There are so many reasons that Running Magazine named the Charlevoix Marathon as one of the best "Small Town Marathons" in the nation. Maybe it's the great lodging, where you can roll out of bed and walk to the start line, or it's the beautiful packet pick up/expo location over seeing the Beaver Island Ferry and gorgeous Round Lake. Maybe it's the great dining before and after the race in historic downtown. The course ventures through beautiful Charlevoix neighborhoods, around our ski mountain "Mount McSauba", down the tree lined roads, along the lakeshore and then turn around at the vast Little Traverse Bay. The course has just enough running traffic to feel the excitement of a big marathon, without any of the pains of major crowds.