The Great Lakes Marathon Series is a collaboration of 24 marathons that take place along the 5 Great Lakes. The goal of this series is to invite the running world to come and enjoy the unique beauty of each race, while simultaneously raising awareness of conservation and restoration efforts of the Great Lakes as well as focusing on the Great Lakes ecosystem and economies. Please note that the Great Lakes Marathon Series can only be accomplished by running the 26.2 mile distances offered through the races in the Great Lakes Marathon Series. Races run at any other distance or locations will not count towards the completion of the race series.


The Great Lakes Marathon Series is for runners who are interested in experiencing a variety of marathons along the Great Lakes, while at the same time making a positive impact on the eco-system of the Great Lakes Basin.

The series is for fast and slow runners alike with individual prizes being awarded based on the number of Great Lakes races you complete throughout your running career. We will award prizes at benchmarks along the way, including a grand prize for reaching our highest level of marathons ran.

The Great Lakes Marathon Series organizers invite you to sign up for the series and log your miles. Through this site you will be able to upload each of your finishing times and track your progress.

In addition to the individual commitment from each member in the series, we have partnered with the Alliance for the Great Lakes, a 4-Star rated non-profit devoted to protecting and restoring the Great Lakes.



We are using a Greenlayer, Helium E2 shirt with a simple GLMS logo design on the front and the Alliance for the Great Lakes logo on the back. For every training shirt sold, we will donate $1 to the Alliance for the Great Lakes! Currently there is a small run in the works. Please download the PDF order form HERE. If you have any questions about the training shirts please email info@grandmasmarathon.com

Price of the Great Lakes Marathon Series training shirt is:  $30


Here is a list of the Great Lakes Marathon Series races.


Mercy Health Glass City Marathon
Toledo, OH – April 23, 2017

Wisconsin Marathon
Kenosha, WI– May 6, 2017

Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon
Toronto, ON– May 7, 2017

Mississauga Marathon
Missisauga, ON– May 7, 2017

Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon
Cleveland, OH – May 21, 2017

Cellcom Green Bay Marathon
Green Bay, WI – May 21, 2017

Buffalo Marathon
Buffalo, NY – May 28, 2017

Grandma’s Marathon
Duluth, MN – June 17, 2017

Charlevoix Marathon
Charlevoix, MI – June 24, 2017

Two Hearted Trail Marathon
Paradise, MI – June 24, 2017

Waugoshance Trail Marathon
Carp Lake, MI – July 8, 2017

Grand Island Trail Marathon
Munising, MI – July 22, 2017

Marquette Marathon
Marquette, MI – September 2, 2017

Erie Marathon at Presque Isle
Erie, PA  – September 10, 2017

MVP Health Care Rochester Marathon
Rochester, NY – September 17, 2017

Oktoberfest Marathon
Spring Lake, MI – September 23, 2017

Sleeping Bear Marathon
Empire, MI – October 7, 2017

Bank of America Chicago Marathon
Chicago, IL  – October 8, 2017

Towpath Marathon
Cleveland, OH – October 8, 2017

Whistlestop Marathon
Ashland, WI – October 14, 2017

Detroit Free Press Marathon
Detroit, MI – October 15, 2017

Niagara Falls International Marathon
Niagara Falls, ON –  October 15, 2017

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront
Toronto, Ontario, Canada – October 22, 2017

Hamilton Marathon
Hamilton, ON – November 5, 2017