Ludington Lakestride 5K, 10K & Half Marathon
The Lakestride is held on one of the most beautiful and scenic courses in Michigan, attracting 800-1,000 runners from around the state and beyond. In 2016, 942 runners were registered--266 entrants for the half marathon, 201 for the 10K and 475 ran the 5K.
It began in 1980, and 36 years later, the Ludington Lakestride Half Marathon is stronger than ever. Typically held the second Saturday of June before the summer heat, the one-mile fun run begins Friday at 6pm. Starting line is on the west end of Ludington Avenue in a half mile "out-and-back" run to the Marina Park Playground. This portion of the event is free and there is no pre-registration necessary.
The Lakestride main event on Saturday is actually three races: the 5K run which winds its way through Cartier Park, the 10K which runs out to Decker Road and back, and the Half-Marathon. Here runners start on pavement, then enter the Ludington State Park and make their way over a sand dune. The Lake Michigan setting just adds to the beauty of this race. Ludington is one of the most popular tourist cities in Michigan, thanks to our beaches, lighthouses, State Park, and events like the Lakestride Half Marathon. Races begin at 8am and registration fees range from $32-$42. Packet pick up and late registration is available on Friday from 5-8pm and Saturday from 7-8am at Lakestride Race Central which is in the center of Stearns Park Beach.