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Quick Guide to 5k’s and Recreation Events in Alpena

Posted on May 4th, 2016

Vince pushes through the hilly terrain at the Chippewa Hills mountain bike race

Tie up your laces, dust off your paddle boards, and tune up those bikes because spring is here, and so begins the outdoor activities to fuel up your mind, body, and spirit. With events starting as early as this weekend from May through December, Alpena is hosting a variety of recreational events that you will not want to miss!

May 7SUP & Snorkel Lessons

Brought to you by Performance Locker and Great Lakes Divers, with two class times to choose from: 11a.m.-1p.m. (11a.m.-12p.m. SUP Lessons; 12p.m.-1p.m. Snorkel Lessons) 12p.m.-2p.m. (12p.m.-1p.m. Snorkel; 1p.m.-2p.m. SUP Lessons). Space is limited! Sign up now at or call the studio 989-884-1702. All inquiries about this event can be sent to

May 7Partner Yoga Workshop

With Samantha Samson RYT 200HR and Desiree Nowaczyk LPTA. Partner Yoga is a special gift to share with anyone in your life whom you deeply care for. The purpose of this workshop is to encourage one another to open up to connect on a deeper level and in return you will feel safe, loved, and free. Suitable for family members, significant others, close friends, or any other relationship you value with your heart! Yoga mats and props provided and all experience levels are welcome. Register Online at or call the studio 989-884-1702. Light Snack & Beverages will be provided after the session along with a small thank you gift. All inquiries about this event can be sent to 12:00p. m.-2:30p.m.

May 7Thunder Bay Theatre’s Break a Leg 5k

All proceeds benefit the Thunder Bay Theatre of Alpena and registration begins at 8:00am at Thunder Bay Theatre. Race begins at 9:00a.m. at the Alpena bi-path.

May 21Muay Thai Boxing Class

Muay Thai is a striking art that utilizes punches, kicks, knees, and elbows. It is also known as the “art of eight limbs”. There are many benefits that accompany learning Muay Thai, such as increased cardiovascular conditioning, leg and core strength, hip mobility, and stress relief. During this class, attendees will learn the techniques of the sport while receiving a great workout. Cost is $10 for Members $15 for Non Members. Register online at or call the studio 989-884-1702. All inquiries about this event can be sent to

Guest Instructor, Steve Krentz is a Muay Thai practitioner. He began training Muay Thai in 2011 based out of US Muay Thai in Marquette, MI. Steve immediately fell in love with the sport and dedicated the majority of his free time to learning and progressing with the goal of one day competing. In 2014, he competed nationally in the North American Muay Thai Classic. Class goes from 12:00p.m.-1:30p.m.

May 21Color Me Awesome Girls on the Run 5k

Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-8th grade. We teach life skills through dynamic interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.

Girls on the Run is an Affiliate Council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of over 200 councils across the United States and Canada. This event starts at 10:00 am in Rogers City and you can find more info and download a registration form >>HERE<<

May 28Dork Brothers Duathlon Run/Bike/Run

Located at TBJH and starting at 9:00a.m. (tentative). Entry forms available at the Alpena Chamber of Commerce or

May 29Light Up the Sky Presque Isle 5k

Join up with Light Up the Sky Presque Isle 5k to benefit the 4th of July fireworks fund. For more registration, you can sign up >>HERE<<

June 11Walk Me Home 5k Run/Walk

Starting at 9:00a.m. at the Duck Park on Chisholm and Long Rapids Rd. in Alpena. Event day registration is at 8:30 a.m.
Walk Me Home….to the place I belong is the signature fund-raising and awareness event for foster care in America. We know not everyone can be a foster parent, but Walk Me Home is a great way to support the over 13,000 children in foster care in Michigan. This year thousands of walkers will participate in Walk Me Home events across the country, raising funds to support the life changing programs and activities of foster care associations like Child & Family Services of Northeast Michigan.

To register or donate to this walk, go to the Walk Me Home website >>HERE<<

June 18Michigan Mountain Mayhem Spring Classic

Austin Brothers Beer Company/Harborside Cycle Racing Team Event. This 200k–100k event will be located at The Sand Bar & Grill, more info can be found >>HERE<<

June 183rd Annual Walk & Remember

Part fundraiser and part memorial, Walk & Remember is designed to give families the opportunity to remember loved who have passed while supporting Hospice of Michigan’s Open Access Program. Participants will meet at Starlite Beach at 8:00 a.m. Visit their Facebook event page, >>HERE<<

July 3SUPS & SUDS Paddle Board Races at Rotary Island

Check out Dork Brothers Athletics on Facebook for more information. Meet at the National Marine Sanctuary, 7:00p.m.-9:00p.m.

July 4Dork Brothers & First Federal of Northern Michigan Independence Day Race 5k & 1 Mile Run/Walk

Check out Dork Brothers Athletics on Facebook for more information, meet at the APLEX 9:00a.m.-11:00a.m.

August 5FLOG Fest Golf Outing @ TBD

The Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual golf outing fundraiser. More information will be available soon. Times will go from 11:00a.m.-6:00p.m.

August 13Stoneport LaFarge 5k Quarry Run/Walk

Experience a unique 5K course that encompasses a 60-year-old limestone quarry on the scenic shores of Lake Huron by participating in the Stoneport Quarry RunPresque Isle Quarry at 10:00a.m.

August 20Xterra Rockport Rugged

Rockport State Recreation area sets the scene for this event, and the name could not be more fitting.  Set in the beautiful up north area of Alpena, it’s like you landed in another state out west somewhere. This is one of Michigan’s most unique state parks, rich in history and picturesque in its breathtaking beauty.  This event also brings out the fat tires, with mountain, cross, and fatty bikes all welcome.  We incorporate all the unique aspects of the park to offer this one of kind event, as well as stunning scenery along the shoreline with the kayak/SUP event.  We are very proud to be the official event management team for this event and we look forward to creating a event like no other in the region. You can register for this event on the 3Disciplines website >>HERE<< Event starts at 8:00 a.m.

August 20Alpena County Relay for Life

For more information about the Relay for Life of Alpena County, the Kickoff Rally, to register a team, or to serve as a volunteer, contact or visit their website >>HERE<<

This year’s Relay is themed “Paint Your World Purple.”

September 3Aliferis Memorial Duathlon/18 Mile Bike/5k Run

Meet at Alpena Regional Medical Center 8:00a.m./9:30a.m.

September 10Chippewa Mountain Bike Race

Riders of levels are welcome. Check out Dork Brothers Athletics on Facebook for more information. Race time begins at 10:00am until 2:00p.m.

September 24Tunnels to Towers 5k Run & Walk

Among the promises made by Americans after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 were to pay homage to those who perished, and to never allow the pride, heroism, and resilience displayed by Americans in the aftermath to be forgotten.

As we near the 15th anniversary of 9/11, we continue to urge Americans to honor our first responders, all who lost their lives on that fateful day, and those who have been catastrophically injured while fighting for the country. It’s imperative that we celebrate these heroes and honor their legacy forever. Local race directors: Sharon Cole and Dave Rensberry. You can reach out to them for any questions about this year’s Run/Walk. You can register or donate to this event by clicking >>HERE<<

10:00am-12:00p.m. @ the Alpena Band Shell

October 1Zonta Breast Cancer Awareness Walks for Women 5k Run/Walk

Visit the Alpena Zonta Club’s website >>HERE<< for updates and information. Location TBA  and times are from 9:30a.m.-12:30p.m.

October 1The Great Donut Roll

Do you like cycling? Do you like doughnuts? Than my friends this is the event for you!  Join us as we tour the majestic, rolling country side of Northeast Michigan in the full splendor of fall colors.  Our 50-mile ride will take us to Knaebe’s Mmmunchy Krunchy Apple Farm near Rogers City where you can feast on fresh made cider mill doughnuts, fresh apples and a number of other treats.  Trust me when I say donuts you rode 50 miles for taste much better plus the ride helps easy the guilt of eating a half dozen by yourself.

8:00a.m.-12:00p.m., more info can be found >>HERE<<

October 1 & 2Rugged Running Revolt

Alpena Michigan will host the Rugged Running Revolt (a 24 hour, 12 hours, 6 hours, and 5k endurance running event), October 1st-2nd 2016. The event will take place at the Alpena County Fairgrounds (625 South Eleventh Street, Alpena, MI 49707).  Come join us and Maggie Guterl (4th place in the World 24 hour Championships) for a flat, fast, beautiful course! The course: 3/4 mile looped course on mostly hard packed dirt/gravel and 1/4 asphalt with fluid turns (no sharp turns!).  Camping is available by calling the fairgrounds directly at 989-356-1847. This will be a USATF certified and sanctioned event for those wanting to qualify for the World Championships team.

More info can be found >>HERE<<

November 24Dork Brother’s Turkey Trot 5k

Check out Dork Brothers Athletics on Facebook for more information. Meet at the APLEX @ 9:00a.m.-12:00p.m.

December 31Resolution Run 3 Miles

Meet at the Plaza Pool @ 9:00a.m. and check out Dork Brothers Athletics on Facebook for more information.

Did we miss you? If you have a local 5k or recreational event happening in the Alpena area this year, please contact us so we can add you to our list! Visit our events calendar at

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