Endurance Events

North Mitten Half Marathon /10K / 5K & 1 MILE
NEW DATE! May 13th, 2023


REGISTRATION for the 2023 North Mitten Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and NEW 1 Mile Fun Run opens JANUARY 1st at 12am! 

Kick off the NEW YEAR with a registration to the 9th annual North Mitten Half Marathon! 

The North Mitten Half Marathon, 10k and 5k will take place at Crystal Mountain on Saturday May 13th. All racers recieve a rooming discount code.

 The signature HALF MARATHON course is a beautiful combination of pavement,  trail and back country roads.   DON’T MISS IT!  

-1 Mile RUN FOR THE BIRDS fun run! All proceeds benefit NORTH SKY RAPTOR SANCTUARY!  

-RAISE A GLASS in celebration at the finish line with an adult refreshment provided by STORMCLOUD BREWERY. 

 We look forward to seeing you at the North Mitten!

                                                        RACE DAY COUNTDOWN


September 23, 2023


Celebrate summer and welcome fall with the Betsie Valley Trail Half Marathon, 10k, 5k and 1 mile fun run. All courses start in Thompsonville at the Webber Sports Complex (ballfield) and are out and back on the Betsie Valley Trail.

The Betsie Valley Trail offers an excellent flat aggregate trail surface, that is 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.


North Mitten events is dedicated to People and Planet health. Our goal is to spread positive people and planet impressions in our community and beyond.

North Mitten pledges these eco-conscience and community-based efforts for the Betsie Valley Trail Run.

  •  To maintain a clean and litter free trail and sports complex.
  •  To be consumer conscience and provide only products of use.
  •  To discourage waste and encourage runners to carry water bottles or hydration systems instead of using aid station cups.
  •  To avoid plastic and single use products.
  • To provide only compostable supplies when single use is unavoidable.
  •  To compost, reuse or recycle food and supplies.
  •  To source food and supplies locally.  
  • To purchase organic cotton, hemp or recycled materials.
  • To donate one tree per participant to the North Mitten PLANT A TREE project.


Online Registration opens April 1st and closes September 14th, 2022.  

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!


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.

In 2021, NORTH MITTEN provided over 170 Sugar Maple trees to race participants that chose to skip the tee and plant a tree instead.  Trees were potted by Inner Coastal.  

NORTH MITTEN donated another 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 was opened to the public in 2020 with a short trail that takes users to the lake.

In April of 2022, North Mitten donated nearly 900 trees to the Human Nature School and the Grand Traverse Land Conservancy. More information on these events to come.

PLANTED TREE COUNT to date: 2079.

Additional TREES COUNT scheduled to plant: 624.  

Is your public organization in need of trees? Contact North Mitten for a possible donation.