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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Grand Rapids
Karner Blue Butterfly Family Fun Run & 5K
Millennium Park
Saturday, May 16, 2020
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Monarch March Family Fun Run & 5K
Mayor's Riverfront Park
Saturday, June 13, 2020
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Sturgeon Sprint Family Fun Run & 5K
Belle Isle Park
**Postponed to 2021**


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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