Heart of a Lion 5K *All proceeds benefit the Jackson Area 19 SPECIAL OLYMPICS*

Sun October 4, 2020 Jackson, MI US 49203 Directions

5k Run

$25 9:00AM EDT Price increases after September 27, 2020 at 11:59pm EDT

5k Walk

$25 9:00AM EDT Price increases after September 27, 2020 at 11:59pm EDT
2800 4th St
Jackson, MI US 49203

Mark your calendars for the Sixth annual Special Olympics Michigan Area 19 (Jackson County), chip timed 5K Run/Walk at the beautiful Ella Sharp Park located at 2800 Fourth St. Jackson, MI 49203. The race will be held on Sunday October 4th at 9 a.m. with a SOMI athlete/kids Fun Run to follow.

Awards will be given for  Overall male, Overall female, 1st-3rd places for divisions Male, Female, Male masters (40+) and Female Masters (40+) for both the 5k run and the 5k walk.

Packet pick up will be on Saturday October 3rd from 3pm-5pm at the Special Olympics office at our NEW location 210 E. McDevitt Jackson, MI 49203

Race Day Registration and packet pick up will start at 7am

Proceeds from this race will benefit the Jackson Area 19 Special Olympics and will be used to provide year round sports training and athletic competition for persons with intellectual disabilities. All proceeds stay in Jackson, County.

The race will be professionally timed by the Michigan Running Foundation. Results will be posted during the race and on the web at Playmakers.com.

* Please note that race shirts cannot be guaranteed if registered after September 20th and will be given to registrants on a first come / first serve basis while supplies last.  


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. ($25 discount applied during checkout. Valid until September 27th) Donate $25 and you'll receive a $10 discount off your 5k race entry fee.

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Athlete Oath:

“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt!”

Course Map

Accurate 5k. Chipped timed.

ORS Race Series Information

This race is part of the 2020 ORS Race Series

Orthopaedic Rehab Specialists, mid-Michigan’s best physical therapy and sports performance coaching company, presents the ORS Race Series with 10 races of all distances and challenge levels.

The Series’ mission is to provide incentives and opportunities for Jackson and surrounding communities to get fit and active.


This race is endorsed by The Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and part of the  Michigan Fitness Foundation Challenge. The challenge encourages Michiganders to engage with events that promote physical activity, health and wellness. You will receive a FIT point for every endorsed event you participate in or volunteer for from January 1st until December 31st. Points earn cool swag and a chance to win various prizes! To sign up and learn more click HERE. There is no cost to this challenge.


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