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Heart of a Lion

Sun September 16, 2018 Jackson, MI US 49203 Directions

5k Run

9:00AM EDT

5k Walk

9:00AM EDT
2800 4th St
Jackson, MI US 49203

Mark your calendars for the fourth 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 September 16th 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 September 15th from 3pm-5pm at the Special Olympics office 3010 Wildwood Ave Suite 6 Jackson MI.

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

Proceeds from this race 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 1st and will be given to registrants on a first come / first serve basis while supplies last.  

The main entrance on Fourth Street to Ella Sharp Park will be Closed on Sunday due to construction. No worries! We have you covered with alternate entrances to the park! There is always more than one way to reach your destination!!  Ella Sharp Park can be entered from S. Jackson Rd, Stonewall or Probert Rd.




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 11th) 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.

This race is part of the 2018 Jackson Race Series - Be Healthy. Be One of Us. Be Strong. Feel Free.

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

There are nine races in the series (Ground Hog Gallop is not used for points). Participants in each race earn points toward the series, so there is added incentive for people to enter. Runners and walkers must participate in at least six events to qualify for age-group awards. To learn more click here: Run Jackson - Jackson Race Series

This race is endorsed by The Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and part of the 2018 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 1, 2018 until December 31st, 2018. Points earn cool swag and a chance to win a trip to the Grand Hotel at Mackinac! To sign up and learn more click HERE. There is no cost to this challenge.


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