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Bay to Beacon Half Marathon Returns for 2024

Harrisville, Michigan - June, 2024



The Sunset Project is excited to announce the return of its ongoing partnership with the Huron Endurance and Resources Project (HERP) in jointly promoting the 2024 Bay to Beacon Half Marathon!


The Bay to Beacon Half Marathon, an annual event organized by HERP over the third weekend of August, is focused on offering a unique opportunity for community members to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Northeast Michigan, and help build both physical and mental well-being through endurance sports.


The weekend kicks off on Friday, August 16, with a race packet pick-up event featuring live music and a pancake dinner, followed by race day on August 17.


The Sunset Project will again be assisting HERP in spreading awareness for the race through their social media platforms, as well as being a beneficiary of this year’s proceeds.


Together, The Sunset Project and HERP are aiming to make a lasting impact on the Northeast Michigan community by encouraging individuals to engage with their environment and prioritize their mental and physical well-being!

 

Registration Information

The 2024 Bay to Beacon Half Marathon kicks off Saturday, August 17 at 7:30 AM and will feature a variety of race types including: The Bay to Beacon Half Marathon - Register HERE

Start Time: 7:30 AM

Registration Cost:

thru June 28: $65

June 28 - August 16: $70


The Bay to Beacon 10K Run - Register HERE

Start Time: 8:30 AM

Registration Cost:

thru June 28: $45

June 28 - August 16: $50

The Bay to Beacon 5K Run - Register HERE

Start Time: 8:30 AM

Registration Cost:

thru June 28: $35

June 28 - August 16: $40


The Bay to Beacon Kids 1 Miler - Register HERE

Start Time: 8:45 AM

Registration Cost:

thru August 16: $15


To learn more about the Bay to Beacon Half Marathon, registration information and to sign up, please visit baytobeaconhalfmarathon.wordpress.com today!

 

About the Huron Endurance and Resources Project


The Huron Endurance and Resources Project (HERP) has a strong history of promoting physical and mental well-being in the Northeast Michigan community. The organization's journey began in 2020 when Joe LaVigne initiated discussions with local community members and leaders about hosting a race that would celebrate the region's natural resources and offer an alternative to traditional "outdoorsman" activities.


Realizing the connection between the environment, mental health, and physical activity, Joe teamed up with Sue Keller, the president of the Friends of Negwegon State Park, to promote and protect the park and its rare swales along the Lake Huron coast.


In 2021, the inaugural Bay to Beacon race series was held, featuring a point-to-point half marathon, 10K, and 5K, running from Negwegon State Park to Sturgeon Point Lighthouse. The event attracted 136 participants across the three distances, and local residents provided support by hosting water stations along the half-marathon route. The evening before the race, a pancake dinner was held at a local you-pick blueberry farm, raising $1,000 which was donated to the Friends of Negwegon State Park and The Alcona Historical Society.


The following year, the Bay to Beacon race series became a zero-waste initiative to further align with HERP's environmental mission. The 2022 race series saw 137 participants, and The Sunset Project was added as a third beneficiary, emphasizing the importance of mental health and suicide awareness in the NEMI region. HERP was officially incorporated in August 2022, and the pre-race pancake dinner continued to support the local you-pick farm, with local musicians providing entertainment during packet pickup.


In 2023, HERP was granted nonprofit 501(c)(3) status, and the organization now oversees the Bay to Beacon race series through a dedicated board of volunteers. To further promote its mission and establish NEMI as a prime location for endurance athletes, HERP plans to launch additional races in the area. The Bay to Beacon race series now includes a kids' 1-mile event to encourage whole-family participation and aims to host 300 participants in the upcoming edition.


This partnership with The Sunset Project for the Bay to Beacon Half Marathon marks another significant milestone in HERP's ongoing journey to promote physical and mental well-being, and sustainable engagement with the environment in Northeast Michigan.


For additional information on HERP and its mission, please contact:


Joe LaVigne

Email: nemihalfmarathon@gmail.com

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