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Cherry-Roubaix Gran Fondo: August 6

The Cherry Roubaix Gran Fondo is a mass start cycling event downtown Traverse City open to cyclists of all levels. The ride starts on Front St. and rolls down the Grandview Parkway, along West Grand Traverse Bay and into Leelanau County.
Riders and racers may register for 20, 51 or 86 mile routes. 51 and 86 mile routes finish on top of Herman Hill in Suttons Bay. Food and water stations along each route for participants. The Hop Lot in Suttons Bay provides food and refreshments after the event. 

Register online at Youth cyclists under the age of 12 register FREE. Presented by Fox Motors BMW of Traverse City,

Swim for Grand Traverse Bay: August 13

A 2-mile point-to-point open water swim from Greilickville Harbor Park to Volleyball Beach in Traverse City. An after-party with food, beverages, games and entertainment will follow next door at Clinch Park. 

Whether you’re a serious swimmer looking for a timed event, a triathlete wanting to practice in open water, a recreational swimmer setting a personal goal for your swimming or someone who is passionate about water quality and making a difference locally, the Swim for Grand Traverse Bay is an exciting, challenging and fun celebration of clean and healthy water in our region.

Wetsuits and technical suits allowed for both competitive/timed and non-competitive starts;  flotation devices and equipment such as snorkels, fins and kickboards allowed for non-competitive start. Take $5 off swimmer or support kayaker registration with code TRED5OFF at checkout.

Proceeds to benefit The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay, which works to protect the Bay and its 1,000-square-mile watershed. More information and registration at

Dune Dash: August 20

Just Dune It!
Join us for the fifth annual Dune Dash 4 mile run/walk Saturday, August 20, 2016. The race course showcases the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail located in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore.

Starting and finishing at the base of the Dune Climb in the Sleeping Bear Dunes, runners follow the flat, paved Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail past rolling dunes and beautiful forests to the turn around point at historic Glen Haven. Don't miss your chance to experience one of the most beautiful scenic runs in Michigan.

All proceeds from this event will go to the continued construction of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail.

Register at

Blue Ribbon Run 5K: September 17

In memory of Curt Barrons, Byte Productions hosts the 2nd Annual Blue Ribbon Run 5K benefiting our local chapter of Us TOO, a prostate cancer education and support group.

The start and finish will be at The Filling Station this year and the course will take you along beautiful Boardman Lake on the TART Trail, passing Oryana and the scenic neighborhoods throughout. 

Enjoy beer and BREAKFAST pizza at The Filling Station after the race. $1 from each pint and 25% of pizza purchases will be donated back to UsTOO.


Until August 21st - $25
After August 21st - $30
Students - $20
Children under 5 - Free

Runners will get t-shirts with registration. for more information.


Remembrance Run/Walk 5K or Adventure Obstacle Course: October 1

The women of the Traverse City Track Club, with the help of our families and friends, organize the Remembrance Run/Walk each year. While the Remembrance Run was established in 1994, we recognized there were many women in our community not only challenged with breast cancer, but also in need of financial assistance for non-medical aspects of their care. Secondary to this need, 1997 saw the birth of northern Michigan’s Women’s Cancer Fund. Every Remembrance Run dollar, above event costs, is donated to the Women’s Cancer Fund.

Registration 8:00 - 9:30 am
Health Fair 8:00 - 11:00 am
Silent Auction 8:00 - 11:15 am
Adventure Obstacle Course 9:00 am
5K & 1-Mile Race/Run/Walk 10:00am for more information.

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TRED Event Calendar

Events in NW Michigan



Swim for Grand Traverse Bay

August 13, 2016



Dune Dash

August 20, 2016



Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Run

September 5, 2016



Blue Ribbon Run

September 17, 2016



Remembrance Run

October 1, 2016