Aliferis Memorial Race Half Marathon, 5K & 1M

Saturday, September 2, 2023 • Alpena, MI • Course Map


Get your miles in on foot or by bike during the Aliferis Memorial Race Half Marathon 5K & 1M, held annually in the coastal northern Michigan town of Alpena.

You’ll support a worthy cause without breaking the bank. This race, which is held in memory of Dr. Peter Aliferis, a long-time Alpena pathologist at MyMichigan Medical Center, is a fundraiser for the Center’s Peter Aliferis Scholarship Fund, the Cancer Center, and patient-enhancement projects and new technology.

The half marathon is a straightforward point-to-point course. Shuttles will be available at 6:30 am on race day to take runners to the half marathon’s start at the corner of Maple Lane Road and Zawalski Road.

From there, runners will follow the North Eastern State Trail, a relatively flat crushed limestone trail, to the end point at MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena. Along the way, five water stops will be available for runners to rehydrate.

In addition to the half marathon, 5K, and 1 mile, the Aliferis Memorial Race also features an 18.5-mile bike ride (paved and gravel) and 6.5-mile tour (paved), each of which takes participants through a looped course around Alpena.

Photos courtesy of Staci Chroninger/MyMichigan Health

Race Weather & Climate

Located near the top of Michigan’s lower peninsula, Alpena experiences mild weather in the late summer, perfect for running. The lake effect from this coastal Lake Huron town brings breezes off the water (and the occasional summer storm), with average temperatures ranging from 46°F to 62°F.

Past Results

See past results.

Course Map

See the race route map here.

Starting Time

  • 7:00 AM for the half marathon
  • 8:00 AM for the bike race
  • 9:00 AM for the 5K
  • 9:45 AM for the 1 mile


  • $25+ for the Half Marathon
  • $20+ for the 18.5-mile bike race, 6.5-mile bike race, 5K, or 1 mile


To secure your spot in the 2023 running of the Aliferis Memorial Race Half Marathon 5K & 1M, register here at


Official Race Website


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