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The 2020 Sleeping Bear Marathon, Half Marathon, & 5K is now virtual!

We've made the tough decision to change this year's race to a virtual event. If you're a currently registered participant, you've got a few options to choose from and have received a few emails from our team already.


The 2020 Sleeping  Bear Marathon, Half Marathon, & 5K is now a virtual event. All currently registered participants in the NON virtual marathon, half marathon and 5K must let us know their decision as to how they'd like to participate in 2020 by Friday, September 18. 


Join us for a scenic marathon, half marathon, and 5K run/walk in the heart of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. All races start and finish in Empire, MI. The out-and-back marathon course will take runners by the “Dune Climb”, past Little Glen Lake, and through the village of Glen Arbor with breathtaking views of the Manitou Islands and Sleeping Bear Dunes along the way. The half marathon and 5k will follow the same course as the marathon, with the half marathon turning around at the 6.5 mile mark, and the 5k turning around at 1.5 miles. At the peak of fall color season, the tree-lined course will be one that both runners and spectators won’t soon forget. See why Good Morning America calls this area one of the most beautiful in the United States.

Can't make it to join us on race day, but still want to be a part of the event?  We've added a new virtual race option for you. Wanna run on a Tuesday at noon? No problem. Weather outlook looking better for Friday evening? Go run! Run the race course any time you want in the two weeks leading up to the event and submit your time to be entered in the official virtual results. The best part is that you still get to come join the post race fun on race day! You're invited to come cheer on other runners and celebrate your finish with everyone on race morning. If you join us on race day you can pick up your shirt and finisher medal there, otherwise we'll mail those out to you after the race. This is a great way to be a part of the race and make it fit with your schedule.

Race day parking is located at Johnson Park, several blocks from the start/finish line.

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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 Sleeping Bear Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K.

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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Race day parking is located at Johnson Park, several blocks from the start/finish line.

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