Friday, October 7, 2016

100 Half Marathons - Club Challenge of Fifty States Half Marathon Club - Michigan Running Clubs

Michigan half marathon runners and walkers!  Join a great club with lots of challenges to work on, as well as lots of discounts and great members.  Many half marathon runners and walkers out there can’t alway afford to travel around to all 50 states.  The 100 Half Marathons Challenge™ is a perfect alternative!  Join Fifty States Half Marathon Club and work toward your 100 half marathons, and take your time on the other challenges.  All members can work toward all the challenges.

Fifty States Half Marathon Club hosts a big annual meet up in a new state every year, which includes the big annual awards night for all the club members that finish a challenge.  From the 100 Half Marathons Challenge™ to the 50 States Half Marathon Challenge™, or 50 States Endurance Challenge™, runners and walkers will enjoy a great group of members, with lots of opportunity to meet members at races.  Paint your journey on the cool 100 Half Marathons shirts, designed by Fifty States Half Marathon Club, or the map back design as you work toward 50 states.



Additionally, there is the 500 Endurance Challenge™, the 7 Continents Endurance Challenge™, and the new Canada 10 Provinces Half Marathon Challenge™.  A description of each challenge can be found at the official website of Fifty States Half Marathon Club.

Beautiful, classy awards when you finish a challenge!

Join the club and start working toward your 100 half marathons, or 50 states, at

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Race Reviews for Half Marathons in Michigan

Do you have a race review for a half marathon in Michigan?  If so, feel free to submit a half marathon review for consideration!   Here are some great topics runners like to read about in your half marathon review:

Was the race website organized and informative?  Distances visible on home page, full address of location for out of state visitors, city and state visible of non-local participants, details about course, critical info easily found, etc.

Was the race well organized?  Packet pick up, expo, start time, timing, support?

Did this race have an expo, or just a small packet pickup?

Were enough volunteers recruited? How was on course support?  Enough food?  Enough water?

How was the post race party?  Good food? Music?  Enough food?  Enough refreshments & recovery food or drinks? Describe.

How was the medal? below average? average? excellent?  beyond excellent, pretty cool?
Do you have a photo to share of your bling to include?

How was the swag?  Any awesome swag?  Brand of shirt?

How was the cost of the race compared to most half marathons?  about average, a great deal, way too expensive for the swag, bling and support that was provided, well worth the cost for the swag, bling, post race party and support received?

Was this a small race, a medium sized race, or large race?

Was the course scenic?  What was the highlight of the course (or highlights of the course)?
What made the course fun (or totally boring)?
Do you have any good scenic course photos to send us?

Describe the course.  Was it flat?  Rollers the whole way?  Flat with one big monster hill?  All up?  All down?  All up then all down? etc.  Was it shaded?  Trees, dessert, mountainous, city streets, all neighborhoods, through a park, etc?

We love to hear from our half marathon runners about all the half marathon races out there that you love, like, or didn't care for, and appreciate your feedback.  We may share your review in multiple locations such as our half marathon blogs, or possibly even on  You can ask to be published anonymously if you'd like, but we do need your information in order to publish.

Happy Running!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Michigan Half Marathons 2014 - 2015 - New and Improved Multi-Device View half marathon calendar is rolling out a more Multi-Device friendly version of their website, and Michigan Half Marathons page is complete.  Check out 2014 half marathons in Michigan on the Michigan Half Marathon Calendar today! The 2015 half marathons in Michigan are starting to roll in as well.

or visit the home page ... Half Marathon Calendar USA

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Run a Half Marathon for Wine in Michigan

Need the state of Michigan, and love wine?  The 13.Wine Half Marathon is set to take place on August 24, 2014. Post race features wine tasting & beer party. All finishers receive tech shirt, finisher medals, and a 13.Wine logo wine glass! However, runners will work for this wine & beer, it is a challenging course. This is a ROAD half marathon. The area is known as the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail because there are several wineries in a small radius. 

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Michigan 4th Highest Half Marathon Growth Rate in the Nation

Every year, our staff at analyzes the growth of half marathons in the United States.  We recently completed our annual calculations and report Michigan to be the 4th highest growth state in the United States (TIED with Virginia) for half marathon growth over the past year, following California, which usually leads the growth rate year after year due to the state size and population, Oregon and Colorado.  Michigan added 12 half marathons to their grand total over the past year.  Half marathons and other active events also bring revenue to small towns and cities, which can be great for businesses. Great job Michigan for making the top 5, and leading the way in the Active Community!!!

California Half Marathons  - over 50 half marathons added
Oregon Half Marathons - 21 half marathons added
Colorado Half Marathons - 15 half marathons added
Michigan Half Marathons - 12 half marathons added
Virginia Half Marathons - 12 half marathons added
Missouri Half Marathons - 11 half marathons added
Washington Half Marathons - 10 half marathons added
Tennessee Half Marathons - 6 half marathons added
Nebraska Half Marathons - 5 half marathons added
Arkansas Half Marathons - 5 half marathons added

Copyright 2013 Half Marathon Calendar

Saturday, July 27, 2013

2014 Michigan Half Marathons

Do you have a 2014 Michigan half marathon date update or a new half marathon to add?  We are updating our half marathon calendar for 2014 as your dates are updated, so make sure to send us on over any Detroit half marathons, Upper Michigan half marathons, Grand Rapids half marathons, Ann Arbor half marathons, or any other Michigan half marathon 2014 dates!  

Michigan Half Marathon Calendar 2013 and 2014

Want to advertise your event?  We have great ad prices on our half marathon calendar as well!  Get visibility on one of the most up to date half marathon calendars on the web!

Click here to view our media kit and various advertising prices and deals.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Inaugural Detroit Women's Half Marathon & 5k to Kick Off September 22, 2013

The inaugural Detroit Women's Half Marathon and 5k will kick off in Detroit this September with lots of great swag for all you women, including CHOCOLATE, Finisher medals with a detachable charm, personalized bibs, and cute soft 50/50 blend t-shirts.  This race is also walker friendly, with a max time limit of 4 hours.

The race will also host a Buffet style Pre-Race Pasta dinner for $12.95 at the Hilton Garden Inn Detroit downtown.

Fifty 50 States HALF Marathon Club members will receive a 10% discount to this event!

Click here to visit ALL Michigan Half Marathons

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Happy National Running Day to all you Michigan Runners

Wishing all you Michigan runners out there an extra special National Running day! Runners united like never before this year, and we are so grateful to be a part of such an awesome community full of all you awesome runners.

All the best, From your Running Friends at Fifty 50 States HALF Marathon Club and Half Marathon Calendar USA!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Discount to June 2013 Charlevoix Half Marathon - There is STILL TIME to Register!

Run a beautiful course in one of the most beautiful cities in the US!  The Charlevoix Marathon & Half Marathon is set for June 22, 2013.

Great course. Incredible awards. Amazing medals. Outstanding food. The best volunteers! Fully stocked aid stations AND MORE!

Fifty States HALF Marathon Club members receive a discount to this event.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Michigan Half Marathon Runners, Marathoners & Triathletes - Join the Challenge!

Join in Michigan runners and triathletes, and take the Challenge!  Whether you are a half marathon runner, a full marathon runner, a half ironman triathlete or go long for the full ironman triathlons, OR like to do a little bit of all, ... we have a challenge for you!  Choose from 3 challenges .........

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Have a Michigan Half Marathon Race Review? OR are you a Michigan Race Director or Event Organizer?

Feel free to share with us your Half Marathon race reviews.

What to share?

Course description:  flat, hilly, rollers, scenic

Best moment of the race?

What could they improve on if anything?




Aid Stations?

Post Party entertainment?


Are you a Race Director or Event Organizer and want to improve your website for athletes?
Read the Article at this site
What do you Include on your Website?:  

Do you want to advertise your event on one of our State Pages at
 Half Marathon Calendar 2012 ?
We are running a special, advertise 2 consecutive months or longer and we'll give you the ad for only $100/month!!!!
Contact us for availability of the ad spot you'd like.

Thursday, November 3, 2011


Cold Weather Training
Article By: Paul “Crazy Legs” Stofko RRCA Running Coach
November 3, 2011

Cold weather training requires a little extra planning and protection before you head out the door. Your body loses heat quickly in cold weather due to convection (heat loss due to motion), conduction (transfer of heat due to temperature changes), evaporation of moisture, and radiation (transfer of energy caused by the difference between skin temperature and ambient temperature). The right layers will protect you from the elements without weighing you down. Cold can take it toll on your performance and comfort. And frostbitten skin is always a risk. But if you take some simple precautions, you can maintain your mileage in anything weather winter bring your way.

The challenge in dressing for winter training is not only to keep the winter chill and wetness out, but to manage the heat and moisture your body produces as well. Even in subfreezing temperatures your body produces a lot of heat and sweat. You can produce up to two liters per hour when running. Water conducts heat away from your body 25 times faster than air – great in summer, but dangerous in cold temperatures. Staying dry under your layers is critical and can impact heart rate, as well as comfort, dryness, and warmth.

Here are some tips for dressing in layers:

First Layer

Forget cotton. It holds moisture next to your skin. Choose the new lightweight, moisture-wicking fabrics that hold a very small percentage of their weight in moisture. Performance microfibers hold less than on percent of their weight in water compared to 17% wool or 8% cotton.

Second Layer

If you running in very cold weather, you may need a middle layer to trap the warmth your muscles generate. Choose a layer that produces maximum warmth with minimum bulk. Synthetic fibers have an advantage of staying drier than natural ones.

Outer Layer

Fibers have been developed that block the elements without trapping too much heat and moisture underneath. Look for waterproof fabrics that vent.

Hands and Head

Up to 40% of your body’s heat loss occurs from the head due to a large blood supply, extra surface area, and the mucus membranes of the nose and mouth. Choose thin microfiber hats and lightweight gloves liners for your hands.

Don’t forget your feet

Cotton is a bad choice for socks. Look for synthetic socks that won’t hold moisture and become packed down when damp.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Michigan Half Marathons, Half Marathon Runners, Race Directors & Event Organizers

Hi Michigan Half Marathon Runners, Race Directors and Event Organizers.  Feel free to email us Half Marathon race news and stories to post on our blog.  To send news, articles or fun information, please send us which Half Marathon State Blog you'd like it posted in at   CONTACT US

Also if you'd like your event or any other discounts to be added to the official Fifty States HALF Marathon Club Member Discount List that goes out to all our members across the United States, please send your event, website link and race discount code to be added for our official members to use.  Our members like to choose from races on our discount list when they look at choosing a half marathon in your state.  Send to  CONTACT US  and in return we will help promote your event.

If your Half Marathon event is missing from the Half Marathon Race Calendar found at and would like to be added, please send the event date, name, and website link to   CONTACT US

Monday, March 22, 2010


Saturday, Apr. 10 The Martian Marathon & Half Marathon Dearborn Heights, MI

Saturday, Apr. 24 Borgess Run For The Health Of It Half Marathon & 5K Kalamazoo, MI

Sunday, Apr. 25 Running Fit Trail Marathon & Half Marathon Pinckney, MI

Saturday, May 29 Bayshore Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K Traverse City, MI

FOR LINKS to half marathons, we are currently working to update our half marathon calendar at Fifty States HALF Marathon Club
Please let us know if we are missing any half marathons for April or May 2010. Thank you!

Sunday, October 11, 2009


ANNOUNCEMENT - ANNOUNCEMENT - ANNOUNCEMENT - WE ARE HAVING A DRAWING! FOR THOSE WHO JOIN Fifty States HALF Marathon Club MEMBERSHIP by November 1st 2009 (starting today), you will be entered into our DRAWING to win a $300 Gift card to a RUNNING STORE of YOUR CHOICE! Perfect for your new pair of shoes and all your running gadgets! You have until midnight Nov1st2009 to become a member and be entered into the drawing. Drawing will take place on November 2nd 2009, winner will be contacted immediately and posted on our website.

To become a member, please visit our Website and click on MEMBERSHIP. From the MEMBERSHIP Page, you can click on Start your challenge link and it will bring you to our Member Login page, and you can join there. Thanks!

Monday, September 7, 2009

HALF Marathon Runners and Race Directors in MICHIGAN

Feel free to post favorite races, half marathon events, and anything and everything related to HALF Marathons in Michigan!

For Race directory of Michigan HALF Marathons, go to

If interested in taking on a 50 STATE CHALLENGE or a 100 HALF ANYWHERE CHALLENGE, please check out Fifty States HALF Marathon Club at