Gourdy's Pumpkin Run: Grand Rapids

Sat October 10, 2020 Directions
Events
2020 Event Cancelled Due to COVID-19

We know there are very important things going on in the world right now, but we felt it was necessary to address the status of our events and not keep you in the dark. 


Since 2012, Erik and I, and the Sour Fish Events team, have been fueled by one goal - to bring The Great Pumpkin Run, now Gourdy’s Pumpkin Run, to our passionate fans. What started as a single event in Cincinnati with just over 100 people, has grown into a popular event series that takes place across the country. We scheduled 21 locations this year and aimed to attract over 90,000 of you, while also working to expand our Virtual Run, which we started in 2016. That was our plan.


Our goal across all of our events, including our Virtual Run, has always been to make this a memorable and fun experience for our participants, not just a race registration. We have worked to add many new features to the overall experience throughout the winter, to make sure that from the time you register, to the time you cross the finish line, it’d be an experience you’d remember. We want to be interactive with you, and give you content and an outlet for training, making new friends, and encouraging one another. From the social media groups, to our podcast, to the newly-launched YouTube channel and challenges, to an app we’re launching later this summer, it’s always been about you and how we can enhance your experience. 


Sadly, we’re dealing with a virus that has greatly impacted our country and the world; the event industry, along with many others, has been turned upside down. We have remained optimistic that fall events would happen but unfortunately, Gourdy’s Pumpkin Run in Grand Rapids is cancelled this year due to the current pandemic of COVID-19. 


As a small event planning company, we started planning these events as soon as the 2019 season ended. We secured permits, added and searched for new venues, designed and placed orders for our 2020 lightweight tech hoodies and finisher’s medals, we began booking restrooms, tents, EMS teams, UTV rentals, traffic control, and hundreds of other small details that go into the event to make it safe and fun. Before we spent any more time, energy, and money in the planning process, we decided we needed to look at each event and assess if we would be able to make it happen this fall given the current pandemic and the projections for what the fall holds. The health and safety of our participants has always been our top priority and it always will be, and was the main consideration in our decision. Looking at each venue, we took into consideration the layout, space, time of year, and an entire slew of other criteria. With ideas on how we can make the event socially distanced and safe, some of the events can happen with our plan while others can’t. As outlined above, all of this takes so many resources, which is why we are not going to wait it out and see if things turn for the better; rather, we need to be able to make decisions now so we can bring this event back to you in 2021. 


We can tell you from the bottom of our hearts, we’re devastated. Fall to our team is not just another season, it’s our livelihood. It’s what we work for during the nine other months of the year - to be able to travel to every city, see each one of you, high five you at the finish line and place the hard-earned medal around your neck. It’s not simply a job for us, it’s truly what we love to do. 


And while we cannot gather at the starting line like we normally do, we still want to offer some options for you, which are listed below. Whether you join our amazing Virtual Run community to keep the fall tradition alive this year, or opt to wait until next year, we thank you and truly cannot wait to see you again. We do not make this decision lightly, but with the highest standards for the health and safety of our participants in mind. While we are going through a very dark time in America and the world, the promise of our sport will continue shining a bright light for the future. 


Stay safe, and we hope to see you again soon,


Courtney, and the Sour Fish Events team

 

OPTION 1: JOIN OUR VIRTUAL RUN AND RECEIVE 50% YOUR 2021 REGISTRATION (ACTION REQUIRED)

We know a lot of you are training for race day and don’t want those efforts to go to waste. While we can’t gather as planned, we would love to invite you to join our Virtual Run! 

Our Virtual Run began in 2016 and has become extremely popular over the years. Each year, we try to make it as great of an experience as possible. From the virtual training runs all throughout summer to the shared online experience come fall, we try to set ours apart and make it special. Plus, we have some fun surprises in the works that will make it that much better in 2020!

We will mail your race swag directly to your house and you can complete your run or walk from your own neighborhood, a local park, the treadmill---really, wherever you want! 

While COVID-19 has thrown a wrench into everyone's schedules, one of the greatest things about our Virtual Run is we keep it open all fall. You can run or walk your 5K anytime, anywhere between September 1st and November 22nd. Your packet will contain a sealed medal, so you can reward yourself with it once you complete your distance on your own time!

Beyond offering our Virtual Run transfer, we will also email you a coupon code for 50% off next year's event. While it’s a sizable discount, we feel it’s worth it as we want to encourage you to join us next fall when it’s safe to do so. This will be emailed to you when registration launches next year.

 

To transfer to the Virtual Run, follow these steps. This must be done by July 10, 2020 at 11:59PM

Log into RunSignup and go to your profile: https://runsignup.com/Profile

Under the Upcoming Events section, click MANAGE REGISTRATION next to your Gourdy’s Pumpkin Run registration.

Click the TRANSFER TO ANOTHER RACE tab

Choose ‘Gourdy’s Pumpkin Run: Virtual Run’ and click ‘Start Transfer’

Follow the rest of the registration process as directed on screen

 

If you added any items on during your original registration (merchandise, Tough Pumpkin, etc.), be sure to add them on here

At the checkout screen, it will show a zero amount due (unless you added any extra merchandise that wasn’t in your original registration)

 

 

OPTION 2: DEFER YOUR REGISTRATION TO 2021 OR 2022 (NO ACTION REQUIRED)

We are working out all the details for next year already and will share them as they become available. Regardless, you can easily defer your registration until next year for free! This is the default option and if this is what you want to do, then simply sit back and relax. Your current registration will automatically be deferred and you don’t need to do anything until it’s time to sign up. 

Once registration opens for the 2021 event, you’ll be able to claim your deferral and sign up for free! This is good for any of the 2021 locations and also the Virtual Run. That way, if the 2021 date doesn’t align with your schedule, you can choose a different location or simply join the Virtual Run next year!

If at that point you decide you want to wait until 2022, your deferral credit will still be valid the next year. So, no decisions have to be made until you’re ready to sign up in either 2021 or 2022! 

 

 

 

 

 

OPTION 3:  TRANSFER TO ANOTHER GOURDY’S PUMPKIN RUN (ACTION REQUIRED)

As we outlined above, we are still planning a few of our races to happen this fall, albeit they will be socially distanced and have a very different feel to them when compared to your typical race day. If you are nearby and can safely travel to one of these this year, we have set it up so you can easily transfer your existing registration for free.

We will outline the steps below but you must complete the transfer online no later than July 10, 2020 at 11:59PM. 

To transfer to a different Gourdy’s Pumpkin Run, follow these steps: 

Log into RunSignup and go to your profile: https://runsignup.com/Profile

Under the Upcoming Events section, click MANAGE REGISTRATION next to your Gourdy’s Pumpkin Run registration.

Click the TRANSFER TO ANOTHER RACE tab

Choose any of the races on the list and click ‘Start Transfer’

Follow the rest of the registration process as directed on screen

If you added any items on during your original registration (merchandise, Tough Pumpkin, etc.), be sure to add them on here

At the checkout screen, it will show a zero amount due (unless you added any extra merchandise that wasn’t in your original registration)

Click ‘Complete Registration’ and you’re all set! 

 

OTHER SCENARIOS AND FAQS:

 

Q: What if I defer to 2021 or 2022 and I am unable to make the event then?

A: We would allow you to transfer to the Virtual Run for that year or to any other event location. The only caveat is we need to know at least 3 weeks prior to the event date you deferred to. For example, if you defer and the 2021 event is scheduled for, say, October 9, 2021, you would need to let us know by September 18, 2021 that you want to either change event locations or be placed in the Virtual Run. We are easy going and will have no issue helping you---just send us an email! 

 

Q: I added on merchandise and/or challenges like Tough Pumpkin. What happens to those add-ons?

A: The nice thing about doing this all through RunSignup is that you’ll receive full credit for any additional add-on items you originally purchased. So, if you are transferring to the Virtual Run this year, when you go to do the transfer, simply add those items on and they will be covered! If you defer to 2021/2022, same thing. The credit will be there and you simply add those items on during your registration. 

 

Q: I volunteered in 2019 and used my free race code for this year. Am I out of luck now?

A: Nope, we got you covered! But, it is a little tricky due to how RunSignup treats credits when transferring. If you volunteered last year and used your free registration code for the 2020 event, you will need to email us if you are choosing to transfer to the Virtual Run, transferring to a different Gourdy’s Pumpkin Run this year, or if you are deferring to 2022. If you are simply deferring to 2021, no action is needed and you’ll automatically be moved over! Our email is info@sourfishevents.com 

 

Q: I am not tech savvy. Can I do all of this myself?

A: RunSignup makes this so very easy, so we advise giving it a try. By the time you type up an email to us, you could have likely completed the transfer or deferral process. However, if you are having issues, email us: info@sourfishevents.com  Please note that we are a very small team and we also take time to answer each and every email individually. While we aim to reply as quickly as possible, we would love your patience as we are sure it will be a busy week. 

- In summary, if you want to defer to 2021 or 2022, you don’t need to do anything right now. If you want to join the Virtual Run this year or transfer to a different race location this year, you must follow the steps above by July 10, 2020 at 11:59PM. Otherwise, your registration will automatically be deferred and ready for use come 2021 or 2022.

Place
Ah-Nab-Awen Park
220 Front Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Description

Fall is here and so is Gourdy's Pumpkin Run!

Get ready to tackle 3.1 miles in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. Participants will enjoy a scenic run that starts out at Ah-Nab-Awen Park before progressing through the city streets. Going through the neighboring streets, the fall foliage is sure to be spectacular! 

Be sure to invite friends and create a team of 4+, as each team member will save $5. Pumpkins, apple cider, and friends---it doesn't get much better! 

WHAT YOU'LL RECEIVE

-Entry to the 5K run or walk (all ages and abilities welcome)
-2020 lightweight tech hoodie, perfect for fall running weather
-2020 finisher's medal
-Commemorative race bib with chip timing
-Cup of apple cider at the finish line
-Free professional race photos
-Small pumpkin to take home

Prices increase as the race gets closer. Secure your spot today to get the best price!

We always need awesome volunteers to help make the race a success. We have several shifts to choose from when signing up. Besides having a great time at a beautiful park, you'll receive:

-Choice of a FREE race registration or a donation made to a charity of your choice

-Exclusive volunteer longsleeved shirt

-Light snacks throughout the shift

Use the menu to navigate to the volunteer page to view available shifts (or just click here).

3.1 miles too easy for you? Add on the Tough Pumpkin option and we'll supply you with a pumpkin to run or walk with during the race! Cross the finish line with it and you'll earn a second, exclusive Tough Pumpkin medal!

Be sure to use #gourdyspumpkinrun while training and at the event! Throughout the spring and summer, we will randomly select people using the hashtag and send them training swag! Follow us on Instagram for more chances to win (@gourdyspumpkinrun)!

After signing up for the race, be sure to download the free Strava training app. We have an awesome club with tons of member encouragement, contests, virtual training runs, and more! Track all of your runs and walks this summer and motivate others to stay active in their training!

Click here to download the free Strava training app for either iOS or Android. 

Earn Your Registration Back and Exclusive Swag

While the race is an amazing experience itself, it's even better when you have friends join you! Once you sign up to run or walk, you will automatically become part of the Pumpkin Support League (or PSL for short!) Refer friends and family to join you to earn awesome rewards throughout the months leading up to race day. Here's how it works:

1) Sign up for the race. Once you complete your registration, you'll receive a unique URL link to share.

2) Share this unique link with friends and family as often as you'd like.

3) Each time someone signs up through your link, you'll accrue one referral. Earn five referrals and get $20 credited back to you. Easy peasy!

Don't stop there. There are more prizes to earn as you continue spreading the word. Here is the referral prize chart:

5 Referrals: $20 of your registration fee credited back 

10 Referrals: Exclusive PSL Beanie

15 Referrals: Exclusive PSL Big Comfy Hoodie

20 Referrals: The remainder of your base registration fee credited back 

The beanie and Big Comfy Hoodie are designed exclusively for our PSL members (read: you cannot buy these!)

Sign up, get your shareable link, and start spreading the pumpkin love! 

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Additional race information can be found at http://gourdyspumpkinrun.com/.

Directions

Ah-Nab-Awen Park
220 Front Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

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