2023 Sleeping Bear Marathon: Training plans, distance, date, location, and more

Find out all you need to know about the Sleeping Bear Marathon – including how to choose the best training plan to get race-ready and set a new personal best.

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About the event

The Sleeping Bear Marathon is a remarkable 26.2-mile race set in the pristine surroundings of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan. The course takes runners through a mesmerizing landscape of sand dunes, dense forests, and alongside the clear blue waters of Lake Michigan. The varied terrains and elevations provide both challenges and visual rewards, offering glimpses of the area's unique topography and natural beauty. Celebrated for its majestic views and the serene environment, the Sleeping Bear Marathon stands as a testament to the unparalleled splendor of Michigan's lakeshore and the allure of endurance running in nature's lap.

Date: 

Sat
Oct 7
2023

Location: 

Empire, United States

Distance

42.2km

Elevation profile: 

Moderate

Website: 

Link

Elevation gain: 

426m

Number of participants: 

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How to train for Sleeping Bear Marathon: Sleeping Bear Marathon training plans for every runner

To train for Sleeping Bear Marathon, you’ll need a personalized training plan and to build up your weekly mileage progressively.

Runna offers running training plans for every runner and goal out there.

With Runna, your running coaching app, you get a personalized Marathon training plan that:

  • Structures your week and sets out all sessions for you
  • Automatically adjusts your mileage and types of runs to help you perform at your best
  • Incorporates deloads and strength training
  • Helps you manage your recovery and nutrition

Having a plan will also help with accountability, meaning that you can focus purely on improving your running game.

Check out our personalized Marathon training plans to find the one that best suits your goals.

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