This is part of a series from my quest to run a half marathon in all 50 states.

I signed up for the Traverse City Bayshore Marathon and Half Marathon because I knew other runners who had ran the half marathon or marathon and raved about the course.  My family and I were also going to a christening for my husband's twin nephews fairly nearby the area in April, so the timing would be perfect.  When I ran the half marathon in April of 2009, the marathon and half marathon both were filled to capacity (1700 for the marathon and 1500 for the half) in January.  Both races were filled less than seven weeks after registration opened in December so they're obviously very popular races, or at least they were in 2009.  I imagine it's still a popular race since it's still going strong.  The course was definitely one of the most scenic ones I've ran.  I highly recommend this race and spending some time in Traverse City before and after the race.

From my post-race notes:

"Course was 90% along Grand Traverse Bay, which is beautiful.  Ran past beautiful homes on the water.  Mostly flat.  Spectators were sparse except for a couple of viewing areas, partly due to fact that half-marathoners were required to be bused in for start.  Was chilly entire race.  Would have preferred later start, in hopes it would be warmer.  Long line at finish for food.  Finish on outdoor track was fun.  Finish time 2:00:37."

http://www.bayshoremarathon.org

This was originally posted on my blog at runningtotravel.wordpress.com.  Check it out plus other race posts and travel posts!