Spring here in northern Michigan means robins, trillium and morel mushrooms. It also means the beginning of the jogging/running/biking season and other outdoor activities meant to strengthen the body and relax the mind.

The Petoskey Area offers not only a variety of trails and venues for getting in touch with your healthier self, but also hosts several competitive biking, running and swimming events throughout the year. If you love to be outside and be active, this is the place to do it. The views in our lakeside communities of Boyne City, Petoskey, Bay Harbor and Harbor Springs are incredible. When you’re done with your event, the fun’s not over; there’s a wealth of other activities to take part in so you get a well-rounded and fun day that may even end with a million dollar sunset.

Mark your calendars and book your lodging now so you don’t miss these terrific events. Ready. Set. Go.

May 20 – Run for Their Lives Humane Society 5K Run, Boyne City

May 20 – 28th Annual Zoo-de-Mackinac Bike Tour, Harbor Springs to Mackinac Island

May 27 – Top of Michigan Community Marathon/Half Marathon/10K Run/Walk, Charlevoix, Petoskey, Harbor Springs

June 3 – Dirty Dog Dash, Boyne Falls 

June 3 – Harbor Springs Cycling Classic, Harbor Springs

June 17 – Michigan Mountain Mayhem Spring Classic, Boyne City

July 4 – Watch our calendar of events for 4th of July races, locations vary

July 15 – Bear River Crawl, Petoskey

July 16 –  9th Annual Little Traverse Triathlon, Harbor Springs

July 22 – TriWalloon Triathlon/Duathlon, Walloon Lake Village

August 13 – Petoskey Triathlon, Petoskey

August 13 – Coastal Crawl, Harbor Springs

August 25-27 – Michigan Mountain Bike Festival, Boyne Falls

August 26 – The Highlander Mountain Bike Race, Harbor Springs

September 3 – Boyne City Triathlon, Boyne City

September 16 – Harbor Springs Cycling Classic, Harbor Springs

September 30 – Little Traverse Half Marathon and 10K Run/Walk, Bay Harbor, Petoskey, Harbor Springs

October 7 – Michigan Mountain Mayhem Gravel Grinder, Boyne City

‘Fresh air impoverishes the doctor’ ~ Danish Proverb


About the author

Diane Dakins is passionate about all the lakeside communities that comprise the Petoskey Area of northern Michigan: Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor and Boyne City. As assistant director of the Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau, she has “been there – seen that” when it comes to virtually every area attraction. Her blogs give potential visitors the scoop on planning a northern Michigan vacation.