Race <span>Events</span>
Race Events

Regional Race Events

The regions's scenic varied landscape inspires residents and visitors alike to hike, paddle, run and swim for exercise and competition throughout the year at events including these:

 

Bigfoot Snowshoe Race

BIGFOOT SNOWSHOE RACE

JANUARY

This unique race is open to racers of all skill levels but it is also the Midwest qualifier for the National Championship Snowshoe race in February. Learn more at http://www.runsnow.com/

North American VASA

NORTH AMERICAN VASA

FEBRUARY

Equally revered, these annual 10K, 27K, and 50K free-style and classic cross-country skiing races wind through the Pere Marquette State Forest. Learn more at http://www.vasa.org/

Traverse City Trail Running Festival

Traverse City Trail Running Festival

April

The Traverse City Trail Running Festival is northern Michigan's premeir celebration of off-road running. The courses will take runners through the Pere Marquette Forest on a variety of singletrack and two track trails. The festival begins with a two-person 10k relay (each runner runs 5k) on Friday evening, and the 10k, 25k, and 50k individual races get underway on Saturday morning. Learn more here: http://www.enduranceevolution.com/traverse-city-trail-running-festival/

Traverse City Trail Running Festival

MUD, SWEAT AND BEERS

May

A spring race that combines chellenging terrain, races for all levels of skill and a really fun post-party. The event takes place at nearby Mt. Holiday. Learn more at http://www.mudsweatandbeers.com/

Traverse City Trail Running Festival

BAYSHORE MARATHON

May

A marathon, half-marathon and 10K from Traverse City and along Old Mission Peninsula. A truly unforgettable view from start to finish. Learn more at http://www.bayshoremarathon.org/

M-22 CHALLENGE

M-22 CHALLENGE

May

Run, pedal and paddle along a 22-mile course that includes climbing Sleeping Bear Dunes, biking 17 miles around Big and Little Glen Lakes and paddling 2.5 miles out and back in Little Glen. Can't beat the incredible views you'll experience during the M-22 Challenge - http://m22challenge.com/

M-22 CHALLENGE

Glen Arbor Solstice Half Marathon and 5K

June

Join Endurance Evolution for a scenic half marathon and 5k running race in Glen Arbor, Michigan. The 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. Get more information at: http://www.enduranceevolution.com/glen-arbor-solstice-half-marathon-5k/

Stars, Stripes and Splatter

Stars, Stripes and Splatter

July

This is a color run style event with color stations featuring patriotic colors held here on the grounds of Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. The race is followed by an after party with refreshments, an inflatable obstacle course, and color toss. Learn more at http://starsstripesandsplatter.com/

M-22 CHALLENGE

NATIONAL CHERRY FESTIVAL "FESTIVAL OF RACES" 15/5K

July

This race origionally started in 1973 as a 10K and then in 1978, shifted to a 15K and finally added Traverse City's first 5K in 1989. This race has seen over 50,000 participants cross the finish line. Learn more at www.cherryfestival.org.

Traverse City Triathlon

TRAVERSE CITY TRIATHLON

August

Dividing West and East Grand Traverse Bay, Old Mission Peninsula offers stunning scenery and a challenging landscape. The half-, Olympic- and sprint-distance races start in the calm, clean waters of Bowers Harbor on West Grand Traverse Bay for a loop swim. The bike courses point athletes past picturesque orchards and vineyards and over a few tough climbs. Heading out on the run, racers follow Neahtawanta Road along the water before turning up a dirt road into the Pyatt Nature Preserve. Athletes then return to the pavement for the final stretch to the finish line at Bowers Harbor Park. The Traverse City Triathlon delivers a beautiful course, professional race management, and great racing; this is Northern Michigan's most memorable triathlon. Get more information at: http://www.enduranceevolution.com/traverse-city-triathlon

Reebok Ragnar Relay Logo

Reebok Ragnar Relay Michigan

September

Reebok Ragnar Relay Michigan is a magical combination of fall colors, sugar sand beaches, massive dunes and wild Ragnarians. Teams of 12 or 6 will start the 200-ish mile relay in charming Muskegon where runners speed past historic ships and lighthouses with a van of teammates cheering them along each leg of the course. A Ragnar wouldn’t be complete without a finish line party, hunky finisher medal and stories to tell for years to come. Find out what it means to find your #innerWILD. Learn More: https://www.runragnar.com/event-detail/relay/michigan


 

Harvest Stompede

Harvest Stompede

September

The annual Harvest Stompede weekend features a spectacular race through Leelanau's vineyards followed by a self-guided wine tour of Leelanau Peninsula wineries. Enjoy world-class wines paired with culinary delights. During the 2014 Harvest Stompede, wineries will once again feature locally sourced food item with each culinary pairing. Learn more: http://www.lpwines.com/harvest/

Harvest Stompede

SLEEPING BEAR MARATHON AND HALF MARATHON

October

A scenic marathon and half marathon in the heart of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The out-and-back marathon course will take runners by the “Dune Climb”, past Little Glen Lake, and through the village of Glen Arbor with breathtaking views of the Manitou Islands and Sleeping Bear Dunes along the way. The half marathon will follow the same course as the marathon, turning around at the 6.55 mile mark. At the peak of fall color season, the tree-lined course will be one that both runners and spectators won't soon forget. Learn more: http://www.enduranceevolution.com/sleeping-bear-marathon-half-marathon

Devils Dive Logo

Devil's Dive Half Marathon

October

This scenic course takes place during the peak of fall color season.  Along the race route runners will be greeted by devils, referees, cats, clowns, witches, angels, highlighters, zombies, minions and more! Race participants are encouraged to dressed up as well. Post race food includes bananas, bagels, caramel apples, candy, apple cider, pumpkin donuts, and homemade cookies. Learn more at http://www.devilsdivehalf.com/

THE GREAT BEERD RUN

THE GREAT BEERD RUN

November

Join us at for the Great Beerd Run- a 5k fun run designed to celebrate all things Beer and Beard. This is an untimed run with on course beer tastings featuring Beards Brewery, Short's Brewery and Right Brain Brewery. There is also a post-race Beer Tent featuring a Best Beard Contest, race grub, music, and beer. Click for details: http://thegreatbeerdrun.com/

Harvest Stompede

ICEMAN COMETH CHALLENGE

November

This renowned 29-mile point-to-point mountain bike race from Kalkaska to Traverse City offers more than $54,000 in cash awards and $10,000 in merchandise prizes. Learn more about the event: http://www.iceman.com

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Upcoming Events

March 22 - April 7
Spring Break


January 19
Taste of India Dinner


Orvis Michigan Fly Fishing School


January 25-27
Winter Spa-Cation with Black Star Farms


Valentine's Day & President's Day Weekend Activities & Specials


June 26 Through September 26
Dave Pelz Golf School


May 10-12, 2019
VIP Wine & Spa with Mawby Winery


June 7-9, 2019
Bowers Harbor VIP Wine and Spa Weekend


November April 12-14, 2019
VIP Wine & Spa Weekend with Bonobo Winery


February 28-March 2
“Into The Wild” brought to you by Northern Michigan Regional Chapter - Safari Club International


Wednesdays 4:00-6:00pm
Happy Hour at Spa Grand Traverse


Souvenir Shopping Tips


Previous
Next

Barefoot Magazine

  • Destination Relaxation

    For five years, Spa Grand Traverse Director Dawn Olsen thought about the changes she wanted to make to the resort’s 7,000-square-foot spa and salon.

  • New Look for Iconic Governors' Hall

    Premier gathering space undergoes $1.5 million renovation

  • Reuniting at the Resort

    “It’s a beautiful place to reconnect and build close ties to those we love in one of the most spectacular places in Michigan.”
    —Lori, Leaver family reunion

The Clubhouse
Stay up-to-date on all the happenings at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. Be the first to know about events, news and special offers!
* required field

By registering you are agreeing to Grand Traverse Resort and Spa privacy policy.

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

Reservations
12
Sep
2014
12
Sep
2014
01
Have a group or promo code? Click Here
**A one-night nonrefundable deposit will be required and processed within 48 hours of making this reservation
  • 2-Night VIP WINE & SPA WEEKEND WITH BONOBO WINERY - April 12-14, 2019
    2-Night VIP WINE & SPA WEEKEND WITH BONOBO WINERY - April 12-14, 2019

    Relax and explore one of Traverse Cities newest wineries with our VIP Wine & Spa Weekend with Bonobo WInery.

    BOOK NOW Learn More

  • 2-Night Carefree Getaway - Midweek
    2-Night Carefree Getaway - Midweek

    2-Night Carefree Getaway

    A romantic getaway that includes a 2-night stay, romantic dinner at Aerie Restaurant, and great Spa Grand Traverse savings.

    BOOK NOW Learn More

Special Offer Sign-up

By registering you are agreeing to the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa privacy policy.