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Monarch March Family Fun Run & 5K

Sat June 13 - Sat June 20 Kalamazoo, MI 49001 US Directions


5k Run/Walk

11:00AM EDT - 12:00PM EDT

Kids Fun Run

10:30AM EDT - 12:00PM EDT

We're going virtual!

The health, safety, and well-being of our community is of the greatest importance to us. Given the highly unprecedented crisis that we are all experiencing, we have determined that the best way to promote species habitat protection in our state is through a virtual run. A virtual run can be done anywhere, at any time, even on a treadmill! We encourage you to choose your favorite run/walk route, and to practice safe physical "social" distancing while you enjoy the fresh air. The run shirt and finishers medals will be mailed - be sure to share your activity on social media using #michigannature #raceMInature and #monarchmarch - and that's it!


Wherever you'd like!
Kalamazoo, MI US 49001


Run, walk, or jog along your favorite route for this virtual fun run! This 5K will promote efforts to preserve habitat for monarch butterflies throughout Michigan. Monarch butterflies are one of the most recognizable and beloved butterfly in North and Central America. Millions of monarchs migrate across the United States; spending their summers in Michigan and winters in Mexico.

Complete your 5K anytime between June 13-20th, and be sure to share your run on social media using #michigannature #raceMInature and #monarchmarch!

Group/Family savings - Save $2 per registrant when you sign up 3 or more people at the same time. 

T-shirt is included with the entry fee. 

Packet Pickup: Packets will be mailed to participants. *Due to COVID-19 and the Governor's Stay Home Stay Safe order, vendors for packet materials may not be operating, or operating at full capacity. We are unable to provide an approximate date for when packet materials will be mailed, but would like to assure you that they will be mailed as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding during these difficult times.

Refer friends and get a $10 refund

Get the word out to your friends about this great race! When you refer 3 or more participants you'll get a refund of up to $10.00! Details provided at checkout.

Donate and Receive a FREE Entry!

If you would like to support our cause and get a free entry to the race donate $50. When you register for the race your entry will be free! Simply Sign Up and follow the steps to register and on the donation screen enter $50. ($25 discount applied during checkout. Valid until June 7th) Donate $25 and you'll receive a $10 discount off your 5k race entry fee.

Every runner receives a finisher medal!

Course Map

You can run this 5K wherever you'd like! Below is a map of the route we have used at Mayor's Riverfront Park in Kalamazoo, MI.

Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.


Race for Michigan Nature Race Series

The Michigan Nature Association is hosting the Race for Michigan Nature, a statewide series of Family Fun Runs & 5Ks stretching from Belle Isle in Detroit to Marquette in the U.P. Each race spotlights one of Michigan's rarest species and helps promote the importance of protecting Michigan’s remaining natural areas. Take the challenge and run all six! Sign up using the 5 race series Bundle under the Events section and save $5 per event.


Governor's Council Endorsement & Michigan Fitness Foundation Challenge

This race is endorsed by The Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and part of the 2020 Michigan Fitness Foundation Challenge. The challenge encourages Michiganders to engage with events that promote physical activity, health and wellness. You will receive a FIT point for every endorsed event you participate in or volunteer for from January 1, 2020 until December 31st, 2020. Points earn cool swag and a chance to win various prizes! To sign up and learn more click HERE. There is no cost to this challenge.



Race Contact Info

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Inclement Weather Plan

In case of inclement weather, watch for updates on our Facebook event page about weather updates, delays, new start times, and more. We plan to hold the races rain or shine unless the conditions are unsafe. If thunder or lightning is present, we will delay for 30 minutes. We will delay the race for up to 1 hour and will determine whether the race will be canceled entirely. There is no rain date or refund for the races, but participants will still receive their race t-shirt, finisher medal, race packet including a drawstring bag, and a complimentary membership to the Michigan Nature Association.



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