Friday Five: Bookmark These May Events

Another month, another page on the calendar. With 31 days and a federal holiday (Memorial Day for those playing at home), the month of May is a hotbed of exciting events from 5Ks to marathons to 24-hour adventure races.

Yes, it’s not Friday. In fact, it’s not even May, but we thought we would provide a little more notice for these five events:

1. Island Lake Bike Demo: May 4, Brighton

If it’s a new bike you’re after, or just want to see the newest cycling technology, then head out to the annual Island Lake Bike Demo in Brighton. Representatives from manufacturers of all kinds of bikes will be on hand, with plenty of bikes to try out on the 14 miles of trails around the Island Lake Recreation Area. Bring your pedals, your driver’s license (you’ll need it to test the bikes), and $25 admission, and spend all day (10-5, specifically) at the Bike Demo.


2. Cone-Azalia Classic Road Race: May 5, Milan

Once you have your new bike, why not race it? The second race of the Michigan Challenge series heads to Milan for the Cone-Azalia Classic Road Race. The course will take riders on a 10.1-mile loop , including four miles of gravel/dirt roads, around southwest Milan. Race options include: Cat 1-5 (men), Cat 1-4 (women), Men’s Masters, and two juniors races. Interested? Check out the website and race flyer.

Website, Event Flyer

3. For Women Only 5K: May 12, Ypsilanti

Now in its 31st year, the For Women Only 5K will continue the tradition of promoting and inspiring female fitness in Michigan. The 5K will take place on a mostly traffic-free loop in Ypsilanti at 9 a.m., and will be immediately followed by a yoga class. Want more out of the event? Bring your bike trainer and join the spinning class at 8 a.m. before hitting the running course.

Event Website

4. Pedal and Paddle Bike Tour: May 18, Three Rivers

For those of you who have been training for a larger endurance event, check out the Pedal and Paddle Bike Tour in Three Rivers. As you can imagine, the event combines both cycling and canoeing/kayaking over a two-day span of touring southern Michigan. Daily distances will range from 22-50 miles, with a canoe trip on the Rocky River on Saturday afternoon. Definitely an event worth looking into if outdoor adventures are your thing.

Event Website With Full Itinerary

5. 10th Annual Memorial Bridge Race: May 25, Mackinaw City

How many times have you driven across the Mackinac Bridge and thought, “I could run this”? Now is your chance! In just one of two chances throughout the year (the other being Labor Day), runners can take on the 5.6-mile “Mighty Mac.” The first half of the course will climb a steady 5-degree grade to the middle before heading back down towards the end of the bridge. Prepare accordingly, though: runners must be able to span the bridge at better than a 12 minute per mile pace, and water will not be available on the course until runners exit the bridge.

Event Website

Featured image courtesy of Claire Ouellette


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