oakland county's hometown half marathon & relay.Half Marathon Run | 2-Person Half Marathon Relay | 5K Run & Walk

Train to trails

You know these trails like the back of your hand, you run in these cities weekly, you've got the Metro Park Pass, now it's time to race the Train to Trails.We are stoked to be hosting the first-ever cross-town half marathon & relay. For the people, by the people.

it's a family affair!

Tackle the 13.1 solo or as a team.

We don't want the solo half marathoners to have all the fun; we are also offering a relay option and 5K for those who believe less is more, and want to have their post-race mimosa sooner.This is truly a family event; there's a distance for everyone, and we welcome athletes of all skill and speed levels to participate in this event.

The Why.

Train To Trails, in part, is raising money for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in loving memory of Marie Rivard, who passed away from pancreatic cancer. Please read a bit about Marie's life below.Marie Rivard was a CAT Scan Technician by training, but her passion in life was adopting an integrative approach to physical fitness and living a healthy lifestyle. Marie was passionate about running. A finisher herself in over 120 full/half marathons and 5k's, perhaps Marie was best known in the SE Michigan running community as someone who committed herself to helping other people realize their own potential through running or other fitness activities and with the ultimate goal of being able to achieve a vibrant, healthy life!

Donation proceeds will benefit: Pancreatic Cancer Action NetworkFACING PANCREATIC CANCER?
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Course Map

Check out the new course - it includes all paved surfaces, which is perfect for new and avid runners alike!

All you got was a t-shirt, and some...

Cool swag.

No, we promise it's not a tech shirt that is destined for that Good Will pile sitting in your basement.Each athlete will receive a super soft crewneck sweatshirt, Junk headband, Gear Check Bag, finisher medal, and Post-Race Party Brunch (yes, mimosas too!).

Sign up

Mark your calendars, make it #Official and start training. Sign up early so you can plan out your training, connect with the race community and tackle a few hills along the way.

02: do the damn thing

You put in the work, and now it's time to show off on the streets & trails of Oakland County. Set your alarm, put on your best run-fit, and prepare to celebrate the entire 13.1 miles.

03: Celebrate

After the work is done, and you've crossed the finish line, it's time celebrate! Enjoy finish line vibes at our Post-Race Party, featuring a brunch, coffee truck and live music for all. Friends & family welcome!

The Nitty-gritty.

Event details

Start Information:
Start of Half Marathon and Half Marathon Relay, Paint Creek Cider Mill 4480 Orion Rd., Oakland Township. There is very limited parking. It is recommended to have someone drop you off prior to the start or purchase a shuttle pass for $10 and board shuttle from Baypoint Beach.
Start of the 5K will be at Baypoint Beach.Finish Information:
All events will finish at the finish line at Baypoint Beach located.
Course Information:
The Half Marathon and Half Marathon Relay will have a course closure of 4 hours which is approximately 18 minutes per mile pace. If you are not maintaining this pace, expect no public safety along the course. You will be entirely responsible for your own safety after the course closure time. You will also be DNF and not be included in the official results. If you think this may be an issue, please register for the 5K.
What if I have a change in plans?
No refunds for the event.
What if my training isn’t going as planned, can I move to the shorter event?
Yes. Transfers from the half marathon can occur but you will not receive a refund for the pricing difference.
How will my gear get from the start or split point?
You will put your gear in the provided bag and drop in the Gear Drop Zone. Must have bib number when picking up your gear.
What if I cannot maintain the sub- 18:00 minute pace for the half marathon? Get yourself to the nearest aid station and wait for pick up on the sag wagon or continue at your own risk, but you will be a DNF.
Can friends and family watch me along the route?
Yes, the rail trails are open to the public. Our event is sharing the trail with other users so please keep to the right-hand side of the trail.
Can friends and family come to the finisher festival?
Yes, you can purchase additional brunch tickets during the registration process.
Can I use ear buds during the race?
It is not recommended that you use ear buds as this will prevent you from hearing and being 100% aware of your surroundings.
Are there finisher medals?
Yes, each finisher will receive a medal at the finish line.
Will there be aid stations along the route?
Yes there will be aid stations with water and sports drink.

Event schedule

Friday, September 8
1:00-7:00 PM Packet Pick-up and registration at Hanson’s Utica
Saturday, September 9
12:00-5:00 PM Packet Pick-up and registration at Hanson’s Utica
Sunday, September 10, 2023
6:00 AM Stony Creek Metropark gates open
6:30 AM Packet Pick-up and shuttle service begins at Baypoint Beach
8:30 AM Half Marathon and Relay starts in Oakland Twp, MI
9:30 AM 5K Run & Walk starts at Baypoint Beach
9:45 AM Finisher Festival opens at Baypoint Beach
11:30 AM Top Finisher Award Ceremony
12:30 PM Half Marathon Course closes (4 hours, 18 min/mile pace)
1:30 pm Finisher Festival at Baypoint Beach closes

Go solo.

Look at you, you adventurer. Tackle the whole enchilada on your own.


Perfect for those who want to run in a locally produced half marathon, on soft surfaces.

Team effort.

1 is fun, but 2's a party! Split that 13.1 in half, and make it a team effort.


Perfect for those who want to tackle a shorter distance with a friend.

Community support keeps us running (literally)

volunteer opportunities

Volunteering with our event is a great opportunity to support the local running community, give back to a great cause, and earn service hours. We welcome all to check out our volunteer opportunties, which including packet pick-up, course marking, medical and start line/finish line management positions.

community event, community partners.

partner with us

We don't want to keep all the fun for ourselves - partnering with local businesses and strategic partners means a bigger party for everyone!The Metro Detroit running community is one of the strongest in the nation; we've been a part of this community for a combined 3 decades of timing, hosting and participating in events. We wouldn't want it any other way; while other communities meet each Saturday at coffee shops, we grind out miles together at local events, "The Duck Pond" or meet for a Wednesday Night run at Hanson's Running Shop.Support this strong, goal-oriented, health-conscious community by partnering with our event to host the most epic "strolling" party Metro Detroit's ever seen.

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Big thank you to our sponsors & partners.

check out our partners!

Our community partners and strategic sponsors keep our event going - we welcome you to check out these amazing businesses, and we hope you will discover something you love!