Run for the Hills!

Run the hilliest course in Southeast Michigan!

Join in our 12th Annual Run for the Hills event at Hidden Lake Gardens in Tipton, MI. Come for an amazing walk or run through Hidden Lake Gardens’ beautiful scenery, or compete for naming rights to one of our three big hills.

This year you have the option of participating in a professionally timed event on Saturday, September 17, 2022 or you can participate in our virtual event any time the Gardens’ is open from September 18th – October 2nd.

Our hybrid course is well marked and allows you to race in your choice of conditions. To compete with others, you will use a running app to track yourself. 

Proceeds from the race will be donated to the Hidden Lake Gardens Reach for the Sky project and Oh These Irish Hills!

To be guaranteed a t-shirt, please be sure to register by September 9, 2022.  

6214 Monroe Road (Hwy M-50), Tipton, MI 49287

A majority of the proceeds from this year's event will go to Hidden Lake Gardens' "Reach for the Sky Project".

Run for the “hill” of it!

Three lucky participants from the annual Run for the Hills 5K event get to name “their hill”. The fastest male and female runners, along with an individual selected from a random drawing get to choose names for their hill. Each year, new signage is placed at three of the hills and the signs remain there until new winners are chosen the following year.

NEW THIS YEAR: Finisher Medals for all participants!

Registration Options

We have several options for registration for this year’s Run for the Hills! Events. You can register for the Timed Event online and pay via credit card at Run Signup, or you can download a Timed Event Application, fill it out, and mail it along with your check to OTIH.






To register for the Virtual Event, simply download the Virtual Event Application, fill it out, and mail it along with your check to OTIH.


It Takes a Community!

Each year, Oh These Irish Hills! (OTIH!) supports our local community by sponsoring family fun events such as the Annual Run for the Hills! 1 mile and 5K walk/run in September and the Annual Christmas Gala in December. The proceeds earned from these events are returned to the community in the form of generous donations to other community clubs, organizations, and activities.

For the last twelve years, Hidden Lake Gardens has been a sponsor and location of the OTIH! Annual Run for the Hills! This family fun event for all ages and all fitness levels is the perfect opportunity to spend some time in nature while participating in the 1 mile and/or 5K Run/Walk.

Proceeds from this years events will be donated to OTIH! and to Michigan State University’s beautiful Hidden Lake Gardens. This donation will go towards the Gardens’ “Reach for the Sky” project. Reach for the Sky will include construction of a 10-story, ADA-accessible tree top tower and 700-foot canopy walk. You can get a visualization of what this wonderful addition will look like in the video below.