Upcoming Events

GO WILD -Women's Adventure

August 8th-10th, 2021

OUTDOORS IS IN

Join us for a women’s only retreat full of adventure and education.  GO WILD is geared toward beginners ready to explore and learn new skills to adventure outdoors. Friends, siblings, mother daughter groups are all encouraged.

Day hikes range from 1-6 miles.   

$199 Package includes outdoor skills instruction, guided hikes, Monday lunch and dinner.   

GO WILD and pitch a tent. Stay on property starting at $29 per night. Tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad available for rental including camping instruction. Campsite includes portal restroom only. Call Janice at 231.631.1373 to book campsite and rental.   

or

Cabin rental available at Crystal Adventures starting at $109 per night. Call Crystal Adventures to rent a cabin and mention GO WILD for the room discount. 

231.378.2831 or www.crystaladventures.com

Adventure Outline

Sunday

  • 4pm – Live Raptor Education Presentation. This event is open to public ticket sales but included in the GO WILD package. 
  • 5pm Check-In and tent set up
  • 7pm Welcome circle followed by skills session – fire building and hiking gear overview.
  • 9pm -Campfire social with S’mores.

Monday

  • 9am- Skill sessions – Trail food, Essentials, and Trail Safety.
  • 10:30am – Warm up Hike with knot skills and rope demonstration.
  • 12pm – Day hike (s) with lunch on the trail. Skill sessions-Map and Compass.
  • Break
  • 6:30pm Dinner at local distillery (dinner included).
  • 9pm Campfire Social

Tuesday

  • 9am – On property hike. Skill session- Tent and Tarps.
  • 11am – Closing

What to bring! 

Bring your outdoor curiosity and skills questions. We will cover many skill topics.

  • Small light weight backpack – school bag or smaller 
  • Lightweight rain jacket
  • Hiking shoes or boots – any type of trail shoe 
  • Hiking clothes to layer including pants, shorts, long sleeve shirt or jacket. No jeans please.  
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle or hydration pack
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Breakfast food 
  • Guitar – if you would like to share a song at the campfire

For more information  please contact North Mitten adventures at 231 631 1373 or jdavidson@northmittenevents.com

New BESTIE VALLEY TRAIL RUN
September 19th, 2021

Celebrate summer and welcome fall with the new Betsie Valley Trail Half Marathon, 10k & 5k.   All  courses are out and back on the Betsie Valley Trail starting in Thompsonville at the Webber Sports Complex (ballfield).  Plus a 1 Mile Fun Run for all ages at the ballfield.

The Betsie Valley Trail offers an excellent flat aggregate trail surface, hard enough for road bikes and excellent for runners.  The trail crosses both Dair Creek and the Betsie River. The beautiful trail passes through a wetland and mile after mile of pine and hardwood upland forests. The Betsie Valley Trail is built on the bed of the former Ann Arbor Railroad and now part of the Rails to Trails system. Learn more at www.betsievalleytrail.org

North Mitten events supports and promotes the Betsie Valley Trail as a valued community resource. A portion of the proceeds from the Half Marathon, 10k and 5k AND all proceeds from the 1 Mile Fun Run is donated to the Friends of the Betsie Valley Trail. 

Registration

Online Registration opens July 10th -September 17th or until space is filled.   Onsite registration is available at packet pick up if space remains.

Half Marathon, 10k and 5k registration fee includes a race tee or tree, chip timing, live results/tracking, custom bib, custom finisher medal and post-race food.

1 Mile Fun Run registration fee includes custom bib and custom Betsie Valley Trail sticker! The Fun Run is not timed.

All registrants receive a beautiful in person running course and an experience we hope you will cherish forever!

Event Schedule

Saturday, Sept 18th

  • 4pm -6pm             Packet pick up

Sunday, Sept 19th

  • 7 am -8:30am        Late packet pick up
  • 8:00am                    Half Marathon start
  • 8:30am                    10k start
  • 9:00am                    5k start
  • 9:30am                    Fun Run late registration and bib pick up at the ballpark.
  • 10:15am                    Live awards
  • 11:00am                    1 Mile Fun Run at ballpark
  • 11:15am                     Drawing for $100 gift certificate
  • 12 pm                        Course closes
 
  

You don’t want to miss this program. 

Join us for a one hour live program presented by North  Sky Raptor Sanctuary.  Learn the wild wonders of raptors and meet them up close. 

 $10 per person, $5 for children 6 and under. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. 

North Mitten Half Marathon 10K & 5K
May 29th, 2022

Thank you for running the 2021 North Mitten Half Marathon,10K & 5K!  We hope to see you next year. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates.  

Plant A Tree Project

NORTH MITTEN is planting trees with your help!  The PLANT A TREE project is a continued effort to plant trees in Northern Michigan and beyond.  North Mitten pledges to plant one tree for every North Mitten participate. Run a race, go on an Adventure or take an Education Class and because of you, we will plant a tree!  Trees are planted every spring.

This effort is ongoing and updates will be posted as they become available.

Most recently, NORTH MITTEN supplied over 100 individual runners of the North Mitten Half Marathon, 10k & 5k potted (thanks to Inner-Coastal) Sugar Maple trees to take home and plant in their yards. 

 In May North Mitten donated  100  Red Pine trees to the Grand Traverse Land Conservancy. The trees were installed by volunteers at the Lower Woodcock Lake Nature Preserve to help restore habitat, guide users toward established trails and aid in the Conservancy’s goal of implementing nature-based solutions to climate change. This 230 acre property features the entirety of a 22-acre lake, a half-mile of the Platte River and and was opened to the public in 2020 with a short trail that takes users to the lake.

PLANTED TREE COUNT to date 224.

TREES COUNT scheduled to plant next spring 308.

More to come.

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