Thursday, Jun 30, 2016

Show your support for protecting Michigan’s rare, threatened and endangered species -- and experience Pure Michigan at its finest!

The Michigan Nature Association is hosting the Race for Michigan Nature, a statewide series of Family Fun Runs & 5Ks stretching from Belle Isle in Detroit to Marquette in the U.P. Each race spotlights one of Michigan's rarest species and helps promote the importance of protecting Michigan’s remaining natural areas. The runs are endorsed by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports and each qualifies for the Pure Michigan Challenge. Join us for the race nearest you, or take the challenge and run all six! 

Participants learn about Michigan's endangered species, receive race t-shirts, medals, and complimentary memberships to the Michigan Nature Association. Each 5K race will be timed and there are prizes for the male and female overall winners. Not a runner? No problem! Walkers are welcome, too! Bring the whole family! Kids can walk/run their own short course and receive a complimentary membership in MNA's Junior Explorers Kids Club.

The races and locations are listed below. Early registration is open! Contact Cassie for questions at (866)223-2231 or We hope to see you there!


Karner Blue Butterfly Family Fun Run & 5K

Sunday, May 22

Millennium Park, Grand Rapids



Kirtland’s Warbler Family Fun Run & 5K

Saturday, June 4

North Higgins Lake State Park, Roscommon



Turtle Trot - Family Fun Run & 5K

Saturday, July 30

Gallup Park, Ann Arbor



Sturgeon Sprint Family Fun Run & 5K

Sunday, August 14

Belle Isle State Park, Belle Isle, Detroit



Moose on the Loose Family Fun Run & 5K

Saturday, August 27

Presque Isle Park, Marquette



Rattlesnake Run - Family Fun Run & 5K

Saturday, October 1

Paint Creek Trail, Rochester