Stafford's Top of Michigan Community Marathon- A USATF CERTIFIED COURSE to benefit the Top of Michigan Trails Council and the Petoskey High School Cross Country and Track teams.
A 10K run/walk was added starting in Petoskey and ending in Harbor Springs.
The marathon race will be run on a beautiful course made of asphalt starting in Charlevoix, then Petoskey and finishing in Harbor Springs. The trail is an excellent venue for runners stepping up to a marathon or seasoned runners looking for a fast time. The trail is relatively flat and perfect for getting a qualifying time for other races. The trail has spectacular views of the Little Traverse Bay.
Check out the Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau video on the Little Traverse Wheelway. It talks alot about biking but you will get the idea about its beauty and how great a venue it is for runners.
Event details and schedule
Marathon course is a beautiful point to point asphalt trail, starting in Charlevoix and finishing in Harbor Springs.
A shuttle will be available in the morning from Harbor Springs to Charlevoix for the marathon and from Harbor Springs to Petoskey for the 10K. A shuttle will also be available from Harbor Springs to Petoskey and Charlevoix in the afternoon.
Parking in dowtown Charlevoix is available.
Packet pickup for the marathon will happen in the park near Bridge St. Tap Room in Charlevoix from 3-8 pm on May 27, or one hour before the marathon begins at the same location. Packet pickup for the 10K will be at Top of MI Trails Council, 1687 M 119, Petoskey, from 9 am - 5 pm on May 27 or from 8 - 9:30 am on May 28.
Weather is variable in late May so be prepared for anything. In case of extreme weather the event may be delayed or cancelled to protect the safety of participants and no refunds will be given if the event is cancelled.
Course closure is 6 hours or at 1:30 p.m.
For more race info please check our race FAQ at http://www.trailscouncil.org/top-of-michigan-trails-council-sponsors-marathon-on-little-traverse-wheelway-in-2016-38/