From Halloween Hustles to the Free Press Marathon: Your guide to races throughout Michigan this October

October racesWith the changing leaves and fall scenery, you’re likely to have a beautiful view while running a race this month. Whether you’re tackling all 26.2 miles of the Detroit Free Press Marathon, cheering on friends at the Zombie Dash, or running/walking a local 5K, this time of the year in Michigan is perfect for any distance or fitness level.

Here are some upcoming races where you can run, walk, cheer or volunteer over the next few weeks:


Upper Peninsula and Mackinac Island

West Michigan

Southeast Michigan

Central Michigan

  • October 5: Try the newest Frankenmuth road race, the Bridge Race Half Marathon & 5K.
  • October 5: After completing the Octoberfest Beer Run 5K in Midland, runners over the age of 21 can enjoy a traditional Oktoberfest festival.
  • October 6: Celebrate University of Michigan’s homecoming with the first annual Homecoming Hustle 5K.
  • October 12: Wiard’s Orchard, voted number one horror attraction in Michigan, hosts  Run, Scream, Run 5K & 10K in Ypsilanti.
  • October 13: Enjoy the Halloween Hustle 5K in Lansing with treats, games and activities to help raise money for at risk children in Ingham County.
  • October 13: Qualify for the Boston Marathon, enjoy the Falling Waters Trail or take a walk with the family at Concord’s 5th Annual Wild Life Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K.

Will we see you on the course at any of these upcoming races? Visit our Google+ page for more race day tips, motivation, nutrition advice and all things running in the Mitten State.

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  1. Jesse Stewart 2 months ago

    Thank you for the great list of races!! Is there any chance we could get added to your list?

    Midland Parks and Recreation is teaming up with the Rock Center 4 Youth Development to offer Midland’s second annual 5K Zombie Trail Run/Walk! The 5K Zombie Run will take place on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Midland City Forest.

    Midland Parks and Recreation
    4811 N. Saginaw Rd., Midland, MI 48640

    • Angela HernandezLoyd Angela HernandezLoyd 2 months ago

      Thanks for letting us know about your event! We will be sure to include this in our next fall race round up (check back tomorrow!) :) -Angela.