“Why We Run Trails” will be held on the beautiful trails at Ionia State Park on Friday evening July 31st starting 6:30 PM. This is a timed but challenging 5k/10k option. This is truly a trail race in and out of the woods - but well marked. Trail running shoes are not necessary - but not discouraged. X Country cleats are also acceptable - but there are a few VERY SHORT road crossings on asphalt. Depending on the year - mosquito repellent is not a bad idea! Additionally - there is a beautiful lake with swimming access - bring your suit so you have the ability to "jump in the lake" and cool off when done! Bath house available :) Cross country runners and coaches: This is a GREAT pre-season race and has been attended by both high school and collegiate racers in the past 8 years. Teams are welcome!!
Your entry in to this race gives you 1 entry in a drawing for a free entry in the Grand Rapids ½ or full marathon this fall! Additionally, Overall winners for each race, each gender – will receive a trophy and certificate to Gazelle sports! Finisher medals to all participants.
Pricing: $20 for the 5k and $25 for the 10K! $10 for the timed mile! (until July 29th online). Sign up on race day for $5 more ($25 for the 5k and $30 for the 10K)
As always, all race proceeds go back to our Annual Campaign to help promote health and wellness for EVERYONE - and most specifically - to our 3rd grade water safety program helping all Ionia County children recognize the value of safe water behaviors!
Post race refreshments: Due to popular response - our hot dog roast will be back! Hot dogs roasted for you!! Chips and a fruit also provided.
“Why We Run Roads” being held on Sunday, October 4th is a 5k/10k out and back, flat, fast and timed. 5k is entirely on hard pack crushed limestone. 10k miles 2-4 on paved section. Great for the first time or experienced runner looking for a fast run with good competition.
Sign up for both races and save $5 per race and also quadruple your chance of winning a free entry for the Grand Rapids ½ or full marathon this fall! Entry in to 1 race gives you 1 chances, entry in both gives you 4 chances! A $140 value!
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