SEPT 9, 2023

Lace up those trail shoes and get ready to conquer the Midwest’s Ultimate Multi-Terrain Race.™ Run through scenic woodland trails, scale sand dunes, pound the pavement, and climb 302 steps up the iconic Mt. Baldhead. Will you rise to the Challenge?

300 Steps • 50% trails • 50% water views • 750+ Ft Elevation

The Courses

This year we’re taking it up a notch—giving you all the grit of Mt. Baldhead you know & love in two standard race distances. Each course will take you through twisted tree-covered trails, forested dunes, beautiful waterfront vistas, the friendly streets of Saugatuck-Douglas, and to the summit of the tallest dune in town. Both courses are a unique, epic challenge that will test your endurance, strength, and mental toughness. Get ready for a one-of-a-kind race that you can’t find anywhere else.

Choose Your Challenge: 10K or Half Marathon


This 6.2 mile course is perfect for runners of all levels who want to push themselves to complete an awesome challenge.

Half Marathon

Introducing the first-ever MBC Half Marathon! Run the most epic 13.1 miles through the trails, dunes, and the streets of Saugatuck-Douglas.


Every dollar raised from race registration fees goes directly to support free after school and summer programming for the youth of the Saugatuck-Douglas community. Competing in The Challenge can be a life changing event for you and the lives of local youth you’re supporting.


students enrolled in the B&G club at Douglas Elementary School

9 out of 10

parents view the program as positive or very positive


youth attend the club on average


Our race sponsors help us make the greatest positive impact in the local community. In addition to bib fees and donations, our sponsor dollars go directly to the critical services provided by the Boys & Girls Club at Saugatuck Douglas for the direct benefit of hundreds of local youth and their families. The Mt. Baldhead Challenge is truly created by the community, for the community.

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