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Race Dates

2018: Saturday, May 26, 2018
2017: Saturday, May 27, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Mostly Flat
Type: Out and Back
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 56°F (13°C)
Average High: 69°F (20°C)
Average Low: 43° F (6°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 99.21
Course Score: 99.21

Race Size

2017: 1,705 Finishers
2016: 2,012 Finishers
2015: 2,041 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 18.7%
2016: 10.2%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The Bayshore Marathon course is mostly flat and one of the fastest Spring marathons.

The Bayshore Marathon starts on the grounds of Northwestern Michigan College and then winds through one mile of residential neighborhoods. Most of the race is along the waterfront beside the East Arm of Grand Traverse Bay - including Birchwood Drive, East Shore Road, Center Road (M-37) and Bluff Road. The course is flat, 100% paved and shaded along much of the route.

Marathon Rankings

The Bayshore Marathon was the 45th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 43rd largest in 2016.

Last year 18.7% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 10.2% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Bayshore Marathon the 68th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 196th highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 99.21 ranks it as the 155th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 6th fastest course in Michigan.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Bayshore Marathon a PR Score of 99.21. This PR Score ranks it as the 109th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest in Michigan.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 629 feet (191m)
Min Elevation: 583 feet (177m)


Recent Bayshore Marathon Reviews

4.8 Stars from 6 Reviews
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review of 2017 Bayshore Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


Everything about the race was good. Not too hot, not too cold, and this is coming from someone who struggles with overheating issues. One thing that would be nice would be actual pacers, its gotten big enough that the event coordinators should consider getting some.

Race Tips

They have orange and Gu stations along the trail, but only towards the middle/end.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Book hotels early, I ended up having to stay in Cadillac an hour away.

review of 2017 Bayshore Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


I liked how the home owners contributed to the event. They made the experience great. I did not enjoy the curve of the road as my ankles did hurt after a while. I will run this again!

Race Tips

It is almost impossible for family/friends to come cheer you on as the road is blocked off to traffic, and that is why the home owners are a vital role in the motivation of runners. I was impressed. I would have family and friends see you off and welcome you back to the finish.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

review of 2016 Bayshore Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


2016 was wicked hot but that didn't matter- this is an absolutely beautiful course that always draws an awesome group of runners and awesome spectators. You will definitely have spectators offering out candy and beer if you're there to have fun but there's awesome aid stations and a view almost the entire course that can't be beat. The elevation profile is a little deceiving, there are a few "rolling" hills which aren't terrible as long as you know it's not a pancake flat course. I love this marathon!!

Race Tips

My only complaint about this marathon is that there are no pacers.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

I've stayed at Park Place and the Westbay Beach. Westbay has a shuttle to the start and Park Place is a very easy walk to a shuttle.

review of 2015 Bayshore Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Awesome scenery, good crowd, nice medal and post race treats.

Race Tips

Out and back course. It warms up quickly this time of year. First couple hours not much sun.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Book a hotel or Airbnb early!

review of 2012 Bayshore Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Limited size (2500) marathon with beautiful water views along Grand Traverse Bay, great local support. Finish is on a high school track at the base of the Mission Peninsula, which runs between the two arms of Grand Traverse Bay. Pre-race Pasta dinner is a bit basic - but good. If you like fine dining, Poppycock and Cafe Amical, among others, set a good table.

Race Tips

Even though it\'s a mostly flat course, starting a little slower than you think necessary pays off. Bring warm post-race clothes, so you can enjoy the local Moomer's ice cream without getting hypothermic.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

TC is a resort town, and there is a wide range of accommodations, but the places near the Mission Peninsula tend to fill up if the weather is warm. Check to see if your hotel is on the shuttle route to the start.

Finish Time Equivalent

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