Bayshore 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 course starts near the turn around point of the Marathon course and follows the same route as the marathon back to the finish line. The 10K course is just like the marathon course except that it turns around at 3 miles instead of 13 miles.

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.


A Top Boston Qualifying Race

The Bayshore Marathon (MI15020SH) is one of the top Boston Marathon qualifying races according to the Boston Athletic Association. Bayshore is known for its flat, fast, and scenic course. The average high temperature is 69 degrees and average low is 45. For more information about qualifying for the Boston Marathon, please visit the BAA Qualifying Page.


Marathon Course Video

Experience the entire TCTC Bayshore Marathon course in less than 7 minutes! The Bayshore Marathon starts on the grounds of Northwestern Michigan College, then winds through one mile of residential neighborhoods. The majority of the race will follow the waterfront along the East Arm of Grand Traverse Bay including Birchwood Drive, East Shore Road, Center Road (M-37) and Bluff Road.

Course Map


Elevation Profile

Full Marathon (10K turns around at about the 3 mile mark)

Full Marathon (10K turns around at about the 3 mile mark)

Half Marathon - After the the first hill at the beginning, enjoy a flat & fast course

Half Marathon - After the the first hill at the beginning, enjoy a flat & fast course


Finish Area

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Aid Stations

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. Aid stations 3.6  and 10.9 will have Gu. Aid stations 6.7 and 12.9 will also have oranges.


The first 75' at each aid station will offer Gatorade (Oranges if applicable), the second zone of approximately 100' will offer water, the final zone of approximately 75' will offer Gatorade (oranges if applicable).

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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.

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 above 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.

All of the Bayshore races will finish on the Traverse City Central High School track. Only registered runners will be allowed inside the fence around the track. All family members and spectators must meet runners outside of the fence. There will be limited handicapped parking for vehicles with the appropriate hang tag or license plate available off of Milliken Dr. Volunteers will assist you. We do have a handicapped accessible bus available up to Gray Rd. Please let Bayshore know ahead of time if possible if this service is needed.

Spectator Buses Available

6:45am for Gray Rd.

Load bus from driveway near Gym doors. This bus will run a continuous loop from TCCHS with no stops until 9:00am. Last bus leaves Gray Rd. at 10:30am to return to TCCHS. Watch for Gray Rd. tall sign indicating where to wait.

7:30am for Bluewater Rd.

Load bus from driveway near west corner of the school. Watch for Bluewater tall sign indicating where to wait. This bus will run a continuous loop from TCCHS to Bluff Rd. Race Course until 9:00am. Last bus leaves Bluewater Rd. at 10:00am for TCCHS.

Strollers and pets of any kind are NOT permitted on buses. Service animals are welcome. A wheelchair accessible bus is available. Please let us know ahead of time by EMAIL if this
is a need.

Even 2018 Boston Marathon winner Desi Linden supports Bayshore runners!

Even 2018 Boston Marathon winner Desi Linden supports Bayshore runners!