Fri May 14 - Sun May 16 Big Rapids, MI 49307 US

Virtual Half Marathon

6:00AM EDT - 9:00PM EDT

Virtual 10K

6:00AM EDT - 9:00PM EDT

Virtual 5K Run

6:00AM EDT - 9:00PM EDT

Virtual 5K Wellness Walk

6:00AM EDT - 9:00PM EDT

Join the fight against cancer and participate in the return of the Wheatlake Festival of Races, a virtual event that runs Friday, May 14 through Sunday, May 16, 2021.

What is a virtual race?

A virtual event is an opportunity for you to celebrate your training and fight cancer on your individual schedule while avoiding large crowds.  A virtual race gives you the flexibility to run or walk when and where you choose during the weekend of Friday, May 14 and Sunday, May 16. This family-friendly event can be held on the unmarked Big Rapids Riverwalk and the White Pine Trail courses OR participants may choose their own course.  Race shirts and participatory medals will be awarded to all who sign up for a running event.  

We look forward to seeing your Wheatlake Festival weekend experiences with your friends, kids or furry race partners! Share photos to or text to 517.420.2404.

Will I get a shirt?

Yes, if you register before Sunday, April 18, 2021 you will be guaranteed a shirt. If you register after April 18, extra shirts will be available on a first-come first-serve basis.

Kids shirts are also available for purchase during registration and in the race store for $10.

Shirt pick-up will be Thursday, May 13 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Rotary Fitness Park, next to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital at 705 Oak Street, Big Rapids, MI 49307.

Do I need to submit my time?

No.  A virtual race encourages you to run at your own pace.  Anyone can join to run, jog, or walk. The Wheatlake Festival of Races provides a reason to keep active and get friends and family involved. We all can help lift each other up.

When do I have to complete my virtual race by?

You must complete your virtual run or walk by sundown on Sunday, May 16.

Where does my money go?

Race proceeds will benefit the Wheatlake Cancer and Wellness Fund, helping patients at the Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Center.

Race proceeds will benefit the Susan P. Wheatlake Cancer and Wellness Fund, an endowment of the Spectrum Health Foundation Big Rapids & Reed City Hospitals. The fund provides resources, programming and services that directly impact cancer patients and their families in our region.

The Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Center is a comprehensive regional treatment facility bringing together the full range of services for patients and families on their cancer journey. The cancer center features a Wellness Center, which includes a library, boutique, gift shop and an integrative therapy room. Patients can borrow educational materials from the center and also receive free massages and integrative therapy services. The center hosts support groups and educational sessions to assist patients on the road to recovery. All wellness services are provided FREE OF CHARGE thanks to generous donations to the Wellness Fund.  


Consider sponsoring the Wheatlake Festival of Races!

Partner with us as a sponsor for this meaningful event that supports cancer care for over 12 northwestern Michigan counties. We welcome teams to participate in the event as part of their workplace wellness program and/or to show their support for our cancer patients. 

Employee group discounts or matching donation discounts are available.

Your sponsorship will provide resources and Wellness Center services to patients at the Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Center in Reed City such as gas cards to ensure they can travel to their treatments, free appointments in our on-site boutique such as wig fittings and bra fittings and free integrative therapies such as massage and reflexology to aid their recovery.

Make cancer and wellness services available for your family, friends and neighbors by supporting the Wheatlake Festival of Races. Varying levels of sponsorships are available.


Choose your own route OR run the unmarked Half Marathon course.


Choose your own route OR run the unmarked 10K course.


Choose your own route OR run the unmarked 5K course.


Choose your own route OR run the unmarked Wellness Walk course.


Packet Pick Up and Late Registration

Thursday, May 13, 2021

10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Big Rapids Hospital Professional Office Building
705 Oak Street Ste 5, DOOR A
Big Rapids, MI 49307

Community Champion Sponsor
Ribbon Sponsor
Wellness Warrior Sponsor
Race Contact Info
If you have any questions about this race, please contact the race director at
605 Oak Street
Big Rapids, MI US 49307

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