West Michigan is a Runner's Paradise with Lots of Races to Choose From

West Michigan is an ideal location for runs and races. Right along the shores of Lake Michigan, Ludington features many beautiful roads beside the lake, through downtown Ludington, and on the way out to the State Park along the sand dunes. There are races in Ludington's surrounding areas, as well, featuring more lakefront views and rural settings. Below, you will find dates and information for more annual fun runs and races in Ludington and the surrounding areas.

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Turkey Trot 5k

November 22

Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital and Win with Wellness sponsor the annual race which takes place at 8am on Thanksgiving morning. The 5k fun run/walk starts at the Cartier Park parking lot at the corner of Rath and Bryant in Ludington. There is no charge to participate and all ages and fitness levels are welcome to attend. Festive attire is encouraged! Fit Club students will earn miles toward the 100 Mile Challenge for participating in the Turkey Trot.


New Year's Resolution 5k Run

January 1st, 2019

Presented by Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital's Win With Wellness Program, this race takes place at 11am in downtown Ludington each New Year's Day. Cost to run is $25 and very finisher receives a custom 3.5" die cast metal. Students who participate in the Win With Wellness Program run free.

Snowman Scram 1 Mile Fun Run & 5k


The race begins and ends in front of Pentwater School- 600 Park St. with the 1 Mile Fun Run kicking off at noon and the 5k to follow. Pre-registration (by January 31st) is $15 for the fun run and $25 for the 5k with proceeds benefitting the Pentwater Cross Country and Track Teams. Pre-registrants will receive a race t-shirt. On-site registration begins at 10am the day of the race but no t-shirt will be guaranteed. All pre-registrants will receive a t-shirt and finishers medals will be awarded to all 1 mile fun-run participants (only guaranteed to pre-registrants). Medals will be awarded for the 5k to the 1st and 2nd place runners in the following age categories: 0-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60+. Hot chocolate, post race snacks, crafts for kids and entertainment will be provided indoors after the race.

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Irish Jig Fun Run/5k/10k


This RunLudington event includes a 1-Mile Fun Run starting at 9am, 10k at 9:10am, and 5k at 9:15am. The route and location is yet to be determined and cost is $25 for the 5k and 10k, with the Fun Run being free. Finishers will receive a custom medal.

Amazing Grace Race


The Annual Amazing Grace Race to benefit Covenant Christian and Ludington Area Catholic Schools is held in May near the Hamlin Dam at Ludington State Park. The event includes a free, one-mile fun run for kids only and a 5k open to anyone. Admission for the 5k is $25 per runner and there are prizes for the top five finishers for men and women. Hot dogs, chips, and water will be available for purchase. Pre-registration is required for all 5k runners as well as one-mile fun run participants. Please contact the Covenant Christian School office at ccsoffice@ccs-ludington.org with any questions.

Hospital Hustle 5k & 1 Mile Fun Run


Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital hosts this annual event. The 2017 race starts at 10 am, and begins and ends at the hospital's south parking lot, 1 Atkinson Dr., Ludington. A free will donation will be accepted from participants and all proceeds benefit the Family Birthing Center at the hospital.

Visit spectrumhealth.org for more information.

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Michigan Adventure Race: Epic Edition


The Epic Edition joins the list of races held in the Ludington area. Held at the Ludington State Park, the Epic Edition can be a six or twelve-hour experience of fun and challenging trekking, orienteering, paddling, and biking in an event that is billed as a "classic" style wilderness adventure race. The biking portion of the race will be through the Ludington School Forest. Divisions include solo or two-person, co-ed, female or male teams or a three-person team (any gender). The five-hour race features a short kayak/canoe loop. The 10-hour race has a standard canoeing/kayaking leg.

Ludington Lakestride 5k, 10k, and Half Marathon


Since 1980, Ludington has been the host for the well known Ludington Lakestride 5K, 10K & Half Marathon. The weekend begins with a one-mile fun run on Friday evening at 6pm. Saturday's Lakestride is actually three races: the 5K run which winds its way through Cartier Park, the 10K which runs out to Decker Road and back, and the Half-Marathon.

Read more about the Ludington Lakestride.

Stony Lake Sparkler 5k


The Stony Lake Sparkler 5k benefits the Crystal Valley Care Fund. The race begins at Stony Lake Inn- 4722 Scenic Dr. in Stony Lake, and also includes a 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk. All 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk participants will receive an award and there will also be special awards given to Largest Family and Best Spirit Costume. The 1 Mile Fun Run begins at 8am with the timed 5k kicking off at 8:30am.

Registration are generally $25 for the 5k, $15 for the 1 Mile Fun Run, and $70 for a family of up to 2 adults and 4 kids living in the same household. T-shirts are guaranteed for those who register early. Late registration cost is usually $30 for the 5k, $20 for the 1 Mile Fun Run, and $80 for a family. There is a post-race party at Stony Lake Inn which includes fun, food, and music.


WSCC Muddy Fox Trot


West Shore Community College hosts a Muddy Fox Trot, a family-friendly 5k mud run with a boot camp style obstacle course. Scheduled in July and starting at 10am, the run benefits the WSCC Foundation student scholarship fund. Registration for adults is $20 and includes lunch. Current WSCC students with a valid student ID will be able to enter the race for free, as well as anyone 16 years or younger. The course challenges runners of all levels. All participants will receive a free t-shirt and complimentary lunch. A food concession will also be available to spectators.

COVE Benefit 5k/10k Beach Run/Walk & 1 Mile Fun Run


Pentwater's Charles Mears State Park hosts a 5K and 10K beach walk/run to benefit COVE each summer. The course covers paved, sand, and beach surfaces. The mission of COVE (Communities Overcoming Violent Encounters) is to provide shelter, advocacy and protection to victims of domestic and sexual violence and other homeless women and children, and to educate our communities about the root causes of violence. Check-In and Registration begins at 7am. The Fun Run begins at 8am with the 5k/10k kicking off at 8:30 am. There are awards and prizes in many divisions and all participants will receive a finishers medal.

Cost is generally $10 for the 1-mile fun run with registration on the day of the event, $25 for the 5k/10k early registration, and $30 for late registration.

New in 2018, was a Virtual 5K Run/Walk, Registration was $25 anytime through August 3rd. Virtual participation took place July 28th - August 11th to best fit your schedule. After completion, participants were instructed to take a selfie and post it on COVE social media.

For more information, contact Lynn Cavazos at (231) 869-5939 or lcavazos5939@charter.net.

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Run the Beach 5k


This was a new race in 2018 as part of the #RunLudington Race series. The race begins at the Ludington Pub- 209 S. James St. at 9am and the track includes sand dune and beach running so jogging strollers are not recommended. Registration fee is generally $25 which includes a custom die cast finishers medal, race swag item, coupons, and chances to win prizes (race winners and random drawings). Race day registration begins at 8am on August 4th at Ludington Pub. Dogs are not allowed in this race.


Ludington Lighthouse Triathlon


The annual Ludington Lighthouse Triathlon happens each August in downtown Ludington, where the Avenue ends right at the beach. The event includes biking, kayaking, and running and participants can choose from 6 different race combinations.

For more information, visit chronotrack.com or Read more about the Ludington Lighthouse Triathlon

Rich Tompkins Memorial Run/Hart Healthy Labor Day 5K, Youth Mile, & Bridge Walk

September 2, 2019

The annual Rich Tompkins Memorial Run/Hart Healthy Labor Day 5k, Youth Mile, and Bridge Walk is held each Labor Day beginning in front of the Hart Main Street Office at 49 S. State Street in Hart. Race day check-in and registration begins at 6:30am. The 1-Mile Youth Run registration is $17 and begins at 8am. 5K Run/Walk registration is $25 and begins at 8:30am. 2.2 Mile Bridge Walk registration is free or $15 w/ a t-shirt and begins at 8:45am.

Call the Hart Main Street Office at (231) 301-8449 or visit www.hartmainstreet.org for more information.

Salmon Run 5k & 10k Run/walk


This event is held annually to benefit the Food Pantry at St. Ann's Senior Center in Baldwin. The race features a 5k and 10k through spectacular Michigan forests. The 5k is mostly along flat, paved surfaces with one large hill. The 10k is for serious distance runners and will go along unpaved trails in hilly wooded forest.

Registration is generally $25 until September 9th and $30 from then until the event. All registrants will receive a t-shirt, while supplies last. Register at Pandora's Box- 855 Michigan Ave. in Baldwin or online at salmonrunbaldwin.com.

Love Ludington Run for Your Lives 5k & 1 Mile Fun Run


This annual walk/run begins at 10am at James Street Plaza- Corner of Ludington Avenue and James St. in downtown Ludington. Participants are encouraged to dress in costume. Proceeds benefit the Love Ludington Fund and all pre-registrants receive a glow-in-the-dark t-shirt. The first 100 finishers receive a custom medal.

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Other Local Races


Snowshoe Stampede at Manistee National Golf & Resort


Firecracker 5k in Manistee
L.A.S.S.I. Loop 5k in Pentwater


MCC Walk/Run 4 Fun in Scottville
Torch Run in Downtown Ludington


Halloween Hustle One-Mile Run at Cartier Park (for kids in Kindergarten-6th Grade)
Foster Elementary School PTC Fun Run


Jingle Bell Jog 5k at Manistee High School

Run Club

Ludington is also home to the Ludington Pub Run Club which meets every Tuesday at 6pm at the Ludington Pub- 209 S. James Street for a fun run of about 3 miles. Runners of all levels are encouraged to join in the run and socializing after the run.


More Great Outdoors in West Michigan...

For more activities & attractions, check out these additional links for Things to Do in West Michigan:

West Michigan Map
Ludington Activities & Things to Do -- Play on a beautiful beach, take a tour at Historic White Pine Village, or explore the barn quilt trail, murals or sculptures in the county--Ludington offers many fun things to do for the entire family!
Have Fun in Manistee, Michigan -- Explore Manistee's historic downtown district and riverwalk, hike the Manistee National Forest, canoe on the Manistee River, and more.
Hamlin Lake -- Just 4 miles north of Ludington, Hamlin Lake is a great destination for boating, fishing and climbing dunes! The Hamlin Lake shoreline is also part of the Ludington State Park.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes -- Visiting the Silver Lake Sand Dunes makes for a terrific vacation because you can take your off-road vehicle for a spin on the scenic sand dunes overlooking Lake Michigan and Silver Lake.
Things to Do in Pentwater, Michigan -- Nothing is quite like the quaint, artsy, harbortown village of Pentwater. Don't miss the popular Charles Mears State Park beach on Pentwater's Lake Michigan shoreline.
Lots of Activities in Scottville, Michigan -- Explore the Riverside Park along the National Scenic Pere Marquette River.
Canoeing or Fishing on the Pere Marquette River -- Many boat liveries offer canoe rentals.
Also, check out West Michigan Guides and our locally produced WestMichigan.MichBiz.com directory for our largest lists of Things to Do in West Michigan.

Last Updated: 10-30-2018 12:52 PM ID: 1604