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Stars Stripes & Splatter 5K - June 29th

Stars Stripes & Splatter

Stars, Stripes, and Splatter 5k returns June 29 for a morning of patriotic family-friendly fun!

Stars, Stripes, and Splatter is a color run style event with color stations featuring patriotic colors. The 3.1-mile course starts at Jazz Live Field on the grounds of Grand Traverse Resort and Spa and loops back to the start area. Show up early and get decked out in complimentary red, white, and blue swag so that you hit the road in style. Along the run route, you will run through five color stations.

The race ends with an after-party with refreshments, an inflatable obstacle course, group color toss, awards, and a spray down area. Don't forget your wallet — our volunteer partners, Habitat for Humanity-Grand Traverse Region will be running a dunk tank to fund raise!

Kids Run For Free!

Of course, it's not a family friendly race without the whole family! Registration is free for children 12 and under with an adult entry. Children must pre-register to receive their complimentary entry.

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Meijer Festival of Races - July 6th

Dune Dash

On Saturday, July 6th thousands prepare to run one of four races that make up the National Cherry Festival's Meijer Festival of Races presented by Cherry Bay Orchards.

A 5K, 10K, 15K and Half Marathon make up the selection of races that start on the east side of Traverse City and end on Front Street, in the heart of Downtown Traverse City.

At the end of the race route all participants will receive a fresh cup of cherries provided by Cherry Bay Orchards to aid in the muscle recovery process. 

Prices will increase after June 1 and space is limited for the Chateau Grand Traverse Half Marathon. Register now at

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Dune Dash 4 Mile Run/Walk - August 17th

Dune DashJust Dune It Again! Join us for the Eighth Annual Dune Dash 4-mile run/walk on Saturday, August 17, 2019.

The race course showcases the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail located in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Starting and finishing at the base of the Dune Climb, runners follow the paved Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail past rolling dunes and beautiful forests to the turn around point at historic Glen Haven.

Your summer race calendar isn't complete until you experience what runners from all over the United States and around the world already know as the most beautiful race in Michigan.

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

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TRED Event Listing

What is TRED? 

Traverse Region Event Directive’s mission is to celebrate healthy living through the promotion of quality competitive events in the Greater Grand Traverse Area.

The TRED email newsletter is a monthly email blast that reaches over 13,000 people in the Grand Traverse area. Our goal is to share information and to bring the power of numbers to each event, promoting quality athletic events in our amazing location. Be sure to check out our event calendar to find out what is going on in and around Traverse City. If you are a runner, a cyclist or anyone that appreciates healthy living this is the place for you. Visit our TREDNorth website at

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TRED Event Calendar

Events in NW Michigan


Stars, Stripes & Splatter 5K

June 30, 2019


Cherry Festival Meijer Festival of Races

July 6, 2019


Dune Dash 4 Mile Run/Walk

August 17, 2019