Why We Run Roads and Trails

Sun October 4, 2020 Saranac, MI 48881 US Directions
Why we Run Roads - VIRTUAL


I hope you are well and continuing to better yourself through healthy choices and activities!  Sadly, I must announce that our second half of the race series "Why We Run Roads" has also been changed to a virtual option only due to a shortage of staff to run the event.  While we had fingers crossed that life may have returned to "closer to normal" at this point, it has not proved enough so to safely run this event for you.  We are in sincere hopes that we will return again next year - mask free and huggable!!

Runners registered at this point will receive an email regarding procedures and medals.  We encourage you to grab a friend, go for a run, recover with a cup of coffee somewhere and think happy thoughts for next year :)  Don't give up on your training!  You are always making a better YOU every day with your positive choices!

Run safe, run well and run happy!


Here Are Your Options:

Your race entry will remain - but the run will be virtual.  We thank you for staying with the Y!

You understand that events are expensive, even when cancelled, and you want us to keep your registration fees to help cover our costs. We deeply appreciate your generosity and look forward to seeing you at an event soon.

We understand. We hope you can join us next time.

2741 W Riverside Dr
Saranac, MI US 48881


Why We Run Roads” is a 5k/10k out and back, flat, fast and timed. 5k is entirely on hard pack crushed limestone. 10k miles 2-4 on paved section.  Great for the first time or experienced runner looking for a fast run with good competition.

We are in our NINTH year!  Hard to believe!  The start and finish is on the bike path off Riverside Dr. located 4.7 miles East of Bridge St. coming from Saranac and 3.2 miles West of 66 coming from Ionia.

$20 for the 5k and $25 for the 10K!  $10 for the timed mile!  (until October 4th online). 

TIMED MILE:  Track runners and wanna- be's! – chip timed mile – all ages! 

Schedule of events:


As always, all race proceeds go back to our Annual Campaign to help promote health and wellness for EVERYONE!


Parking info: This event is in a state park. State park pass is REQUIRED for entrance. If you do not have one, you can purchase one at the gate day of entry $16. If you choose not to, there is a park and ride south of the park entrance just off 96. THERE IS NOT A SHUTTLE PROVIDED!  Please share info with any race fans coming to cheer you on!  We want everyone leaving HAPPY - not surprised :)

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. Valid until October 1st) Donate $25 and you'll receive a $10 discount off your 5k or 10k race entry fee. Applies only to Why We Run Roads race.

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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