Race Across the Mitten: June’s Best

Race Across the Mitten: June’s Best

June is flying by. Literally; it’s as if all this wind is making the month go by faster. What these cooler temperatures are good for, however, is training for all the awesome races that are taking place this month. There are upcoming races for every distance and style you could desire, and it’s not too late to sign up. Take a moment to peruse the ones I’ve highlighted below and see if any tickle your fancy!

The Charlevoix Marathon – June 22nd

Photo Courtesy of the Charlevoix Marathon
Photo Courtesy of the Charlevoix Marathon

Charlevoix is stunning, there is no denying that. This race winds along downtown Charlevoix, Lake Michigan and Lake Charlevoix. There is a 5K, 10K, half marathon and full marathon, so runners of all levels are invited to participate in this breathtaking route.  On the 21st, the Charlevoix First United Methodist Church will be hosting a pasta dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The cost of the pasta dinner is not included in your race fee, but it is a donation only dinner.

The Cheetah Chase 5K – Battle Creek, June 22nd

This race is going to be all kinds of amazing. If you are in the area, do not pass it up!
The majority of this race is run through Binder Park Zoo, winding around animal exhibits including giraffes, antelopes and zebras. Another portion of this trek is through a wooded area called “Forest Farm.” Every aspect of this run promises some sort of entertainment and wildlife to observe. After the race, all participants receieve a free day pass to the zoo, so if you ran past anything too quickly to fully enjoy it, there is time to do so afterwards.

 

Pictured Rocks Road Race – Munising, June 23rd

Photo Courtesy of the Pictured Rocks Road Race
Photo Courtesy of the Pictured Rocks Road Race

There are a fair amount of Michiganders who have not had the pleasure of experiencing Pictured Rocks in our Upper Peninsula. Racing along the shoreline of Lake Superior is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the area for the first time, or to just add a new experience to an already well-loved region. There is a half marathon and a 5K, so a variety of running experience is allowed. The half marathon runs through the woods, by waterfalls and offers an abundance of great views of Lake Superior. Runners can even experience the infamous “Stink Hill,” which judging from the name, is pretty self-explanatory. Proceeds benefit the Upper Peninsula’s region of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Caledonia Kilt Klassic 5K – June 29th

Photo Courtesy of the Kilt Klassic 5K
Photo Courtesy of the Kilt Klassic 5K

Kilts are optional, of course, but I think we all know that I prefer that you wear one. The course will wind its way through downtown Caledonia and ends on Main Street in time to kick off the Caledonia Fourth of July Parade. This race serves as a fundraiser for the local school district’s track and cross county programs. Nothing is more fun than a themed race. 5Ks are the prefect distance for runners to dress up and get a little goofy while running for a good cause. Plus, the Kilt Klassic is a fantastic way to start the morning with a giggle. Spectators can come out and support local runners, then stay after the race to enjoy the parade and festivities.

One of the best parts about races is that even if you don’t like running, there is always some other entertaining aspect that makes it desirable. Whether you want a laugh to see hundreds of people running in kilts or you want to see a scenic part of Michigan that you have yet to experience, running a race is an ideal way to go about it.

What races are you planning on running in June?

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Michigan has amazing people, delicious beer, and unlimited outdoor activities to participate in. One thing I have noticed about our mitten state is that no matter which city I am in, those factors do not change. I am a therapist by day and an explorer of all things Michigan the rest of the time.