Top of Michigan Festival of Races
Stafford’s Top of Michigan Festival of Races: In years past, our feature event has been a marathon run from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs along the beautiful Little Traverse Bay and benefits the Top of Michigan Trails Council and Petoskey High School sports teams. However, with erosion issues threatening the safety of our trail and our runners, this year we are offering a scenic half marathon route traveling through the heart of Petoskey’s trails, ending in downtown Harbor Springs, a 10K that starts and ends in Harbor Springs with beautiful views of the lake and homes along the shore, and two 5K’s – each at either end of our trail that extends from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs
The half marathon will start in Petoskey’s Bayfront Park, highlighting the Bear River Trail in downtown Petoskey before jumping on the Wheelway towards Magnus Park, then passing back through Bayfront Park before running around the bay and into Harbor Springs.
The 10K run/walk starts at 8:30 am, in Harbor Springs, where it will also finish.
The Charlevoix 5K race will begin on Michigan Ave near West Dixon Ave at 8:00 am. Runners will run out and back. The Harbor Springs 5K will start at the race finish line in Zorn Park at 8:30 am.