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 first race of the series, the Karner Blue Butterfly Family Fun Run & 5K, is in Grand Rapids on May 22 at Millennium Park. The remaining five races will take place over the summer and into fall. 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.
- 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 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