Gorilla Grind VIP 5K (Virtual / In Person) 2021

Sat October 16, 2021 Pittsburg, KS 66762 US
P.O. Box 480
Pittsburg, KS US 66762

Welcome to the 44th Annual Gorilla Grind 5K, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Pittsburg, Kansas. Last year, due to the Covid pandemic, the event was held virtually and was still a wonderful success! This year, we invite all registrants to come participate in person OR virtually!  If you decide to run in person, it will be the same wonderful event that you have grown to love!  This includes course support from members of PSU ROTC and the big cannon to start the race!  If you choose to participate virtually, YOU pick the time and place!  Our hope is to get participants both at the Weede on race day - AND running all over the world!

Proceeds from the Gorilla Grind 5K provides scholarships to local high school students entering Pittsburg State University.  A scholarship also is awarded to a student entering PSU Army ROTC.  Pittsburg Noon Rotary works hard to put on an exceptional event!

  • Chip timing
  • Finisher awards for top male and female runners by age group (in person runners only)
  • Custom finisher medal for all runners who cross the finish line (in person or virtually)
  • Official GG5K 2021 race goodies aka "SWAG"
  • Premium soft tri-blend long sleeve shirt (must register by Oct 1st)

Packet pickup for in-person runners is 6:15am-6:45am on October 16th before the race starts. The in person race will start at 7:00am and help kick off PSU's Homecoming activities. Virtual runners can pick up their "swag bag" of race goodies from 7am-10am at the start/finish line at the Weede.  

 Shipping packets will require an extra fee of $7.00 which must be chosen as an add-on. You will be contacted via email when you can pick-up the packets.  Packets will be available after the close of the event.  If you do not select the shipping add-on and do not pick up your swag bag on race day, it WILL NOT BE MAILED.  Runners must register by Oct 1st to receive a shirt. 

Custom awards are produced and sponsored by our wonderful supporters and friends at Miller's - MPIX for the following categories:

  • Overall Male – 1,2,3rd
  • Overall Female – 1,2,3rd
  • 14 and under Male – 1,2,3rd
  • 14 and under Female – 1,2,3rd
  • 15-19 Male – 1,2,3rd
  • 15-19 Female – 1,2,3rd
  • 20-29 Male -  1,2,3rd
  • 20-29 Female – 1,2,3rd
  • 30-39 Male -  1,2,3rd
  • 30-39 Female – 1,2,3rd
  • 40-49 Male -  1,2,3rd
  • 40-49 Female – 1,2,3rd
  • 50-59 Male -  1,2,3rd
  • 50-59 Female – 1,2,3rd
  • 60 and up Male -  1,2,3rd
  • 60 and up Female – 1,2,3rd

We encourage all registrants to post pictures on our Facebook page @GorillaGrind5K.

For more information on the race, contact Zach Adams by email: Zach@ckt.net.  Thank you to all our registrants and sponsors for making our event a great success!

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