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Karner Blue Butterfly Family Fun Run & 5k

Sat June 13 - Sat June 20 Walker, MI 49534 US Directions


Kids 1 Mile Fun Run

10:30AM EDT - 12:00PM EDT

5k Run/Walk

11:00AM 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 #karnerblue - and that's it!


Wherever you'd like!
Walker, MI US 49534


Run and enjoy the rich natural resources, on your favorite 5K course for this virtual run! Proceeds promote efforts to protect habitat for the endangered Karner blue butterfly. The Karner blue butterfly is a small blue butterfly which was once found in significant numbers in Michigan. Complete your 5K anytime between June 13-20th, and be sure to share your run via social media using #michigannature #raceMInature and #karnerblue!

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

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.

T-shirt is included with the entry fee.

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 May 8th) Donate $25 and you'll receive a $10 discount off your 5k race entry fee.

Every runner receives a finisher medal!

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

Course Map

You can run the 5K wherever you'd like. Below is the route that we have used at Millennium Park in Grand Rapids.

Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.


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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