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July 14, 2023 | 6:00 p.m. | Downtown Dowagiac
Join us in the fight against cancer!
In the last 16 years alone, Steve's Run has raised over $180,000 for cancer research and student scholarships (split evenly).
To continue the tradition, the 49th Steve's Run will once again start and end in Downtown Dowagiac. Named the Original Road and Trail Race, Steve's Run will take participants through the paved roads of Dowagiac, a golf course, a cemetery, and the Southwestern Michigan College wooded trails.
We hope you'll join us to raise money for these important causes.
Steve's Run is named in honor of Steven Briegel, the son of former Southwestern Michigan College president David Briegel. Steve died in 1990 at the age of 22 after a five-and-a-half-year battle with cancer. He was a 1986 graduate of Dowagiac Union High School and had played basketball, golf, and in the band for the Chieftains. He graduated with honors from SMC and was a junior in the Ferris at SMC program at the time of his death.
After Steve’s passing, SMC’s annual Road and Trail Race, which began in 1972, was renamed Steve’s Run and was dedicated to honor all who have fought or are still fighting cancer, with proceeds being split evenly between cancer research and the Steven Briegel Scholarship.
SMC continues to host Steve’s Run yearly with the support of the City of Dowagiac and through generous donations from community partners.
Honor your loved one by purchasing a "Fire Up" course sign. This custom yard sign will be placed along the 5k course (10k course will follow this path as well) to remind runners of the people that have been impacted by cancer. Proceeds from the signs will be donated to cancer research. Head to the navigation bar at the top and click "Store."
T-shirts are available through race registration or while supplies last. To be guaranteed a t-shirt, please register by
June 2, 2023.
T-shirt deadline EXTENDED - To be guaranteed a t-shirt, please register by June 26, 2023!
Late registration and packet pickup will be open at the following times:
Please note that registration on race day will be open until the race start time. However, we encourage all participants to pick up their packets before 5:30 p.m., if possible.
Early Registration: Now–May 26, 2023
Regular Registration: May 27–July 12, 2023
Late Registration: July 13, 2023 and Race Day
After the race, the celebration continues with a beer tent presented by Oak and Ash! The tent will include cold alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages and music. Runners will receive one complimentary beverage by presenting their bib. Runners, friends, and family are invited to raise a glass with us to support a great race and cause.
*Don't forget your ID! Green wristbands will be distributed to those 21 and over.
Need to refuel after the race? There will be plenty of options for you to do so! Runners can enjoy the free snacks and beverages at the hospitality tent after the race. Other options include food trucks, various downtown restaurants and of course inside of Oak and Ash.
We will be awarding medals to the top three male and top three female runners in each of the following groups:
14 & under
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