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Spectrum Health Irish Jig

Sat March 17, 2018
Location: Grand Rapids, MI US 49506 Directions
Type: Run or Run/Walk

Register online for a discounted rate through 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2018.  Select your shirt size during online registration through 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, February 27.  Those who register after that time will select from available shirt sizes at event check-in on Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17 on a first come first served basis.

• $20 for 12 and younger

• $30 for 13 and older

Late register online beginning on Friday, March 16 at 12 a.m. or in person on Friday, March 16 (4 p.m. - 7 p.m.), and
Saturday, March 17 (7 a.m. - 9 a.m.) at the East Grand Rapids High School Gym.

• $25 for 12 and younger

• $35 for 13 and older

Registrations are nontransferable and nonrefundable. Online registration will close early if participation reaches the race course capacity of 4,500.

Spectrum Health employees only: If you are planning on participating in the 2018 Gazelle Sports Triple Crown, click here before proceeding with registering for the Irish Jig. (You must be on the Spectrum Health network for this link to work.)


Start your running season with the Spectrum Health Irish Jig! Now in its 35th year, the Irish Jig has grown to become one of Michigan’s premier 5K races. This 5K (3.1 mile) USA Track and Field approved course features long straightaways on Wealthy, Lake and Hall streets. It is mostly flat with a few gentle hills. The start is a short walk from the East Grand Rapids High School gym where you'll check-in/late register prior to the event and return for the Awards Ceremony. Spectrum Health is proud to provide this event as part of its mission to improve the health of the communities it serves.

The top age group winners receive awards, and the top overall finishers receive cash awards. To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Irish Jig which falls in 2018 on St. Patrick's Day, all registered participants will receive a short-sleeve technical shirt and a green beverage glass!  Cancer survivors can select the "Cancer Survivors 5K" when registering and be assigned a "Cancer Survivor" bib to wear during the Irish Jig to help commemorate their journey back to health.

Event Time Price Details
9:00AM EDT - 10:30AM EDT
Cancer Survivor 5K
9:00AM EDT - 10:30AM EDT
2018 Gazelle Sports Triple Crown race series - (3 Event Deal)
9:00AM EDT

This year marks the 26th year of the Gazelle Sports Triple Crown!  Again this year, the Triple Crown is open to both teams and individual runners, with all those who register for all three events -- the Spectrum Health Irish Jig, Brian Diemer Family of Races (6.9.18) and Reeds Lake Run sponsored by Huntington and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (6.23.2018)  -- receiving a Triple Crown stainless steel beverage cup and a $20 Gazelle Sports' gift certificate. 

East Grand Rapids High School
2211 Lake Dr.
Grand Rapids, MI US 49506
Please Note

• Animals and baby strollers are not allowed on the course.

• Walking the course is allowed, but participants must start behind those running the 5K and complete the route within 75 minutes when the finish line closes at 10:30 a.m.
                     Walk starts at approximately 9:15 a.m.

• Weather conditions vary from year to year, so dress appropriately.

• The new Health Beat Expo will take place in the East Grand Rapids High School gym in conjunction with Irish Jig event check-in/late registration on Friday, March 16 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

• In case of severe weather, event directors reserve the right to cancel the race without refunds.  Go to www.spectrumhealth.org/irish-jig to view the 2018 Irish Jig Hazardous Weather Protocol.


Participant Shirts

• Short-sleeve, technical shirts (unisex) featuring the 35th annual Spectrum Health Irish Jig logo along with a commemorative green beverage glass.

• At event check-in, shirts will be provided to those that pre-registered by 11:59p on Tuesday, February 27 and selected their shirt size.  Those who registered after Tuesday, February 27 can choose from available remaining shirt sizes on a first come first served basis.

• If extra shirts are available after the race, they will be sold for a $10 donation to the Spectrum Health Cancer Center.


Colorectal Cancer Awareness

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Race Website

Additional race information can be found at http://www.spectrumhealth.org/irishjig.


Timing is provided by Classic Race Management using ChronoTrack System's “B-tag” disposable timing chips. Results will be posted as they become available in the East Grand Rapids High School gym and at spectrumhealth.org/irishjig and classicrace.com.  During registration you can also select to have a text message sent to your phone with your results information when you cross the Irish Jig finish line.  A QR code will also be available on each participant bib. Scan the code with any smartphone to view your individual race results.

The Spectrum Health Irish Jig Awards Ceremony will take place following the 5K at 10:15 a.m. at the East Grand Rapids High School gym in conjunction with the costume contest.  Celebrate your finish with Shamrock sheet cake provided by D&W Fresh Market, Family Fare and Forest Hills Foods.  Age group awards will be available for pick-up following the Awards Ceremony.

Course Map

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Colorectal Cancer Early Detection and Prevention

Spectrum Health Cancer Center offers you the most comprehensive colorectal cancer program in West Michigan. Our multispecialty team of experts provides the latest colorectal cancer screening techniques and a full range of personalized treatment options to achieve the best outcomes.

To learn more about our colorectal cancer program, visit spectrumhealth.org/colon-rectal-cancer.

If you have been diagnosed with cancer and would like a consultation or second opinion, call Spectrum Health Cancer Center at 1.855.SHCANCER (855.742.2623).


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