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 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 as well.

Volunteers are also needed at all races! We're looking for energetic individuals and organizations to provide great customer service to our 5K participants. Interested in helping with registration, monitoring along the course, handing out medals? We have a spot for everyone!

Contact Lauren for questions at (866) 223-2231 or We hope to see you there!


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The following runs are being offered virtually, in order to continue to promote habitat conservation while complying with Federal, State, and Local guidelines to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Simply select the species you would most like to promote, or include as part of the "Race Series" program, then complete your run/walk at the time and place of your choosing. Remember to share photos from your run on social media using #RaceMInature #michigannature and #karnerblue #monarchmarch #sturgeonsprint


Karner Blue Butterfly Virtual 5K
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Monarch March Virtual 5K
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Sturgeon Sprint Virtual 5K
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The following are to be held as traditional, in-person events with a virtual option:


Moose on the Loose Family Fun Run & 5K
Marquette, MI
Saturday, August 29, 2020
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Rattlesnake Family Fun Run & 5K
Paint Creek Trail
Sunday, September 13, 2020
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Ann Arbor
Turtle Trot Family Fun Run & 5K
Gallup Park
Saturday, September 26, 2020
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Past Events