Why We Run Roads and Trails

October 4th, 2020 Saranac, MI US 48881 Directions

5k Run/Walk

$20 12:40PM EDT Registration ends October 1, 2020 at 5:00pm EDT

10k run

$25 12:30PM EDT Registration ends October 1, 2020 at 5:00pm EDT

1 Mile Run - All ages

$10 12:00PM EDT Registration ends October 1, 2020 at 5:00pm EDT

Why We Run 5k Trails and Roads. Entry for both races 7/31 and 10/4.

$30 12:00PM EDT Registration ends July 29, 2020 at 5:00pm EDT

Why We Run 10k Trails and Roads. Entry for both races 7/31 and 10/4.

$40 12:00PM EDT Registration ends July 29, 2020 at 5:00pm EDT
Why we Run Roads - NEW DATE - October 4th, 2020

New Date: October 4th, 2020


I hope this message finds you well during these unpredictable, unprecedented times. We have reschedule the Why We Run Roads originally scheduled on Sunday, April 26th to Sunday, October 4th, 2020.

We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you in October. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that we get through this quickly and get back to life as we knew it.

If you have already registered you have been transferred to the October 4th date.

Any questions please email me here.

Here Are Your Options:

We will transfer your registration to the new event date of October 4th, 2020, and look forward to having you join us. Thanks for your patience!

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

This is a two part/ or individual race series!  Your choice!  Sign up for both races up to the day of first race and receive a $10 discount!  Great flat fast training race prior to Grand Rapids or Borgess 1/2!

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 1st online). Sign up on race day for $5 more ($25 for the 5k and $30 for the 10K)

TIMED MILE:  Track runners and wanna- be's! – chip timed mile – all ages! The mile will start promptly at Noon. There is a 15 minute time limit for the mile so that the other races can begin on time.  

Schedule of events:

Packet pick up starting at 10:30 am

1 mile run - 12:00 pm

10K - 12:30 pm

5k - 12:40 pm

Post race refreshments!

Awards: Overall winners for each race, male and female – will receive a trophy and gift certificate to Gazelle sports! All finishers receive a finsher's medal and an entry into drawing for free comp entry into the Fall 2020 GR full or Half Marathon!  Enter both races and get your name entered 4 times!!

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

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

“Why We Run Trails” will be held on the beautiful trails surrounding Session Lake within the Ionia State Park on Friday evening July 31st starting 6:30PM. This is a timed but challenging 5k/10k.  There will be no kids dash at this year's race.

Sign up for both races and save $5 per race and also quadruple your chance of winning a free entry for the Grand Rapids ½ or full marathon this fall!  Entry in to 1 race gives you 1 chances, entry in both gives you 4 chances!  A $140 value! 

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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