Meijer Festival of Races

Sat July 6, 2019 Directions

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.

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 Chateau Grand Traverse OR Island View Road. Please tell all spectators to head to Front Street for the finish of the race and the Cherry Royale Parade.


Welcome to the Meijer Festival Races presented by Cherry Bay Orchards.

Important Race Course Change Announcement for the 10k, 15k, and the Half Marathon.

Due to abnormally high water levels, the race course for the Half Marathon, 15k & 10k are being rerouted from its usually path under Murchie Bridge.  This year, you’ll find yourself running along the bay and under the tunnel to sprint to the finish line in the 2019 Festival of Races.

While we have tried everything to keep our race course the same, mother nature has had other plans for us.  The high water levels range between 3 and 8 inches of standing water on the race path and the safety of our runners comes first. The race team would like you to know that the distance of this race only change by approximately 140 feet. 

Thank you so much for your kindness and understanding.  It is going to be a great race!


Race Website

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Race Contact Info

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Cherry Bay Orchards - Photo Contest


Stop by Cherry Bay Orchards giant cherry photo booth and share your pic on social media for a chance to win a case of Tart Cherry Juice!

Here’s how to enter…

  1. Take a finish line pic with the giant cherry
  2. Post to your Instagram or Facebook
  3. Mention @cherrybayorchards in your post copy and use the hashtag #saycherries

Winner will be announced on July 20!


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


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