Michiganders! It’s time to shake off the ‘Quarantine 15’ with these local running events. Get ready to dust off your shoes.
Metro Detroit — Runners, lace up your shoes.
Countless events have been cancelled in Michigan due to the coronavirus, but late summer and early fall are shaping up to be an active one for Michigan runners as several high profile races, both of the virtual and in-person variety, are expected to take place this September.
With gyms opening and sports resuming, Michiganders have more options than ever to shake off the “Quarantine 15” in the coming weeks.
Among them are several 5K races happening from Metro Detroit to Up North, with proceeds going to everything from childhood cancer research to local veterans.
Here is a guide to races happening in September, with locations, registration pages, dates to know and more:
9/12: Running to Honor 5K
A timed, family friendly run or walk, this 5K will benefit the memory of fallen soldiers and veterans, and proceeds will go to the Wyandotte and Taylor VFWs as well as the Running to Honor non-profit.
The race starts at 9 a.m. at the Sheridan Pavilion inside Heritage Park in Taylor; learn more or sign up here.
Offering several different in-person race options as well as reduced capacity for COVID-19 safety precautions, spots are filling up fast for this West Michigan race, which includes a 42.2K marathon, 21.1K half marathon and 8.0K race, as well as a virtual option.
The races start at 6 a.m.; learn more or sign up here.
9/13 Come Clean Duathalon (Virtual)
A virtual event held throughout the city of Haslett just east of Lansing, this virtual race includes a 1.4 mile run, 12.4 mile bike ride and 5K run.
Learn more or sign up here.
9/13 Dragon Dash 5K
A 5K run in Lake Orion, the Dragon Dash race plans to welcome runners and walkers of all levels for a rare in-person summer 2020 event at the Wildwood Amphitheater.
Registration ends on Friday, September 11; more information can be found here.
Modeled after the popular TV show, this year’s race will be held in Milford at Kensington Metropark, and is suitable for walkers, runners and joggers of all ages. Clue cards are provided at each station before racing can be resumed, and an emphasis is placed on teamwork.
For 2020, the race is adopting temperature taking and a redesigned course for social distancing purposes, and will be held “rain or shine.”
Registration and donation information can be found here.
9/20 Run Michigan Cheap (Virtual)
This classic 5K, 10K, and 13.1 mile Northville-based race will go virtual for 2020. Participants are encouraged to race in their location of choice and all finishers will receive a medal.
9/26 Detroit St. Jude Walk/Run (Virtual)
The 2020 Detroit St. Jude Walk/Run will continue its mission of raising funds to cure childhood cancer, and is rapidly nearing its goal of $200,000.
This year’s race will bring together participants nationwide for its first ever virtual race. Fundraising and participation are free.
9/27 Growler Gallup Detroit 2020 (Virtual)
The popular Detroit riverfront brewery will utilize the RaceJoy GPS tracking app for its 2020 races, and will offer hoodies, medals, bibs and free beer tickets for those who compete.
Athletes can run the designated course between September 25th and October 4th, and a downtown course will be provided for those who compete in this year’s event.