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Dune Dash

  • Dune Climb 6748 South Dune Highway Empire, MI, 49630 United States (map)

Use code cottonwood to get $5 off!

Join us for the Eighth Annual Dune Dash 4-mile run/walk on Saturday, August 17th. The race course showcases the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail located in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Starting and finishing at the base of the Dune Climb, runners follow the paved Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail past rolling dunes and beautiful forests to the turn around point at historic Glen Haven. Don't miss your chance to experience one of the most beautiful scenic runs in Michigan.

All proceeds from this event will go to the continued construction and maintenance of Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail


A 4-mile run/walk along the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. (Course)


The race will start and finish at the Dune Climb in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. (map)


The race starts at 9 am on Saturday, August 17, 2019.

Who Benefits

All proceeds from this event will go to support the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail.

What's the cost?

Register before June 1st, 2019

Adult 18 and up $25
Student 17 and under $15

Register after June 1st, 2019

Adult 18 and up $30
Student 17 and under $20

Register after August 1st,  2019

Adult 18 and up $35
Student 17 and under $25


NOTE: Prices go up by $5 starting June 1st. The Sleeping Bear Dunes charge an entrance fee of $15 per vehicle if you do not already possess a park pass.

What you get

Only participants registered by Saturday, August 10th, will be guaranteed a t-shirt. All registered participants will receive professionally timed results, race bib, post-race refreshments, and entertainment.

When and where is packet pick up?

Packet pick up will take place at The Filling Station Microbrewery, 642 Railroad Place, Traverse City MI on Friday, Aug. 16th from 5pm-7pm. (map). Participants may also pick up their packets at the Dune Climb on the morning of the race. Please visit , or  and click the "Event Results 2019" tab, to look up your race number (bib number) prior to packet pickup.

When is late registration?                                       

Late registration will take place during packet pick up at The Filling Station Microbrewery. There will be no day of registration (In accordance with federal law, day of registration cannot take place within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore.)

Will there be awards?

Medals will be awarded to the overall male and female finisher, and the top three finishers in each age group.

Want to volunteer?

Please e-mail us at

Where can I park?

Parking is available at the Dune Climb and approved adjacent lots within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. (map)

Sorry, race fees are non-refundable

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