The 22nd year of the North Country Trail Run takes place August 28th and 29th 2021. It is the home of the largest 50 mile and 50k ultra marathon medals in the United States, 3rd largest marathon medal and the largest half marathon medal and every participant receives one after they cross the finish line. More importantly, is the family-like race atmosphere that takes place all day that really makes the North Country Trail Run an every year event.

Run any race of your choice!
Largest ultra, half marathon and 3rd largest marathon finisher medals in the United States!
Gender specific tech race shirt!
Fully sublimated – full color hooded sweatshirt!
50/50 regular shirt!
Coffee mug!
Race hat!
Drawstring backpack!
Distance race magnet for your vehicle!
Receive one free ticket to the best post race party ever (burgers, brats, veggie burgers, pastas, beans, beans and rice, corn on the cob, desserts and more!
Age group awards 5 deep!
Free high resolution photos (if we capture your photo you’ll receive the digital images for free)!
Pacers are allowed for free for both the 50 Miler and 50K races!

Every participant will receive fully color sublimated hooded sweatshirt, race hat or visor, a logo coffee mug, gender specific race tech shirt, an additional regular 50/50 blend shirt to wear around, a draw string back-pack to carry all your goodies, free wrist band to get into the post race party and eat and drink for free, plus a HUGE finisher medal to every participant.

40 states were represented last year and we reached capacity a week after the race registration opened. Over 400 individuals remained on a waiting list to run their first ultra, first trail marathon or half marathon. Veterans returned and the North Country Trail Run has become one of the top trail races in the United States.

The 2020 race is held at the “Big M” in the Manistee National Forest (3500 Udell Hills Rd, Manistee Michigan). The ultra consists of (2) 25 mile loops while the marathon is one loop and same with the half marathon and 50K. The half has it’s own course separate of the marathon and ultras. The 50K runners will run a part of the course that none of the other races will run on. All five events begin at the same location and all five events will have you talking about this race for years to come.

Kid’s Race will be back for the 8th year and is free for all kids. They will receive a free t-shirt and free kid’s race medal. Kid’s can race all day when they are ready by going to the start line and running the 1 mile loop for the kids.

If you are planing on running both Saturday and Sunday any combination of the race you will receive everything mentioned above PLUS a large beer mug (very large beer mug) to show your amazing accomplishment!

Plus all three races are:
* Chip time start and finish
* Start at separate times

The course is well marked with small flags aligning every trail you run on. The trail is a single-track trail with enough hills to make for a challenging race. There is no high altitude to contend with, no rocks to jump over, and no stream crossings to wade through, just a beautiful forest with a roots to remind you you’re not on pavement. Crews can attend to their runners at several points. We also allow pacers!

• Trophies will be awarded to the top male and female overall and top male and female masters in each event. All overall and masters receive free entry into the next year’s race.
• Awards will be given to the age group winners 5 deep for both men and women in our 13 age groups

The North Country Run benefits local charities including: Girls on the Run, 4-H, Manistee Food Rescue and more. If you have a charity that you think can benefit from the race, please email us at

Age Groups:
(12-14), (15-17),18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 & over
* two bracketed age group only applies to half and marathon. Ultra you must be 18 years or older to participate.

Waiver and Release
For and in consideration of my participation in the North Country Trail Race, I for myself, executors, and heirs, do hereby release, discharge, and hold harmless the North Country Trail Race organizers and the Manistee National Forest, and all sponsors and persons connected with this event of and from any rights and claims for any and all damages, losses or injuries to persons or property or both, which may be sustained on or by me or my dependent in connection with this event. I attest and verify that I have full knowledge of the risks involved with this event, and am able to participate in this event. The medical committee reserves the right to shorten any event and cancel any event if the weather dictates. The undersigned grant full permission to any and all foregoing use to his/her likeness, including photographs and videotape for publicity and advertising purposes without compensation.