Welcome to Charlevoix!
*UPDATE MAY 19TH, 2020 -
Hello Athletes, For all of the runners hoping to race in the virtual race on June 20, 2020 AND receive a finisher medal, bib and race t-shirt, you may click HERE to register for $30.00. If you were already registered for the 2020 event which was postponed, you will automatically be entered into the 2021 race at no further cost.
*UPDATE MAY 15TH, 2020 4:30 pm -
Dear Athletes, Friends and Family - most of you are all three of those to us.
Sadness, frustration, disappointment, confusion. Those words don’t even begin to describe the feelings we have been slogging through the last two months. For some, the Charlevoix Marathon is an excuse to have a run-cation in a beautiful town, others it’s a quick way to qualify for Boston, or a lifelong challenge to push your body 26.2/13.1 miles across our finish line.
To us, our family and friends who produce the event, it is our dinner talk every Thanksgiving, it’s our daily phone calls to each other on “What color should the shirts be this year? The medal isn’t BIG enough? Should we do TWO bacon stations this year or just one? How can we make this year the best year ever?” If you’ve run this race before, you know how much love and attention goes into it. You can feel the love from our town and our shops when you walk around town Sunday morning with a little limp and a finisher medal around your neck. You can feel the love when you check into your hotel or Bed & Breakfast. You’re the kick off to our summer, you’re the kick off to our economy, and you’re an inspiration to everyone.
That’s why we couldn’t just give up on the 2020 race. We thought, if there was a chance to make it happen, then we were going to hold on until the very end to figure it out. The 2020 Charlevoix Marathon is officially postponed until June 19, 2021. There. We said it. It hurts.
We appreciate your messages and understand your comments. We understand your point that we’re outside, or we can social distance at the start line, or that second home owners are already in town for the summer and we haven’t had a new coronavirus case in over a month, or there’s more people touching at Home Depot than there would be at Packet Pick Up. Those points make sense. Trust us. But we would feel absolutely terrible if we hosted a non-essential event and something tragic came from it.
All 2020 Registered Athletes are automatically transferred to the 2021 event with no hidden fees. You are also able to change your race distance. If you want to switch from the half to the marathon, there is a price difference and you can make the switch simply by emailing us. That’s it.
We appreciate your patience and understanding. Financially, this is hard on our organization as you could imagine. We have already purchased 2020 medals, made down payments on shirts, permits, marketing, design fees, insurance, etc. The moment you register for our event, your money is put to work, that is why it’s not as simple as it seems to defer you to next year. We’re still doing it, and we’re not looking for sympathy, just understanding that refunds are impossible.
Is there any good news today? Well, besides the fact that we’re all healthy enough to run a race, which we’re super thankful for, we do want to end this letter with some positive news. We are going to host a free, virtual run on June 20, 2020. Please email if you would like to participate and she will mail you an official bib and instructions. You will still be able to race in the 2021 Charlevoix Marathon using your 2020 deferment.
This letter was hard to write. June 20 will be a sad day around our beautiful Charlevoix but we will survive and host the event again. We appreciate all your love and support. We can’t wait to see you all very soon.
Until then, enjoy those miles,
The Suffolk Family
Welcome to the Charlevoix Marathon! We are so excited to host you on one of the most beautiful running courses in the world. Whether you're trying to qualify for Boston in the full marathon, or challenging yourself at our half marathon, 10km or 5km course, you're in for an amazing start line on the famous Bridge Street, along Lake Michigan and finishing in old town Charlevoix and Round Lake!
There are so many reasons that Running Magazine named the Charlevoix Marathon as one of the best "Small Town Marathons" in the nation. Maybe it's the great lodging, where you can roll out of bed and walk to the start line, or it's the beautiful packet pick up/expo location over seeing the Beaver Island Ferry and gorgeous Round Lake. Maybe it's the great dining before and after the race in historic downtown. The course ventures through beautiful Charlevoix neighborhoods, around our ski mountain "Mount McSauba", down the tree lined roads, along the lakeshore and then turn around at the vast Little Traverse Bay. The course has just enough running traffic to feel the excitement of a big marathon, without any of the pains of major crowds.
Whatever your reason, come be our guest at one of the best marathons in the United States!