Course Information


The Bayshore course is certified by the USATF and is a Boston Qualifier. For more details on the certification here is a link to the USATF website.

The latest Bayshore Newsletter is available here.

For a map of the course click here.

For a map of the Finish Area click here.

Q: Where and when is Packet Pick up?

A: Packet pick-up for the Bayshore Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K will be held at the Traverse City Central High School Gym. Hours will be on Friday night, May 25th from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on race day from 5:00 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. If you are pre registered for the Marathon, Half Marathon, or 10K you can still pick up your packet on Saturday beginning at 5:00 a.m. For driving directions and map to packet pick up here.

Q: What is the course like?

A: Bayshore Marathon is a flat, out and back course that runs along the shores of Grand Traverse Bay. Throughout the race, you have the crystal blue waters of Lake Michigan on one side and Traverse City’s famous cherry trees and orchards on the other. The course begins on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College. On your return trip you return to the Start Line, and then step onto a track for the final quarter mile inside the stadium. The only ‘rise’ on the course falls between the 18 and 19 mile markers.The Half Marathon will start on Devils Dive Rd and go east to Seven Hills Rd. and continue south east to Center Rd. It will then go south to Blue Water Rd. then east to Bluff Rd. where it will join the Marathon course following Bluff, Center Rd. and East Shore Dr. back to Traverse City and the finish line. There will be an approximately 225 foot climb near the beginning of the race before dropping down to Bluff Rd. to join the Marathon course. The 10K course is just like the marathon course except that it turns around at 3 miles instead of 13 miles.

Q: What time does the finish line close?

A. The finish line will close at 1:15PM. Anyone finishing after this time (6 hours for the Marathon) may not receive an official finish time. Center Road reopens at 1:00 PM. Center Road is at mile 20 1/2 to 22 on the Marathon return.

Q: What do you have for aid stations?

A: Aid stations are located at the following mile markers (from the marathon and 10K start): 1, 2, 3.6, 4.6, 6.7, 7.9, 9.5, 10.9, and 12.9.  All aid stations will have water and Gatorade (lemon-lime). Aid stations 3.6(return only) and 10.9 will have Gu. The 2018 Gu flavors are Salted Caramel and Triberry. Aid stations 6.7 and 12.9 will have oranges. For a Bayshore course map click here.

Q: What kind of spectator support can I expect?

A: Traverse City is a small town so we don’t make any claims to being a Chicago or Boston in terms of crowds. You can expect great support at key points along the course, and from citizens offering their own water, music, etc.

Q: Can my friends and family meet me out on the course to run or ride along on a bike?

A: Friends and family CANNOT ride or run along with you. We need to limit all possible traffic on the course and ask you to provide your friends and family with the spectator maps available at registration. With Center Road being closed, spectators should refer to the map to determine where they will have access to the course. Course marshals are given the authority to disqualify you if they determine if you are associated with a bike, unregistered runner, or car on the course.

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