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

Sun August 25, 2024 Jackson, MI 49203 US Directions


5k Run

$25 9:00AM EDT - 11:00AM EDT Price increases after August 18, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT

5k Walk

$25 9:00AM EDT - 11:00AM EDT Price increases after August 18, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT


2800 Fourth St.
Jackson, MI US 49203


Mark your calendars for the 10th Annual Special Olympics Michigan Area 19 (Jackson County) Heart of a Lion 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, August 25th at 9 a.m. with a SOMI athlete/Kids Fun Run to follow.

Pricing: $25 until 8/18, then $30. 

T-Shirts guaranteed to those who register by August 14th, supplies available as they last after that date.

Overall Awards will be given to the top male and female finishers of Open (all ages), and Masters (40+), in the 5k Run, and 5k Walk.

Age Groups Awards to the top 3 places in each age group: 

5k Run age groups: 0-12, 13-14, 15-17, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69. 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85+

5k Walk age groups: 0-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

Packet pick up will be on Saturday, August 24th from 3-5 p.m. at the SOMI office located at 210 East McDevitt Jackson, MI 49203. Race day packet pickup will start at 7:00 am at the race location, Ella Sharp Park. Race day registration is available until 8:45 a.m.

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.

Results will be available live during the event and posted online at this website. 

Please note there are no dogs permitted at this event. Service dogs excluded. Please see the full policy under Race Info. This is for the safety of both our participants and your dogs. Thank you. 

The race will be professionally timed by the Michigan Running Foundation. The Heart of a Lion is proud to be part of the ORS Race Series.

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. Free entry valid until August 17th, then it's a $25 discount off a $50 donation) Donate $25 and you'll receive a $10 discount off your 5k race entry fee. Any donation amount is appreciated. Thank you for your support!

Course Map

Minor course change -  the finish line has been moved into the parking lot that is furthest south in front of the museum and the start line has been adjusted accordingly. 

ORS Race Series powered by MK Jetting and Televising

This race is part of the 2024 ORS Race Series

ORS is proud to be the title sponsor of the ORS Race Series with races of all distances and challenge levels throughout the year.

Orthopaedic Rehab Specialists is the leading physical therapy, athletic training and sports performance coaching company in the Jackson area.

The ORS Race Series mission is to create and support opportunities for Jackson and the surrounding communities to get out and move, and to support a healthy and fit lifestyle for all ages.

To learn more click here: ORS Race Series

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