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How It Works

What is this all about? This is a virtual personal challenge based on minutes you move. Walk/Running are a great challenge, biking if that is more your speed. This challenge is based on the number of minutes it would take to get from lighthouse to lighthouse around the Michigan coastline!

This is a challenge to log 1175 moving minutes from June 1 to July 4. That is the number of minutes it would take someone to drive to the lighthouses from the west to east coast of MI! We think traveling by foot is way more fun!

The challenge is based on honest miles. Set a goal and go for it. If the next lighthouse is 90 minutes away, make a goal to run/walk 30 minutes the next three days to reach it! Short obtainable goals is a great strategy when making a long term plan. Don’t look at the big picture, baby steps…see what we did there…we just tricked you into a walking/running plan!

How much does it cost? Pay what you can. There is no cost to participate in this challenge. If you can afford to pay anything to participate in this challenge, we thank you. We exist only because of our participants participation in our events. We miss you all so much and we appreciate you so much! Any funds collected will go directly towards helping keeping our small business afloat so we can continue on creating fun events for you after the pandemic.


Step 1: Commit! Sign up for this Pay What You Can Event!

Step 2: Select 1 of 3 challenging ways to make your way around the shorelines of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula! More details below!

Step 3: Start logging those minutes to make your way around the mitt! We offer 3 simple suggestions of ways to log you minutes HERE!

Step 4: Use the Stay-Cay map HERE to unlock new lighthouses and route info as you travel the coastline!

Step 5: Join the Facebook group for motivation and to share stories along your journey! This is optional but is a LOT of fun!

Step 6: Check out the calendar for super fun daily challenges. Download HERE

Step 7: Check out the Stay-Cay coloring sheets and color your lighthouse journey. Download Below

Step 8: Join the Stay-Cay Your Way Strava Club to follow along and support all of your fellow coastline adventurers. JOIN HERE

Step 9: Don’t stop! You got this! Make a plan to make it to Detroit on or by July 4!

Step 10: Celebrate! Download your finisher’s certificates HERE!

Coastline Cruiser

Hit all lighthouses/light Stations. Take the leisurely route with an average 35 mins running/walking a day from June 1st to July 4th! Run/walk an amount of minutes a day and log them.

When you hit the required amount of minutes to get to the next lighthouse you can go to the website to unlock it and read up about the interesting facts about the area! Then get recharged to keep going! To complete this by July 4, you will need to average 35 minutes a day, plan accordingly!

Double Coast

Same as Coastline Cruiser, you will follow the route from South Haven to Detroit. BUT, when you make it to Detroit, you have to turn around and head back the same way you came back to South Haven! Round Trip!

When you hit the required amount of minutes to get to the next lighthouse you can go to the website to unlock it and read up about the interesting facts about the area! Then get recharged to keep going! To complete this by July 4, you will need to average 70 minutes a day, plan accordingly!

LIGHThouse Speed

Follow the list and hit all the lighthouse/light stations (Interactive map will be provided closer to the event!) on back to back days. Running/walking from 51 minutes to 177 minutes a day, with an average of 90 mins a day for 14 days straight. Then you get to relax the rest of the month!

You will run/walk the required amount of minutes to get to the next lighthouse each day. You can then go to the website to unlock your next location and read up about the interesting facts about the area! Then keep charging on to the next stop the next day!


What is included with my entry?

  • Welcome note, and a quick daily "vacation itinerary" (motivational e-mail) from June 1 to July 4!
  • Invitation to the Michigan Stay-Cay Your Way Facebook group where we can keep each other accountable and have some FUN!
  • Sweet optional swag (Yes.. there is an optional MEDAL this time!)
  • Contests to win prizes!
  • Interactive website to virtually unlock lighthouses and side trip suggestions all month long!
  • Michigan Stay-Cay coloring sheet download
  • 3 ways to log your miles! This is a personal challenge so we wont see your minutes, this is for YOU! Calendar of daily fun
  • Finisher's certificate e-mailed to you.

What about some awesome swag?

There is some great optional APPAREL available for purchase. The link to purchase apparel is in your confirmation e-mail and HERE. Apparel must be ordered by June 8th! The apparel is sold through a third party.

Medals are available to add via the registration page for $10! The medal is laser cut steel with a powder coat and a paracord lanyard! They will be mailed out by the RF Staff the first week of July.

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