New in 2015... the RACERS Long Distance Race Series!
For our members interested in longer distances, SWMI RACERS presents the RACERS Long Distance Race Series. This year's series includes 11 events throughout Southwest Michigan and Northwest Indiana, and Mackinac Island. 

See below for all event dates, links to event websites, fees and descriptions. Two options are available for the weekend of October 24 & 25. Join us on Mackinac Island or take a short trip to Gary Indiana. None of the dates conflict with events in the RACERS Community Race Series, so members can participate in both series!

Post a finish time in at least 4 events in the series of 10K distance or longer, and be eligible for participation awards. Just think, the more events you compete in, the more bling you get! Train, travel and compete with other SWMI RACERS members and enjoy some post race celebration time after! 

NOTE: Many of these events have Early Bird Discounts ending November 30. So check out the event information below, commit to your personal event calendar and register today!

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Sunday February 1, 2015
Groundhog Full and HalfGrand Rapids MI
Fees: Before Dec 1 Half $75  / Full $80; 
         Before Jan 20 Half $85 / Full $90;
         After Jan 20  Half $95 / Full $100
Description: 500 Runner limit combined for full and half marathons. The Basics - It’s a winter running event, in Grand Rapids Michigan. YES! THERE WILL PROBABLY BE LOTS OF SNOW ON THE COURSE. It’s more fun than a person should have while wearing clothing. Full Marathon: Like the movie, you’ll feel like you’re repeating the same day over and over. A beautiful, snowy (we hope), approximately 4.4 mile course. Splits every 1/6th of a marathon. Half Marathon: For those of you who couldn’t stay awake through the whole movie. Only three times around.

Sunday March 1, 2015
Winter Blast Half & 5K, Portage MI
Fees: Before Dec 1 Half $45 / 5K $25;
         Before Feb 1 Half $55 / 5K $30;
         Before Feb 28 Half $ 65 / 5K $35
Proceeds support Winter Blast Half and Kalamazoo Area Runners
Description: The USAT&F certified half marathon and 5k courses highlight the Portage Trail Way System and include a mix of mostly flat paved bike trail and roads. All running events will start and end at Portage Central High School, 8135 South Westnedge Avenue, Portage, MI 49002 on Sunday, March 1, 2015. 5k starts at 8:00 am and half marathon starts at 8:10 am.
The half marathon will close registration once it attains its cap of 1,500. Cutoff time to be included in half marathon results is 3 hours, 45 minutes. Roads will re-open at 12:00 noon.

Saturday March 28, 2015
The Holy Half and 10K, South Bend IN
Fees: Non-Students $55
Description: Both half marathon (13.1 miles) and 10K (6.2 miles) races are available. The course runs along the beautiful campus of the University of Notre Dame passing iconic attractions including the Golden Dome, Grotto, Touchdown Jesus mural, and lakes. There is a strict cap of 1,500 runners. Registration includes a 2015 Holy Half dri fit t-shirt, finisher's medal, swag bag filled with goodies from our sponsors, food, and entertainment on race day. The 2015 race will benefit two exceptional organizations--La Casa de Amistad and St. Margaret's House.

Sunday May 3, 2015
Kalamazoo Marathon, Borgess Half Maraton, 10K and 5K Kalamazoo MI
Fees: Before Dec 1 -  Full $65 / Half $40 / 10K $35 / 5K $25
          Before Apr 1 -  Full $75 / Half $50 / 10K $40 / 5K $30
          Before Apr 30 - Full $90 / Half $60 / 10K $45 / 5K $35
          Expo May 2   -  Full $105 / Half $70 / 10K $50 / 5K $40 

Sunday May 17, 2015
Michigan Shores Mini or 5K, New Buffalo MI
Fees: Thru Dec 1  Half $23 / 5K $25, 
         After Dec 1 Half $40 / 5K$35
Description: Come join us in this inaugural event in beautiful New Buffalo Michigan for a scenic half marathon that starts next to the waters of Lake Michigan. This out and back course that takes you along the shores of Lake Michigan is all on the streets of New Buffalo and Chickaming Townships. The race starts near the Lighthouse, takes you through the beautiful lake house streets until you reach the turn-around and head back to the finish line near the lighthouse. This scenic course is flat and pretty fast. If you don't want to do the half marathon join us for the 5k.

Saturday June 6, 2015
Sunburst Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and 5K  South Bend IN
Fees: Before Feb 1     Full $80 / Half $70 / 10K $30 / 5K $25
         Before June 4    Full $90 / Half $80 / 10K $35 / 5K $30
         Mail In & Late    Full $95 / Half $85 / 10K $40 / 5K $35

Saturday August 22, 2015
Tour de La Porte Half Marathon and 5K  La Porte IN
Fees: TBD
Proceeds: One hundred percent of the funds are used for direct patient assistance and cancer screenings to members of our community.

Sunday September 27, 2015
Tri Town Community Marathon and Merrillville Mini  Merrillville IN
Fees: Before Dec 1    Full $50 / Half $40
         Before Feb 27   Full $70 / Half $50
         Before Jun 29   Full $80 / Half $60
         Before Sep 6    Full $85 / Half $65
         Before Sep 26  Full $95 / Half $70
Description: Asracing and the Town of Merrillville are proud to bring you the Tri Town Community Marathon andMerrillville Mini. We are a "Boston Marathon Qualifier". Looking for a smaller race to qualify for Boston or a tune up for the Chicago Marathon. We are your race. Come on out for a flat and fast course.

Saturday October 24, 2015
Great Turtle Half Marathon & 5.7Mile Mackinac Island, MI
Fees: Before Jan 1 - $40 (While 250 last)
         Before Apr 1 -$50 
         Before Jul 1 - $55
         Before Oct 1 - $60
         After Oct 1 - $65
Description: Absolutely no roller blades, pets, wagons or other wheeled vehicles will be allowed on the course. Baby joggers are strongly discouraged due to safety concerns. The Half Marathon will start in front of Mission Point Resort. The beginning of the course follows the shoreline featuring breathtaking views of the lake, neighboring islands and the historic Arch Rock formation. You will then veer off the shoreline and wind through the beautiful island interior on bike trails and roads. The roads are mostly paved with some gravel. The last segment of the race returns to the shoreline, with the finish line located in front of the resort. The 5.7 Mile will start in front of Mission Court, located next to Mission Point Resort . The first half of the course winds through the beautiful island interior on bike trails and roads. The roads are mostly paved with some gravel. The last half of the race brings you out to the shoreline, with the same breathtaking views of the Half Marathon. The finish line will also be the same as the Half Marathon, located in front of the resort.

Sunday October 25, 2015
Dawn of the Dunes Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K  Gary IN
Fees: Before Feb 28  Full $75 / Half $40 / 5K $20
         After Feb 27     Full $85 / Half $50 / 5K $25
Description: The 2015 Dawn of the Dunes Marathon, Half Marathon, & 5k showcase the beautiful Lake Michigan beachfront and breathtaking Marquette Park in the Miller Beach community of Gary, IN. The Marathon is 2- 13.1 mile loops that travel along the lakefront, through the Miller Beach neighborhoods, and next to natural woodlands, marshes, and more. The half marathon runs the same 13.1 mile loop as the marathon while the 5k focuses on the immediately Marquette Park area.

Sunday November 8, 2015
Valparaiso Half Marathon  Valparaiso IN
Fees: $40 / $45 / $50 / $55
Proceedes: All race proceeds go to the United Way of Porter County’s high school council, the Power of Youth. Recognizing the teen self-esteem epidemic, the council funds community youth self-esteem programs.