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Longest Year EVER 5K Trail Run at Blandford Nature Center

Friday September 18th, 2020

Grand Rapids, MI

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SiGN UP NOW! This great race is moving to a new date. Rather than the Longest Day 5K, we’re calling it the Longest Year EVER 5K! The race will now take place on September 18, 2020, at Blandford Nature Center. We're looking forward to this event where runners will enjoy the natural beauty within Grand Rapids city limits. This family-friendly in-person event includes a Two Bones BBQ boxed meal, a beer from DeHop's Brewing Company & Café, and live entertainment. Run for a cause and have an impact by helping to raise funds for kids to learn in and through nature.

Kids' Fun Run Details:
*Start time: 5:30pm & 6:00pm
*Entry Fee $8
*Metal for all runners

Adult 5k Details:
*Professionally timed trail run*First corral start time 6:15pm 
*15-minute increment rolling start corrals
*Two Bones BBQ boxed meal
*Commemorative glass for all runners and 21 years+ receive a complementary DeHop's Brewing Company & Café beverage.
*Live Music

This in-person race has the goal to provide a truly fun and competitive racing experience for the participants while adhering to all CDC social distancing and safety guidelines.

The race will have a time-trial type set up which will allow runners to start individually or in small groups of associated participants (family members or participants that live together) during designated times between 6:15- 6:45 PM.  While registering, participants will be asked to select a 15 minute starting time slot.  Participants will begin their race during the selected time slot.  There is a limit starting positions available for each starting time slot and they are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  In order to maintain safe distancing and traffic control on the racecourse, participants must start during their selected starting time slot.  If a particular starting time is not available it means it has reached the maximum number of participants for that time slot.  


To help ensure the safety of the participants all participants must adhere to the following requirements:

-Participants are required to be completely self-sufficient.  No water stops, refreshments, or medical assistance will be provided. Bottled drinks will be available after the race. 

-Masks will be worn by all volunteers. Participants will are asked to wear masks as they gather near the start - while keeping a distance during the rolling start time. Once the race begins masks will not be required. We'll have masks on hand for those that need one.
-Participants must follow all CDC safe distancing guidelines.

-Participants must be in good health and symptom-free from any illness for at least 2 weeks prior to the event.
-After picking up their race number and upon approaching the starting line participants are required to immediately begin their race.  Participants will not be allowed to congregate or conduct any race preparation (warm-ups, stretching, adjusting or changing apparel, etc.) in the starting area.  Participants should approach the starting line ready to run.
-Except for passing, participants should always remain on the far right-hand side of the pathway.  Participants passing one another on the course must adhere to “no drafting” rules which include being no closer than 10 feet behind or in front of, or 6 feet beside other competitors at any time.  Participants may pass only when there are not any oncoming runners approaching from the opposite direction.  Before passing, participants must be sure they can safely remain 10 feet behind and then 10 feet in front of the participant being overtaken before merging back to the right-hand side of the pathway.
-Upon completing their run and crossing the finish line participant must continue moving towards the exit of the finish area.  Participants will be required to leave the finish line area and proceed to the farm open area.  

Failure to adhere to any of the stated race requirements will result in the immediate disqualification of the participant.

Please keep in mind that your cooperation and adherence to all safe distancing practices is the key to us being able to offer competitive events like this in the foreseeable future. 

Race participants and all volunteers  will be emailed a Covid-19 checklist required for each participant attending.

We're excited to offer an exciting trail run event! Don't wait to sign up. Spots are limited! 

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Start Location

3143 Milo St NW, Grand Rapids, MI

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