The entire event is sanctioned with USA Track & Field. The marathon course is measured and certified with USATF, making it a Boston and New York City Marathon qualifier. The marathon is also a qualifying event for the Abbott World Marathon Series. The half marathon is also a measured and certified course with USATF, making it a qualifying event for the New York City Marathon. The 5-K is a flat and fast course. All the courses start AND finish on the track inside the Grand Haven High School football stadium. The run courses are "Out and Back" routes allowing you to enjoy aid stations every "1" mile.