exception of Center Road.) Water and Gatorade (Lemon-Lime) are available at all aid stations. GU is available at the 3.6 (return only) and 10.9 aid stations. Oranges are available at 6.7 and 12.9 aid stations.
The finish line will close at 1:15PM. Anyone finishing after this time (6 hours for the Marathon) may not receive an official finish time. Center Road reopens at 1:00 PM. Center Road is at mile 20 1/2 to 22 on the Marathon return.
This year's Bayshore events will be timed with state of the art RFID timing using UHF tags that are attached to your race numbers. You don't need to know anything about the technology of how this system will capture your time from start line to finish line (If you do you can read about it at rftiming.com) but you will need to be sure you pin your race number on the FRONT of your shirt or singlet so that the system can read your tag, starting your time as you cross the actual starting line and stopping it as you cross the finish line.
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