Meijer Festival of Races

Sat July 10, 2021 Directions RaceJoy Ready

In Person Festival of Races

7:00AM - 8:05AM EDT
Events: Priority Health 5K 10K McKinley Challenge 15k Half Marathon

Virtual Festival of Races!

12:00AM EDT
Events: Priority Health Virtual 5k Virtual 10k Virtual 15k McKinely Challenge Virtual Half Marathon

***Limited spaces are still open for the Half Marathon. Sign Up Today***

Imagine lining up with thousands of runners just like you on a beautiful Traverse City morning. You enjoy the picturesque views of Grand Traverse Bay as you push yourself to beat last year's time. You come to the final stretch downtown and you're reenergized by thousands of cheering fans all the way to the finish line where you're handed cherries after you cross the line.

NEW THIS YEAR: Virtual Race Options will be available for each distance. 

Traverse City Central High School: 1150 Milliken Dr, Traverse City, MI 49686
Race Maps

Maps are for reference only. They will be professionally measured and marked on race day. There may be slight changes to course routes. Please check back for updates. 


*The first 2 miles of the Half Marathon includes a trail run through private property. You only have permission to run on this property on race day. No spectators can park at Old Mission Peninsula School OR Island View Road. Please tell all spectators to head to the Open Space for the Finish Line.


Welcome to the Meijer Festival Races presented by Cherry Bay Orchards.  The Meijer Festival of Races presented by Cherry Bay Orchards is a race series that celebrates the beauty and agriculture in the Traverse City Area along with providing unique race experience such as finishing on a parade route or running through an orchard (Half Marathon only). New in 2021, each race will also have a virtual option! 

Race Website

Additional race information can be found at

Race Contact Info

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Available for Apple and Android devices.

Interactive Race Day Experience with RaceJoy

Live Phone Tracking, GPS Progress Alerts and Cheers!

We are providing you with RaceJoy as part of the official race experience for the Meijer Festival of Races.

Download the RaceJoy mobile app in advance to ensure proper phone setup. Invite your friends and family to track you and send you cheers!

Some key RaceJoy features include:

GPS Progress Alerts

  • Receive continual progress updates as you complete your goal.

Live GPS Tracking

  • Remote spectators can track your progress live in a map view. You can also track others.


  • Receive supportive audio cheers from remote friends & family.

Virtual Results (virtual events only)

  • Enter your race-assigned bib number to automatically submit your finish data for real-time scored results.
To use RaceJoy, you must carry your phone and activate tracking on the day you complete your race.
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Cherry Bay Orchards - Photo Contest


Grab your bag of dried cherries when you cross the finish line and share your pic on social media for a chance to win a case of Tart Cherry Juice!

Here’s how to enter…

  • Take a finish line pic with your dried cherries
  • Post to your Instagram or Facebook
  • Mention @cherrybayorchards in your post copy and use the hashtag #runforred

Winner will be announced on July 20!


Traverse City Central High School: 1150 Milliken Dr, Traverse City, MI 49686


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