Twenty-Five Events Combine Efforts in the Formation of the Great Lakes Marathon Series

02 Apr 2013 02:43
Jean-Loup Fenaux
Press Release

Series to Raise Awareness and Funds for Great Lakes Conservation and Restoration Initiatives

A new race series has been created for marathoners to add to their list of running feats. The Great Lakes Marathon Series is a collaboration of 25 marathons in the U.S. and Canada that take place along North America’s five Great Lakes.

The group has partnered with the Alliance for the Great Lakes – a four-star rated independent citizens organization devoted to the Great Lakes’ ecosystem and economies – to raise awareness of conservation and restoration efforts.

By partnering with the Alliance for the Great Lakes, the series’ goal is to invite the running world to enjoy the unique beauty of the individual races, while simultaneously raising awareness and funds needed to protect all five of the Great Lakes.

Participants will receive awards at various benchmarks throughout the series along with a grand prize after completion of all 25 races, regardless of how many years needed to complete the entire marathon tour. Registration for the Great Lakes Marathon Series itself is available at and is free to all those interested.

Runners will be required to pay each individual marathon entry fee in order to participate, and signing up for the Great Lakes Marathon Series does not guarantee entry into any race. Also, only participation in races in 2013 and future years will be recognized as part of the Great Lakes Marathon Series.

To take the tour and for links to the websites of the 25 individual races, visit

The first marathon in the series is the Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon in Toledo, Ohio, on April 28, 2013. Registration is currently available for this race, and registrants who use the promotion code “water” and register before March 31 will receive a $10 discount. The last marathon in the series this year will take place on November 3, at the Hamilton Marathon in Ontario.

For more details, visit

For more information on the Alliance for the Great Lakes, visit

Marathon Location 2013 Race Date
Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon Toledo, OH April 28
Wisconsin Marathon Kenosha, WI May 4
Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon Toronto, ON May 5
Mississauga Marathon Missisauga, ON May 5
Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Cleveland, OH May 19
Cellcom Green Bay Marathon Green Bay, WI May 19
Buffalo Maratho Buffalo, NY May 26
Charlevoix Marathon Charlevoix, MI June 22
Grandma’s Marathon Duluth, MN June 22
Waugoshance Trail Marathon Carp Lake, MI July 13
Grand Island Trail Marathon Munising, M July 27
Marquette Marathon Marquette, MI Aug. 31
Erie Marathon at Presque Isle Erie, PA Sept. 15
Thunder Bay Marathon Thunder Bay, ON Sept. 22
MVP Health Care Rochester Marathon Rochester, NY Sept. 22
Oktoberfest Marathon Spring Lake, MI Sept. 28
Porcupine Mountains Trail Marathon Silver City, MI Oct. 5
Sleeping Bear Marathon Empire, MI Oct. 6
Whistlestop Marathon Ashland, WI Oct. 12
Bank of America Chicago Marathon Chicago, IL Oct. 13
Towpath Marathon Cleveland, OH Oct. 13
Detroit Free Press Marathon Detroit, MI Oct. 20
Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Toronto, ON Oct. 20
Niagara Falls International Marathon Niagara Falls, ON Oct. 27
Hamilton Marathon Hamilton, ON Nov. 3