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Sun September 22, 2024 Thompsonville, MI 49683 US Directions
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Half Marathon

$79 8:00AM EDT
49 spots left. Price increases after June 30, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT


$55 8:30AM EDT
42 spots left. Price increases after June 30, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT


$40 9:00AM EDT Price increases after June 30, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT
All Ages

1 Mile Fun Run

$15 11:00AM EDT Price increases after September 17, 2024 at 8:00pm EDT


Celebrate summer and welcome fall with the new Betsie Valley Trail Half Marathon, 10k , 5k & 1 Mile Fun Run.  The Half Marathon, 10k and 5k courses are out and back on the Betsie Valley Trail starting in Thompsonville at the Webber Sports Complex.  The 1 Mile Fun Run is held on the ballfield onto the trail and back. 

The Betsie Valley Trail offers an excellent flat aggregate trail surface that is excellent for runners.  The trail offers beautiful views as it crosses both Dair Creek and the Betsie River. The trail passes through a wetland and mile after mile of pine and hardwood upland forests. The Betsie Valley Trail is built on the bed of the former Ann Arbor Railroad and now part of the Rails to Trails system. Learn more at

North Mitten events supports and promotes the Betsie Valley Trail as a valued community resource. A portion of the proceeds from Half Marathon, 10k & 5k  AND all the proceeds from the 1 Mile Fun Run is donated to the Friends of the Betsie Valley Trail. Add a fun run to any race distance for just $10. 


Online Registration opens MAY 1st -September 17th at 8pm or until space is filled.   Onsite registration is available at packet pick up if space remains.

Half Marathon, 10k and 5k registration fee includes Tee or Tree, chip timing, live results/tracking, custom bib, custom finisher medal and post-race food.

1 Mile Fun Run registration fee includes custom bib and a Betsie Valley Trail sticker! The Fun Run is not timed.

All registrants receive a beautiful in person running course and an experience we hope you will cherish forever! 

Event Schedule

Saturday  Sept 21st

  • 4pm -6pm                   Packet pick-up 

Sunday, Sept 22nd

  • 7am -830am              Late packet pick up
    8:00am                        Half Marathon start
    8:30am                        10k start
    9:am                            5k start
    9:30am                        Fun Run late registration and bib pick up.
    10:15am                      Live awards
    11:00am                      1 Mile Fun Run at the ballpark
    11:15am                      Drawing for $100 gift card
    12:00pm                      Course closes

Packet Pick Up

Packet pick-up will be held at the Webber Sports Complex Saturday September 21st from 4pm-6pm and Sunday September 22nd from 7am-830am only.  It is highly encouraged that you pick packets up Saturday.  Fun Run participants are NOT required to attend packet pick up. Fun run bibs will be available for pick up on race day at the event.

Race Parking 

The race starts and finishes in Thompsonville at the Webber Sports Complex/ ballfield.  Trail-side parking is available in the ballfield or one block over in downtown Thompsonville. 

Lodging, dining and more

While in Thompsonville visit the historic marker at the Diamond Crossing. This marker serves to underscore the significance of the crossing of the Pere Marquette and Ann Arbor railroads during the 19th century.

The diamond-shaped crossing of steel rails and the subsequent rail traffic that it facilitated was instrumental in the growth and economic development of Thompsonville, Benzie County and in northern lower Michigan, in the late 19th and early 20th century. The crossing was situated approximately 124 feet south of Thompson Road.

Now a remote area, Thompsonville is best known for the abundance of recreation opportunities.

Thompsonville Lodging 

  • ·       Crystal Mountain Resort 
  • ·       Mountain Valley Lodge
  • ·       Betsie River Campground

Thompsonville Dining 

  •         231 Bar and Grill
  • ·       Geno’s Sports Bar and Grill
  • ·       Rosie's Country Café
  • ·       Laughing Horse Saloon 

Or visit Beulah, Benzonia, Frankfort, Interlochen, Manistee or Traverse City for more lodging and dining options! 


All Half Marathon, 10k and 5k athletes receive a finisher medal. The top overall male and female in each race receive a gift certificate and more! Awards given to the top 3 in each age category. 

  • 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75 and older.

A live awards ceremony will take place at the ballpark at 10:30 am. Awards will be available until 12am. Please plan to pick up your award. Awards will not be sent.

All 1 MILE FUN RUN participants receive a custom bib and a Betsie Valley Trail sticker.  All FUN RUN participants are entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card.

Event Rules

  • ·       Be respectful of the trail, nature, private property and others.
  • ·       No littering 
  • ·       No dogs or strollers on course
  • ·       Headsets are allowed but not encouraged for your safety.
  • ·       Smile, soak it in and enjoy the surrounding natural beauty. It’s a rule. 😊 


North Mitten events is dedicated to People and Planet health. Our goal is to spread positive people and planet impressions in our community and beyond.

North Mitten pledges these eco-conscience and community-based efforts for the Betsie Valley Trail Run.

  • ·       To maintain a clean and litter free trail and sports complex.
  • ·       To be consumer conscience and provide only products of use.
  • ·       To discourage waste and encourage runners to carry water bottles or hydration systems instead of using aid station cups.
  • ·       To avoid plastic and single use products.
  • ·       To provide only compostable supplies when single use is unavoidable.
  • ·       To compost, reuse or recycle food and supplies.
  • ·       To source food and supplies locally as much as possible.  
  • ·       To purchase organic cotton, hemp or recycled materials.
  • ·       To donate one tree per participant to the North Mitten PLANT A TREE project.


A portion of the Half Marathon, 10k and 5k proceeds and all proceeds from the 1 Mile Fun Run is donated to the Friends of the Betsie Valley Trail. Visit to learn more about the trail. 


We need you. The Betsie Valley Trail Run is seeking volunteers and creative groups to cover aid stations, street crossings and registration.  For more information, please visit the volunteer tab (coming soon) or contact North Mitten at

Timing provided by :  RF Event Services

Race Event provided by: North Mitten LLC. .People and Planet Heath  .Events. Adventure. Education. 




Webber Sports Complex
Lincoln Street
Thompsonville, MI US 49683

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