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Summer Series: Run to Your Happy Place

July 06 2017

Do we have any running fanatics out there? Or maybe you're just a beginner looking for some great running spots around Michigan? We've got you covered in today's summer series roundup. 

Running in Michigan during the summer is beautiful, and it's a great way to see parts of this great state that you otherwise might not have. Plus, it's not as time-intensive as a full blow backpacking or camping trip. Head out for a run on one of these trails to get your daily dose of Michigan's great outdoors this season.

Detroit Riverwalk/Dequindre Cut in Detroit

Living in the city but wanting to experience Michigan's more outdoorsy side? No problem. The Detroit Riverwalk has some amazing views. Recent efforts to revitalize the waterfront area have seriously paid off - and runners are reaping the rewards. Plus, you're on the trail the whole time, which means there's no battling with the heavy traffic Detroit can be known for.

TART Trail in Traverse City

This trail is 10.5 miles long, and snakes through Traverse City. There aren't a ton of hills which makes it perfect for newbie runners and seasoned pros. Plus, who can say no to those beautiful bay views? It's ideal if you're already living in that area, or if you're taking a summer trip up north. Perfect place to sneak a waterside run in!

Millennium Park in Grand Rapids

With over 17 miles of trails, Millennium Park is the perfect spot for runners in the Grand Rapids area. The trail is a mixture of crushed limestone and paved stretches, which is great for getting use to running on different surfaces or just mixing it up and keeping from getting bored. All of the trails within the park are connected, which makes it easy to determine the length of your run and vary each trip out. Runners can also enjoy scenic views of Grand Rapids, a splash pad, and waterfront areas. 

Lansing River Trail in East Lansing

If you're located more towards the center of the state, you can't go wrong with Lansing's River Trail. The trail is incredibly extensive, but the section that runs through East Lansing down through Lansing's downtown is stunning. Enjoy views of Michigan State University's stunning campus, and enjoy getting to run alongside the Red Cedar River for the entirety of your route.

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