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Glen Arbor Solstice Half Marathon & 5K

Quick facts

Distance Half marathon

About Glen Arbor Solstice Half Marathon & 5K

Join us for a scenic half marathon and 5k running race in Glen Arbor, Michigan. The USATF-certified half marathon will take runners around Big Glen Lake in a clockwise loop, starting and finishing near downtown Glen Arbor. Runners ascend Inspiration Point on the south side of Big Glen Lake where they will experience one of the most spectacular views of Leelanau County. The 5k course is flat and fast, and will take runners through tree-lined roads near downtown Glen Arbor.


5k Run/Walk

  • 4.988954km

Half Marathon

  • 21.082354km


Aid Stations

There are 6 aid stations on the half marathon course, roughly every two miles. We’ll have water, Gatorade, and a portable toilet at all aid stations. Select aid stations on the half marathon course will have Gu Energy Gel.

Award Medals

All finishers in the half marathon receive a finisher medal. 5K finishers will get a high five from our crew at the finish, but we don’t have finisher medals for the 5K. The following age groups apply for 5K and half marathon runs: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85 and older. There is not a separate division for walkers. Our age group awards are typically a custom event pint glass.

Maximum Time

The half marathon course will be open until 11:00 p.m., which is a 4 hour limit. We don’t currently offer an early start option for any of the distances.


There will be food such as bananas, bagels, pretzels, and similar items at the finish line.

Glen Arbor Solstice Half Marathon & 5K Route Map

Glen Arbor Solstice Half Marathon & 5K Route Map


Downtown Glen Arbor, at the intersection of South Lake Street and Lakewood Drive.

Glen Arbor,us


The race is set to take the field on an out-and-back course that starts and finishes near downtown Glen Arbor, at the intersection of South Lake Street and Lakewood Drive.

From there, the course heads southeast and starts a clockwise loop around the lake — with a brief curve around Fisher Lake — that features almost all fast and flat terrain, with the exception of a pair of hills, the first as runners are approaching the mile 3 marker, and the second on the part of the course known as Inspiration Point, between miles 8 and 9.

This stretch is the one that offers perhaps the best views of any spot on the race route, note the race organizers at Michigan-based Endurance Evolution, which hosts this race in addition to triathlons in nearby Traverse City and Lansing throughout the year.

Wide-angle views from atop the hill at the point show off the lake’s clear blue water and visitors can take in the view from the platform here on Michigan’s scenic Highway 22.

As they’re making their way along the final three miles of the half marathon route, runners will also cross a bridge on South Glen Lake Road, along the dam that divides Big and Little Glen Lakes, in the area known as the Narrows. From there, the course is almost all flat on the way back in to the race finish line near Glen Arbor.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.