Welcome to the Great Beerd Run

Facial Hair, A Fun Run & Beer

This race was not made for the faint of heart.

Join us at the Pavilion Tent for our third Beerd Run- a 5k fun run designed to celebrate all things Beer and Beard. This is an untimed run with on course beer tastings featuring Beards Brewery, Short's Brewery and Right Brain Brewery.

Additionally, we will feature a Best Beard competition with both natural and assisted categories.

Photo Gallery



Knit Beard Cap

Get your very own fashionable & functional Beardo knitted beanie.


Beer!!! & Bottle Opener

There will be beer, so of course you'll get a trusty bottle opener.


The Winner's Crown

The fastest male and female score epic Nordic inspired beard/hat sets.


Beards Brewery
Short's Brewing
Right Brain Brewery

Run Your Beard Off!

Event Info & Map


Start Time

10:00 AM

Entrance FEE:

$40  September- November 12, 2016

Registration Fee includes race entrance, knitted beard beanie, bottle opener/race medal, 3 beer samples, one glass of beer during the post-race party and entrance into post-race party featuring live music by local musician Drew Hale.

Participants must be 21 or over. Must provide ID.

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Prizes will be awarded for the fastest male and female runners. A prize will be awarded for the Best Natural Beard as well as for the Best Assisted Beard! The Best Beard Competition will start at 11AM.

Prizes include a Right Brain Brewery Fantasy Pack with t-shirt, hat, pint glass and 2 bottles of Right Brain beer.

Packet Pick-UP

November 11, 5:00-7:00 PM at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa- Grand Lobby. Join us for packet pick up on Friday, November 11 when we will be featuring local beer flights at the Lobby Bar.
November 12, 8:30-9:30 AM at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa - Pavilion Tent

Day of Registration

9:00-9:30am at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa- Pavilion Tent

At The Post-Race Party

  • Live music by Drew Hale
  • Best Beard Contest
  • Complimentary post-race snacks
  • Representatives from each brewery will be on hand 
  • Michigan Runner Girl will be hosting a podcast
  • Additional beer tickets and Great Beerd Run swag will be available for purchase

Event Notes

  • Here is a PDF of all of the race details complete with race map.
  • This is a Fun Run and will not be chip timed.
  • The entire run is on the grounds of Grand Traverse Resort and Spa but this is not a closed course. 
  • Headphones are discouraged.
  • No pets please.
  • Great Beerd Run Room Packages are available. Call 231-534-6000.



Where will the race start?

The race starts at the yellow Pavilion tent on the Resort property. The course will run over our golf course cart paths and trails with short off road sections. The 5k boundaries will be marked with flags to show runners where to go.


Where Are the Beer Stations?

Along the path, there are 3 stations where the patrons will have the option of grabbing a beer or water. All participants over 21 will be given a wristband at registration. The wristband is required in order to enjoy beer samples. 1 additional beer is available in the Pavilion tent after the race.


Where Do I Register?

Registration will end November 11 at 1:00 AM. Patrons may register online at ByteEvents. You may also register at 9am on the day of the race at the Pavilion tent if spaces remain available.


How Much Does It Cost?

The Great Beerd Run registration fee will cost $40.00 per person. This includes race entrance, knitted beard beanie, race medal, 3 beer samples, one glass of beer during the post race party and entrance into post-race party.


Where should I stay?

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa will be offering room deals for runners. Call 800-236-1577 and use code BEER.


What is the Great Beerd Run 5K?

It is a 3.1 mile race that is self-timed.


What Shoud I Wear?

Dress to impress. Michigan weather is fickle and there will be no bag check. Layers are recommended.


Is the Race Timed?

No, the race is not timed.


What if I Have ADA Needs?

If you have specific needs please contact the health club desk to make prior arrangements.

Contact Us



100 Grand Traverse Village
Boulevard | PO Box 404
Acme, MI 49610-0404