Inside Northern Michigan’s BEST Winter 5k

Inside Northern Michigan’s BEST Winter 5k

If you are looking for a winter race along the shores of Lake Michigan, you may be crazy. Michiganders who run outside year-round are the perfect kind of crazy. The Betsie Bay Frozen 5k is the best winter race around. It supports local charities, has fabulous door prizes, and is full of winter running enthusiasts. Read all about it below and sign up to run it on February 18, 2017!

Inside Northern Michigan's Best Winter 5k - The Awesome Mitten
Photo courtesy of Aubrey Ann Parker Photography / The Betsie Bay Frozen 5k

The Course

The Betsie Bay Frozen 5k starts at the top of the Lake Michigan lookout in Elberta. It takes you down the steep hill and then wraps around the Betsie Bay bend into Frankfort. The finish line is at the end of Main Street, where cheering crowds fill both sides of the course. This race is for runners, walkers, costume enthusiasts, and dog walkers. This race is for you. It is family friendly, uplifting, and full of cheer.

Inside Northern Michigan's Best Winter 5k - The Awesome Mitten
Photo courtesy of Aubrey Ann Parker Photography / The Betsie Bay Frozen 5k

The Prizes

There are prizes for the first place winner and overall age group winners. However, the door prizes are truly extraordinary. More than 75 generous sponsors donate remarkable goods for runners. The Cherry Hut, Iron Fish Distillery, and Coldwell Banker are just a few. The full list of sponsors can be found on the event’s Facebook page. In years past, prizes include gift cards to local establishments, baked goods, clothing, and so much more. The door prizes given away at this event leave me in awe every year.

Inside Northern Michigan's Best Winter 5k - The Awesome Mitten
Photo courtesy of Patrick Smith

The Reason

“Local legend” Adam Micham co-founded this race with Randi Stoltz in 2011. “This run started, literally, as something fun to do in the middle of February for crazy, local runners,” explained Stoltz. From there, it has grown to an event that the community looks forward to annually.  In the six years that this race has been held, more than $7,500 has been raised for local charities.

“We really do have all this community support from people who just want to enjoy the day!” Aubrey Ann Parker noted. Parker has been involved with the Betsie Bay Frozen 5k since almost the very beginning. She originally came on to take photos and now maintains most of the fundraising and social media aspects. The passion that this group has for the event shows through in every aspect of the race because of their diligent dedication to the community. Runners and spectators alike feel the personalization and enthusiasm of the event. The Betsie Bay Frozen 5k is truly an event that must be experienced firsthand.

 

Have you ever participated in the Betsie Bay Frozen 5k? What is your favorite part of this event?