Runners rejoice! Now that temperatures are slowly but surely rising, perfect outdoor running weather is upon us. And luckily for Grand Rapids-area runners, there are plenty of upcoming races in coming months.
Here’s just a few races happening around the Grand Rapids area this spring.
Long run — May 9 in downtown Grand Rapids
Fifth Third Bank’s 38th annual River Bank Run is the largest 25k road race in the country — and boasts the only wheelchair and Handcycle divisions for a 25k in the world. Although the race is a long one — at just over 16 miles — shorter lengths are also offered.
“Participants can choose from the 25K Relay, 10K Run, 5K Run, 25K, 10K and 5K Run Team Competition, 5K Run/10K Combo, 5K Run/25K Combo, 5K Community Walk and Fifth Third Junior (May 6).”
Participants have until May 4 to register for the race and can do so here.
Dress like a superhero — June 9 in Grand Rapids
If you’re looking for entertainment outside of running a 5k, the Super Run will certainly provide that. Dress up as Batman, Wonderwoman, Spiderman … whichever super hero tickles your fancy — or you could make up one yourself!
The June 6 race allows day-of $40 registration, but is $35 if you register online before the race date. If you prefer to take a stroll instead, there’s a 1k option for walkers. This race’s benefits go to Lutheran Social Services of Michigan.
Trail running — May 29-31 in Middleville
If you’re feeling like you need to reconnect with nature, here’s your perfect run. The Yankee Springs Trail Run goes throughout the entire weekend of May 29-31 and hosts:
“10k Friday night, a marathon and double marathon on Saturday, and a half marathon on Sunday.”
Although this is a hike from Grand Rapids, there’s a bonus here: you can stay over the weekend in the cabins! This race has potential great family or friends outing.
The cost for different races vary, but there is day-of race entry.
Mud run — June 20 in Grandville
This one’s for you, folks who don’t mind a little dirt. The Mudventure 5k is a test of endurance, taking runners through obstacle courses covered in plenty of mud. Proceeds go to the Walking By Faith broadcast ministry.
Registration costs vary based on when folks register — but there’s a $5 discount for groups. Learn more about pricing here.
Race with grandma … or dress up like one — June 20 in Grand Rapids
So here’s a quirky one — the Beat the Grandma race in Grand Rapids on June 20. Real grandma’s will be given a handicap and get to start the race early — those dressed up as grandmas, or not, then get their chance to try and beat the grandmas.
Registration for this race is extremely affordable, at $20. Early registration is $15.
Bonus points for this run: if you enter this race, you get to enter a lottery for the Labor Day Bridge Run across the Mackinaw Bridge. AND “grandma’s cookies” will be sold at the race also.
To check out more races happening this summer and spring in the Grand Rapids area, click here.