National Cherry Festival

July 4th to 11th, 2015

Traverse City, MI

Festival Competitive Events

Have a sporty spirit and want to play during the National Cherry Festival?  Get in the game and check out the Festival's Competitive Events below:


Cherry Pie Bike Ride - Enjoy a beautiful 10 mile bike ride along the TART trail and receive a voucher for a FREE slice of pie from Grand Traverse Pie Company. Bikes of all kinds welcome as well as riders of all skill levels.On Site registration starts at 9:30 a.m., no fee required. Starts on the Marina Drive in the Open Space


Classic Vehicle Show - A nostalgic look at cars, trucks, tractors and motorcycles from throughout the Midwest. Hundreds of show-condition collector vehicles will be featured with three judging classes.

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Fifth Third Bank Golden Mile - This classic event returns to the streets of downtown Traverse City! This event will feature a Men's and a Women's Elite Mile Road Race on a USATF certified loop-style course through downtown, concluding on the corner of Front and Union streets just prior to the beginning of the Touchstone Energy Junior Royale Parade. The elite field of racers will consist of high level collegiate and professional runners selected by Race Directors Bryan Burns and Eric Houghton. To apply, the minimum performance standards of 4:10 for the men's mile and 4:55 in the women's mile (or equivalent 800/1500m time) will be required. In order to maintain a competitive race field, each race will be capped at a maximum of 12 athletes.


Carter's Kids Festival Fun Run - Traverse City’s own celebrity TV handyman, Carter Oosterhouse, will run start off the one mile race for kids of all ages along the National Cherry Festival’s Touchstone Energy Junior Royale Parade route and meet them at the finish line with fanfare! The kids run and walk will precede the parade on Thursday, July 4 with a 6:00 p.m. start. Each participant will receive an official race bib, a medal, and refreshment. Families are encouraged to pre-register children online, however onsite registration will also be available at F&M Park the day of the event beginning at 5:00 p.m.

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Cherry Idol - Join us for the 6th Annual Cherry Idol Competition!  The Competition is broken into divisions of Adult (18&up); Young Adult (15-17); Teen (12-14) and Youth (8-11). All participants will be required to sing a song of their choice, without any background music (acappella) for the preliminary auditions. If chosen to move onto the final round, competitors must be prepared to perform a different song of their choice. The final round will be sung to background music.  Pre-registration is required. Event runs 10am-4pm

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Meijer Festival of Races - Challenge yourself, a family member or your best running buddy to join the action of the 41st Meijer Festival of Races presented by Cherry Bay Orchards. With a 15K or 5K run or a 5K walk, there's an event for everyone. Online registration is only available through July 4 at 11:59:59 AM before NOON!. Late registration will be held on Friday, July 5 at packet pick-up from 2-8 pm or prior to the race on Saturday, July 6th from 6:00 am to 7:00 am at Eastern Elementary School. Start line is south of Eastern Elementary on College Drive, and finish is downtown Traverse City. Shuttles available 8:30-10:30 a.m. 5K Run/Walk Start: 7:30 AM 15K Run Start: 7:50 AM

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