Head to a ballpark for a late season game, as the Detroit Tigers host the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park September 2-4. In Minor League Baseball the West Michigan Whitecaps play Fort Wayne at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock, and the Great Lakes Loons face South Bend at Dow Diamond; both match-ups run September 3-5. The Frontier League’s Lake Erie Crushers visit the Beach Bums at Wuerfel Park in Traverse City, September 2-4.
The 3rd annual Beaver Island Marathon--a Boston Marathon qualifying event--plus a half marathon and 3.5 mile run take place Saturday, September 3rd on Michigan’s largest inhabited island. Runners are treated to incredible views of Lake Michigan and the rugged beauty of the remote island, which is a two-hour ferry ride from Charlevoix.
Mountain bikers rolling into Copper Harbor for the Fat Tire Festival Sunday, September 4 will enjoy tackling new 16-mile and 28-mile race courses, and there will be races for the kids, too. Also on Sunday, up to 300 athletes will join the Barefoot Triathlon at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa near Traverse City. There’s a choice of two race categories and distances--Olympic and Sprint--but all will swim in East Grand Traverse Bay, bike a scenic road route, and run the perimeter of the Resort property. Athletes and guests receive special room rates.