Spectrum Health Irish Jig

Sat March 16, 2019 Grand Rapids, MI US 49506 Directions


8:30AM EDT - 10:00AM EDT

Cancer Survivor 5K

8:30AM EDT - 10:00AM EDT
Race Website

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


Register online for a discounted rate through Thursday, March 14, 2019. Select your long sleeve, gender-specific, technical shirt size during online registration through Sunday, March 10; those who register after March 10 will select from available shirt sizes at event check-in on Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16 on a first come first served basis.

• $20 for 12 and younger

• $30 for 13 and older

Late register online beginning on Friday, March 15 at 12 a.m. or in person on Friday, March 15 (4 p.m. - 7 p.m.), and
Saturday, March 16 (7 a.m. - 8:30 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 Spectrum Health Irish Jig Team Competition, 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 season with the Spectrum Health Irish Jig! Now in its 36th year, the Irish Jig has grown to become one of Michigan's premier 5K races. This 5K (3.1 mile) USA Track and Field certified 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 visit the Health & Fitness Expo, check-in/late register prior to the event and return for the awards ceremony and costume contest. 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 and Team Competition winners receive awards, and the top overall finishers receive cash awards. All registered participants will receive a long sleeve, gender-specific, technical shirt and access to post-event refreshments. 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.

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

• Animals are not allowed on the run or walk courses; baby strollers are welcome on the walk course but not allowed on the run course due to the number of participants.

• 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 a.m.
                     Walk starts at approximately 8:45 a.m.

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

• The Health & Fitness 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 15 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday, March 16 from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

• In case of severe weather, event directors reserve the right to cancel the race without refunds.  Go to spectrumhealth.org/irishjig to view the 2019 Irish Jig Hazardous Weather Protocol.


Participant Shirts

• Long sleeve, gender-specific, technical shirts featuring the 36th annual Spectrum Health Irish Jig design will be available.  Please see chart for sizing.

• At event check-in, shirts will be provided to those who pre-registered by Sunday, March 10 and selected their shirt size.  Those who registered after Sunday, March 10 can choose from available shirt sizes on a first come first served basis at Irish Jig check-in.

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


Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.

Colorectal Cancer Awareness

Spectrum Health is proud to promote colorectal cancer awareness through the Spectrum Health Irish Jig on Saturday, March 16, 2019.

Among cancers that affect men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, yet it is preventable. Thanks to increased awareness of the risks and symptoms, advances in screening tests, and evolving treatment options, the number of people diagnosed and dying from colorectal cancer continues to decline. For more information, visit http://www.spectrumhealth.org/patient-care/cancer/about-my-cancer/colorectal-cancer.

To donate or raise funds for local colorectal cancer screenings, prevention and diagnostic services, please click HERE or call the Spectrum Health Foundation at 616.391.2000.



Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.


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.  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 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 approximately 10 a.m. at the East Grand Rapids High School gym in conjunction with the costume contest.  Awards not presented during the awards ceremony, including age group awards, will be available for pick-up following the ceremony.

Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.

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).

Three Event Deal (formerly Triple Crown)

Athletes who choose to run local in 2019 can save $15 when registering with the Three Event Deal -- Spectrum Health Irish Jig, Brian Diemer Family of Races (6/8/19) and the Reeds Lake Run (6/22/19).  They will also receive an Irish Jig long sleeve, gender-specific, technical shirt at Irish Jig check-in as well as the registration incentives associated with the two other events in the Three Event Deal.  

Three Event Deal athletes can also participate in the Irish Jig Team Compeition by selecting to be part of a specific team once it has been created online by the team captain.  Medals will be awarded to the top three teams in each division at the Irish Jig awards ceremony.  However, for Team Competition related to the Brian Diemer Family of Races and the Reeds lake Run, team captains will need to establish their teams on each event's website.  Team captains can then move their individual members onto the teams they have created for each event.

NEW this year, Spectrum Health Irish Jig merchandise is available for purchase online now through March 10. Purchase items online for pick-up during the Irish Jig Health & Fitness Expo in the East Grand Rapids High School gym or have items shipped. All proceeds from Irish Jig merchandise orders will benefit the Spectrum Health Cancer Center to fund colorectal cancer screenings, prevention and diagnostic services. 


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