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For 2023, Millennium Meadows Marathon is proud to be hosting its 6th year! We will feature a Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k, and the newly added Marathon RELAY. All four events will take place Sunday, August 27th.
Wait...did you say that in 2023 there would be a Team Relay for the Full Marathon???? YES!
But what else is new? New this year we are offering a referral program! Once you register you'll see a referral link that you can share via social media or email, with whoever will signup. Once they register using that code, YOU will be refunded $5 per person. It's good for as many times, until your registration is fully refunded! Who doesn't love money back?
Secchia Meadows provides the perfect course for a team relay, with each relay leg being roughly 4 miles. Round up a team and come compete. We'll set up a relay row, where teams can place tents and have a great time.
Millennium Meadows Marathon events occur at Secchia Meadows in Millennium Park, one of the many Kent County Parks and what we think is the most scenic and beautiful. You will run on a wide and paved path that crosses a footbridge, winds along the Grand River, and cuts through meadows. Most of the course is heavily shaded.
We are a proud supporter of the Kent County Parks Department and Team World Vision - Grand Rapids. Use our Donate button on the left menu, select which organization and follow the steps.
Full Marathon 6 loops for 26.2 miles YES! THIS IS A BOSTON QUALIFIER (USATF CERTIFIED) COURSE
Marathon Relay 6 loops for 26.2 miles
Half Marathon 3 loops for 13.35 Half Marathon (with a 13.1 split mat!)
10k Distance 1 loop
There will be two aid stations located on each loop, stocked with water and Gatorade. Water and Gatorade tables will be well spread out, and volunteers will place cups onto the tables. There will be no food provided on the course.
We award the first place winner of both Men's and Women's for each distance. We also award Age Group Winners, for first through third place, Men's and Women's, for each event.
0-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60+ (and don't worry, you chronically gifted runners, if there are age brackets above these, we'll take care of you!)
Full Marathon 6:00 am (Special 5am start for the Velocity Challenged for marathon only!)
Half Marathon 7:00 am
Marathon Relay 7:00 am
10K (1 Modified loop) 8:00 am
After completing your event, Post-Race Village will be open to come and pick up a prepackaged snack, water, Gatorade, and beverages provided by New Holland Brewing CO. Secchia Meadows is blessed with tons of grassy space to spread out, recover and cheer on incoming runners
SATURDAY PACKET PICK UP - At Fulton Street Pub & Grill, 801 W. Fulton Street, from 2 pm - 6 pm.
RACE DAY - In the pavilion at the race site starting at 5:15 a.m.
LATE REGISTRATION - ONLINE ONLY - We will not have late registration available at the race site however you can register on your phone up till the start of the race.
We can’t thank you enough for your participation and look forward to seeing you at the starting line for a fun race day!
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.
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The course for the marathon is the same as the Last Chance BQ.2 Marathon - Grand Rapids. The half marathon uses the same course, but only 3 loops instead of 6 with a shorter leg to the finish line for a total of 13.35 miles (with a 13.1 official half marathon split mat). The 10K uses the marathon course but with only one loop. It's about a mile from the start to the loop, and about a mile from the loop back to the finish. FOR THE MARATHON ONLY--A 5:00AM EARLY START IS RECOMMENDED FOR RUNNERS WHO WILL TAKE MORE THAN 6 HOURS!
The loop is 4.05 miles long. Mostly flat. The section between 2.5 and 3.5 (on the first time around) rolls gradually uphill but there are no major hills.
Aid stations at the beginning of the loop (about the 1 mile mark) and in the middle (just past the 3 mile mark) with Gatorade, Water, and maybe a little extra nutrition as well. We're likely to have some GU packets available, but plan to carry your own stuff as well.
MARATHON ONLY--5AM START AVAILABLE FOR "VELOCITY CHALLENGED" RUNNERS. IF YOU PLAN TO WIN AN AWARD OR QUALIFY FOR BOSTON, YOU NEED TO START AT THE NORMAL START TIME AT 6AM
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NOTE--FOR 2021 WE ARE CHANGING TO A 10K COURSE. MAP TO BE POSTED SOON.
Six Mile Course (Note--the 6 mile finish line is adjusted to be at the same place as the marathon finish line, so the course is about 58 feet longer by the time you get to the finish line.)
Age Limits? No. You or your parents determine if you're old enough.
Packet Pickup--On race day, in the pavilion at the race site at 5:15 a.m. SATURDAY PACKET PICKUP Saturday afternoon from 2 pm - 6 pm at Fulton Street Pub & Grill, 801 W. Fulton Street. LATE REGISTRATION WILL BE AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY. USE YOUR SMARTPHONE FROM YOUR CAR TO REGISTER. SUBJECT TO REGISTRATION LIMITS
Early Start for MARATHON at 5:00 a.m. The general marathon start is at 6:00. No early start for Half Marathon or 10K. Half marathon is at 7:00 a.m. 10K is at 8:00 a.m.
Finisher medals for all events. Gender specific T-shirts for all events. Age Group Awards for all age groups and places.
Timing All timing and placing will be chip time. If you have ego involved in crossing the finish line first, then start near the front and pass the person in front of you.
YES, this is a Boston qualifying course.
Time Limits? Keep moving and act like you're trying to finish in a reasonable time. We won't have any problems. Stop for a picnic, and we'll probably go home without you.
Is there room for people to push a running stroller on the course? Yes! This race and course are welcoming to running with a stroller.
THERE ARE NO REFUNDS. You can defer your entry to next year or transfer to another person. Look up your entry and click on the "MORE DETAILS" link. Then select Defer or Transfer to another runner.
Anyone signing up for the event after 8/25/2021 shirts will be available after the event. If you don't get one at the event, we will get you one!
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