Overall Rating
Overall Rating (3 Reviews)
4
(3 Ratings)(3 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
4
SCENERY
4.7
PRODUCTION
3
SWAG
3
Join us for the scenic Sleeping Bear Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K 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 … MORE
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    JoyceS FIRST-TIMER '18

    Most of this race is on smooth paved trail through forest and a delightful experience. Weather is highly variable this time of year so be prepared. All the basics were … MORE

    Most of this race is on smooth paved trail through forest and a delightful experience. Weather is highly variable this time of year so be prepared. All the basics were in place but don’t expect frills. Cold bits of bagel, cut up bananas, and a cold beer made up the offerings after a long cold wet run. I would love to do this again just for the pleasure of a paved run through these woods. Loved it.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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    jllarsen FIRST-TIMER '17

    A super hilly out and back course on the heritage trail up in Empire, MI. Very pretty but if you get bored of just trees and wood scenery then this … MORE

    A super hilly out and back course on the heritage trail up in Empire, MI. Very pretty but if you get bored of just trees and wood scenery then this may not be for you. Unfortunately it rained and was 20 mph winds the entire race, but still able to appreciate the fall colors. The shirt was nice and they give you a cosi too but the expo is SUPER small, literally just a tent with check in and one rack of sweatshirts and cups you can buy. If you’re looking for a challenging course in the fall that shows off Michigan’s best fall colors, this is a good choice. If you choose your race based on swag and weather, look elsewhere.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    1
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    2

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    Lorelei FIRST-TIMER '15

    I love Empire MI and I love the heritage trail. Glen Arbor is a quaint town. The sand dunes of Sleeping Bear are breath-taking. This race was on a paved … MORE

    I love Empire MI and I love the heritage trail. Glen Arbor is a quaint town. The sand dunes of Sleeping Bear are breath-taking.

    This race was on a paved trail through the picturesque woods and past the rolling sand dunes. There were some challenging hills – signs posted for 10% and 11% grades plus others – which I loved. This was a fun race and one that everyone should do. The crowds were not intense. Everything felt rather laid back. The expo was small but good. For me, this was a weekend getaway race with girlfriends – and it was perfect for just such an event.

    Don’t neglect to make a special trip to Moomer’s Ice Cream to celebrate.

    The medals arrived late and had to be mailed to us. We were disappointed in the lack of communication from the race officials. We were left to wonder if there were medals at all and, if so, when and how would we receive them. A simple sign at the end stating that there was a delay in receiving the medals and that they would be mailed to us would have sufficed. Instead, we had to ask around until we could get an answer. That was my only complaint, and I am sure this is NOT a common occurrence. I only mention it here hoping that the race organizers will see this hone their communication skills. We did get the medals very soon after the race and they were beautiful. The tech shirts were really nice, too.

    Instead of renting a hotel room, I would strongly recommend renting a house nearby. We were a 5-minute walk to the event. The accommodations were spacious and beautiful.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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