Battle Creek Half Marathon and 5k

Sat July 3 - Sun July 11, 2021 Battle Creek, MI 49037 US Directions

Battle Creek Half Marathon

$80 07/03 7:00AM EDT Registration ends June 30, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT

Battle Creek 5k

$45 07/03 7:45AM EDT Registration ends June 30, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT

Virtual Battle Creek Half Marathon

$75 Registration ends June 20, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT

Virtual Battle Creek 5k

$40 Registration ends June 20, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT
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256 Helmer Rd N
Battle Creek, MI US 49037

Please read all event details carefully before registering!

The Battle Creek Half Marathon and 5k is Battle Creek's first and only half marathon. Starting at the brewing facility for Territorial Brewing Company, participants will run to and through the grounds of the Field of Flight and experience air crafts and more while getting an up close view of the festival grounds as they are running by. Runners will then continue on the beautiful streets and boulevards of Battle Creek for a fairly flat, scenic course.

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Race Day COVID Protocols

It is our goal to provide a safe and enjoyable in-person event for our participants. In order to do so, we have adapted COVID event protocols that meet and exceed the current guidelines given by local and state officials. Please note, that these guidelines may change. In the event that changes to the COVID protocol are made that directly impact participants, they will be notified via email. For the complete COVID race protocols, click here.


  • Masks must be worn by spectators and participants when social distancing is not possible including, but not limited to at the start/finish line, at packet pick-up, in line for port-a-johns, or during post-race activities. 
  • Volunteers will be required to wear masks throughout the event. Volunteers that will be directly in contact with runners will also wear gloves. 
  • For the safety of our runners, volunteers, and community at large, if you are unable to wear a mask before, during, or after the event, as outlined above, please choose the virtual event option. 

Packet Pick-Up:

  • In order to spread out the number of people at packet pick-up, there will be multiple opportunities the week of the event to pick up participant packets. Dates, times, and locations will be emailed to participants ahead of time. 
  • Participants will be required to wear a mask at packet pick-up.
  • There will be NO PAPER REGISTRATIONS available. Participants may still register at packet pick-up, but will need to do so virtually

Event Start:

  • Participants will be grouped into waves based on their pace/estimated finish. Waves will go off every 5 minutes.
  • Wave start times will be available the week prior to the event.
  • Half Marathon starting range, 7:00 am-7:45 am.
  • 5k starting range, 7:50 am-8:30 am. 

Post Event:

  • Capacity will be limited in the post-race beer tent based on current state and local guidelines. 
  • Event results will not be posted, but will be available electronically upon completion of the event. 
  • There will be no awards ceremony. Any participant that earned an overall or age group prize, will have their prize mailed to them. 

Aid Stations:

  • Participants will need to select their own cup from the tables at each aid station. Cups will be pre-poured, but not handed directly to participants. 
  • Participants should wear a mask when approaching an aid station.
  • Aid station volunteers will wear masks and gloves. Sanitizer will also be available at all aid stations. 
  • Participants MUST deposit their waste into the trash bins provided. DO NOT THROW CUPS or other waste onto the ground. 
Event Transfers

It is our goal to provide our community of runners with a safe experience, but also to provide everyone with a race day experience that meets their comfort level. We recognize that there may be reasons to decide to not participate in the in-person event and vice versa. Participants may transfer from in-person to virtual, or virtual to in-person at any time, for any reason, up to the close of registration for the virtual event. 

If training has not quite gone as planned, or you decided to amp up your mileage, participants may transfer from the 5k to the half marathon (for an additional fee) or transfer from the half marathon to the 5k (the difference in registration cost will not be refunded). At any time up until the close of registration. 

Participants may also transfer their registration to another runner up until the close of registration. Please note, giving your bib to another runner without properly going through the transfer process is NOT allowed for many reasons, including for liability purposes. 

All questions regarding race transfers should be directed to


Event Cancelation Policy

We are aware that an in-person event is not a guarantee. There are many factors that may result in an in-person event including, but not limited to; state and/or local health guidelines, event partners' ability to host participants, etc. In the event that an in-person event is unable to occur, all participants will automatically be transferred to the virtual event. Information about this will be clearly communicated to participants as timely as possible. There will be no event refunds. 

Virtual Event Details

Registration for the virtual event closes on Sunday, June 20. Packets for virtual participants will be mailed out the week of June 21. Participants may run their virtual event anytime between July 2 - July 11, 2021. An email will be sent to virtual participants explaining how to report their time (optional). Virtual participants will also be encouraged to submit run photos via email and/or social media outlets. When posting event photos tag us with #runBC2021

Why does the virtual event cost as much as the in-person event?

We realize that over the past year you may have participated in many virtual events that were less expensive. Cereal City Athletics is a small business, and our events are the product that we provide to the community. Just as you may pay a bit more to shop local rather than order something online, you may pay a bit more to support a local event. Because we do not order in bulk, like many of the virtual events, our costs are higher. Regardless of whether you are in-person or virtual, we have expenses to provide you with a quality event. Virtual participants get all of the same swag that in-person participants will as well. As a bonus for our virtual participants, we are shipping participant packets at no additional cost to you. 


Half Marathon:

Beginning at the brewing facility for Territorial Brewing Company, runners will make their way to the Field of Flight where they will run the runways while watching balloons launch (weather permitting) and get an up close view of the Field of Flight attractions. Runners will exit the grounds and run the streets and boulevards of Battle Creek before finishing back right where they started. The time limit for completing the half marathon course is 3 and 1/2 hours, or 16 min/mile average pace. 


Beginning at the brewing facility for Territorial Brewing Company, runners will make their way to the Field of Flight where they will run the runways while watching balloons launch (weather permitting) and get an up close view of the Field of Flight attractions before heading back right where they started to the finish.

Breakfast and Brews

Breakfast and Brews is an optional add-on for participants and all spectators. When registering, add the number of tickets you need for the event. Tickets for Breakfast and Brews are $10 each and include a breakfast scramble, two pancakes, a breakfast meat and a short glass of a specialty Territorial Brewing Company beer. Proof of age will be needed to receive alcoholic beverages.

***Breakfast and Brews is LIMITED to 400 participants. Register early, we expect this to fill quickly!***


Charity Partner

We are excited to announce our 2020 charity partner will once again be Talons Out Honor Flight! Talons Out Honor Flight, the SW Michigan Chapter of Honor Flight Michigan, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam Era and terminally ill Veterans in and around Southwest Michigan to Washington, D.C. (at no charge to the Vets) to visit their memorial. 

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