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Celebrating our 11th year...Rivertown Races has become a popular family-friendly 1/2 Marathon, 10k, & 5k, with a kids event the evening before. Any of the distances are great for first-timer runners to elites. These events start and finish at the beautiful Meadows of Millennium Park, the largest urban park in the area, located in Walker, MI, southwest of Grand Rapids. Runners will travel over roads, paved trails, and bridges while enjoying the rolling terrain, wetlands, and lakes that encompass this unique location. Food and beverages, music, and family fun will be available throughout the event.
This year we are excited to announce that the Rivertown Races will be presented by our friends at Striders!
"Striders is excited to partner with this premier local spring race, and support the important mission of Bridge Street Ministries (owner and beneficiary) as they work to equip and empower local youth to be future leaders of restoration and hope." -Jeff Jauch, owner
REGISTRATION & DEADLINES
Packet pick up:
April 19 - Friday: Striders - Grandville, MI - 3 - 6 PM (ONLY for the 5k, 10k & half marathon)
April 19 - Friday for Rivertown Kids: Millennium Park - 5 - 5:45 PM
April 20 - Saturday: Millennium Park - Race Day 5:30 AM - 7:15 AM
Medals provided to ALL 5k, 10k, and 1/2 marathon finishers.
TOP FINISHERS AWARDS
Awarded to Overall first place male and female and Overall first place Masters male and female runners for the 5K, 10K & 1/2 marathon events. Age group awards will also be awarded!
We are excited to introduce the Rivertown Kids Fun Run! This fun run will be an untimed, competitive run designed to give kids a positive experience and introduction to the sport of running.
Kids will get to experience the feel of the start line, the sense of accomplishment after completing a significant effort, and the thrill of the finish line...all this without the added pressure of performance.
Don’t get us wrong, we love to win and love to see people push themselves. This just is not that type of event.
Each participant will get a shirt, a medal, and a bib.
Parents or older siblings are welcome to run with the kids.
When: Friday, April 19, 6 PM
Age: 10 and under
stay tuned for 2024 routes!
AID STATIONS / MEDICAL STATIONS
Aid Station #1 – Half marathon mile 2 (Riverbend Dirt Road, near the trail + medical station)
Aid Station #2 – Half marathon mile 3.5 (near Johnson Park parking lot)
Aid Station #3 – All races, roundabout at Millennium Park
Porto John - @ cul-de-sac at Veteran’s Memorial (~mile 7)
Aid Station #4 – 10K & Half, Pedestrian Bridge (+ medical station)
Aid Station #5 – Half marathon, Kent Trails Trail Head
Aid Station #6 – Half marathon, mile 11
START / FINISH - aid + medical station
CHARITY - About Bridge Street Ministries
Bridge Street Ministries is a youth-focused Christian Community Development organization located in the heart of Grand Rapids West Side. 100% of registration donations will go to help complete a new youth center building project that the ministry is currently working on.
To find out more about our ministry, visit bsmgr.org/
Additional race information can be found at http://www.rivertownraces.com/.
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