Why We Run ROADS 5k & 10K

Sun April 24, 2022 Ionia, MI 48846 US Directions
Why We Run Roads - Sunday, April 24

Why We Run Roads 5k

12:00PM EDT - 1:00PM EDT

Why We Run Roads 10k

12:00PM EDT - 2:00PM EDT
2741 W Riverside Dr.
Ionia, MI US 48846

Why We Run Roads and Trails" is a local race series for the trail runner advocates!  The first portion of our series "Roads", will run Sunday, April 24th on the Rivertrail starting at the bottom of the park and ride on Riverside Drive, half way between Saranac and Ionia.  The course is fast and flat - mostly crushed limestone and very smooth to run. It's a beautiful and peaceful area to run. 

T-shirts for all participants with medals for age division winners and trophies for overall and masters winners.

$20 for the 5k and $25 for the 10K!   Price increase the week of the race.  Be sure to pre-register as there is no race day registration.

Start time for both the 5k and 10k is Noon. Packet Pick Up is race day at the park starting at 11 am.

As always, all race proceeds go back to our Annual Campaign to help promote health and wellness for EVERYONE at the Ionia County YMCA.  Additionally, these races help support our 3rd grade water safety program! This program provides over 1000 area 3rd graders with the opportunity to learn how to manage themselves safely around and in the water which is VITAL to the safety of children who live in a "water filled" state! Please come support us! 

Parking info: This event takes place on State land.  A state park pass is REQUIRED for entrance. If you do not have one, you can purchase one at the gate.

The race is professionally timed by the Michigan Running Foundation. Results will be live during the race and posted on this website.

Refer friends and get a $10 refund

Get the word out to your friends about this great race! When you refer 3 or more participants you'll get a refund of up to $10.00! Details provided at checkout.

Donate and Receive a FREE Entry!

If you would like to support our cause and get a free entry to the race donate $50. When you register for the race your entry will be free! Simply Sign Up and follow the steps to register and on the donation screen enter $50. ($20 discount for 5k, $25 discount for 10k, applied during checkout) Donate $25 and you'll receive a $10 discount off your 5k or 10k race entry fee. Valid until the price increase on April 17th, then it's a $20 discount off the 5k and a $25 discount off the 10k. 

Note - You must register for the race and follow the steps to the donation page and select your donation amount. If you donate first your donation discount will not be applied to the registration.

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