( 11 reviews )
100% of reviewers recommend this race
  • Charlevoix,
    United States
  • June
  • 3 miles/5K, 6 miles/10K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon
  • Road Race
  • Event Website


Chicago, Illinois, United States
20 6
"Run Up North: Part 2"
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Julie 's thoughts:

This was my second year running the Charlevoix Half Marathon. This time, I shared the experience with my sister, who had never done a race before. When we'd finished, I asked if she'd consider doing another one. She smiled and said "Yeah- I think so!" Who knows? She may even be inspired to do a full marathon after this!

The Charlevoix Half is great because it's an easy out-and-back and is shady for a lot of the course, so no matter what weather you get, it's do-able. Lucky for us, we had a perfect day! The elevation is relatively flat, but there are a few slow-grade hills that reminded me it wasn't Chicago. My sister is from Atlanta and had trained in "real hills," so it was no problem for her. In general, I feel like this is a great race for anyone to do and, for vacationers, can offer the perfect fitness activity before a long day of laying on the dock. Parking is free until 1pm on the day of the race, so many local businesses reaped the benefits of post-race shoppers milling in and out. I'd recommend Scovie's, which is right on Bridge Street. Their cherry-chicken salad is incredible, and I don't even like mayonnaise.

In short, this is a race I plan to do on an annual basis and would recommend it to anyone who might be interested in running up north!

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