Bayshore Marathon Returns to Traverse City, Celebrates 40 Years

The 2022 Bayshore Marathon returned to Traverse City on Saturday, celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Runners started and crossed the finish line at Northwestern Michigan College.

This marks the first time the race has taken place in person since 2019. Bayshore Marathon Director Michelle O’Kelly says they saw a record number of runners, compared to years’ past.

“We had permission to have more runners this year,” said O’Kelly. “It’s really cool to hear all the stories of why people are here and what they’re trying to accomplish and it’s just a blessing to be able to put it on in person this year.”

Runners gathered from all over Michigan, trying to beat their personal records. Participants competed in the marathon, half marathon, 10K and kids marathon. Greg Ingle traveled from Mason to run in his ninth marathon.

“We had a good, competitive field, that was one thing that really drew me to want to run this race, a lot of runners kind of pulling me along to achieve my personal best,” said Ingle. “Marathons are always a challenge, but it’s a really nice course, it’s relatively flat, you have the half marathoners running, that you’re kind of running with on the way back, so it’s a great, supportive feel.”

Some have waited more than two years to finally run in the Bayshore Marathon.

“I’ve done five marathons and probably like 20 half marathons,” said Megan Henke of Grand Rapids. “This will be my first Bayshore, it’s always been a bucket list for me and it’s usually like impossible to get into, so I felt very fortunate to be a part of it and it was a perfect day to run.”

Many first-timers were present as well.

“I’m running my first half-marathon and this one looked like a great one,” said Jeremy Nofzinger of Sterling Heights. “I’ve heard great things about Bayshore, so it was beautiful, I’m glad I did it.”

For the full list of results from each race, visit here.