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Sun December 9, 2018 Grand Rapids, MI US 49506 Directions

The Whoville 5K Run/Walk

$41 1:00PM EST - 3:00PM EST Price increases after November 30, 2018 at 11:59pm EST

Whoville Kid's Fun Run --(Aprox. 200 yards long)

$15 1:00PM EST - 3:00PM EST Registration ends December 6, 2018 at 11:59pm EST
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at

2001 Monroe NW
Grand Rapids, MI US 49506

Join us this year for West Michigan's favorite Christmas run and walk!  Returning again this year are The Grinch, Cat in the Hat, Thing 1, Thing 2, Thing 3, Thing 4, Thing 32, Santa and the infamous Mr and Mrs Mayor!  Kids' Run will include a snowball fight and there will be enough hot chocolate for everyone.

Just a note to all the participants running the race. It is a unisex hoodie we decided on for our race shirt may run a bit tight. 

  • Ladies--order your normal unisex size.
  • Men--you might want to size up one size


Start time of 1pm on Sunday, December 9!! 

Schedule of Events
Wednesday,  Dec 5 at 11pm
• On-Line Registration closes at 11pm. (Additional registrations will still be taken at participant check-in on Dec 7 from Gazelle Sports and race day, Dec 9 from 11:30AM to 1PM)

Friday, Dec 7
• 3pm to 7pm -- Participant check-in/late registration at Gazelle Sports, 3930 28th St SE Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Race Day, Sunday, Dec 9
• 11:30am to 1:00pm -- Runner Check In/Late Registration at Riverside Park, 2001 Monroe Avenue Northeast, Grand Rapids, MI 49505.
• 12:55pm -- Introduction of the characters
• 1pm - the kid's fun run begins
• 5K run begins immediately after kid's run
• 5k walkers line up behind runners
• Approx 2:00pm Costume contest and raffle prizes awarded (most be present to win EXCEPT for Grinch quilt)

There is limited parking at this event..please car pool if possible.

There is no parking in the park since it is closed for the season. All parking is along Monroe and other city streets in the area. **DO NO PARK AT THE MARINE CORPS RESERVE CENTER.** Parking for volunteers will be at the southern most parking lot located at the corner of Monroe and Knapp Streets.

Pedestrian Crossing
We will have crossing guards and a police officer to assist participants in crossing Monroe Ave before the event at the corner of Knapp and Monroe. **There will be no crossing guards after the event so please be careful.**

Runner Check-In Procedure
Runner bibs will be in alphabetical order. Please pin your bib to the most outer layer. This will need to be visible for the refreshment tent.

Spectator Refreshments
We will be selling hot chocolate and coffee at the Whoville Cafe for spectators for a suggested donation of $1 a cup. All proceeds from the cafe will got to Feeding America West Michigan.

Please be prepared to run in snowy, cold weather. If we have a heavy snowfall the weekend of the event, the course will not be plowed or melting materials will not be applied. This is Michigan people! If we get a significant snow event, we will cancel and not reschedule. That call may be made on race day so watch Facebook for the latest details.

If you feel uncomfortable running in the weather we have that day, by all means please don't run.

Race Contact Info
If you have any questions about this race, please contact the race director at
Unisex Hoody Fitting for Men

Message to the gentleman....We feel that the shirts we settled on for the event fit a little tight.

You might want to size up if possible....