Mattawan Wildcat Road & Trail 5K

Sat August 3, 2024 Directions
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5K Run/Walk

$25 7:30AM EDT - 9:30AM EDT Registration Opens February 28, 2024 at 12:00am EST


Before we go over a little preview of the course, this 5K is a race that includes trails. Just as our title says, we run trails. Okay, our disclaimer has been noted. The event starts and finishes at the Mattawan High School track. The first leg of the race is on a paved road leading around to the high school. Once near the front of the high school, the run enters a wooded area for about a half mile. NOTE this is a trail section. A trail that includes grass (sometimes dewy), dirt, sand, gravel sections, and possible wet grass/mud. Trails are a part of this course. After exiting the woods (trails), the run continues through the Mattawan grounds on paved surfaces, back to the road, and around to the finish line on the track. Food and beverages will be available after the race. Dogs are not allowed on the course. All walkers and participants with strollers will be required to wait until all runners have crossed the start line. Did we mention that this race includes trails? Just so we are clear and transparent, this 5K involves trails. ;) In inclement weather, the race may be delayed or canceled. No refunds will be given.

Registration Details

Registration Fees

Individual Registration

  • $25 - Online Registration for Individuals (Until August 3rd, 7:15 am)
  • $25 - Friday & Race Day Registration for Individual

Family/Team Registration 

  • $85 - Registration - Family/Team (limit 6 people) (Until August 2nd, 11:59 pm)
  • $85 - Friday Registration at Early Packet Pickup

Friday & Saturday Late Registration Options

** We are going paperless registration this year for Friday & Saturday Late Registrations **
Participants may still register with the options listed below:
  • Option 1)  Register on Friday AT HOME from your computer or cell phone using the registration quick links at the top of the page.
  • Option 2)  Register on Saturday AT HOME before you come to the event/race site.
  • Option 3)  Bring your cell phone and register onsite. No paper registrations are available.

Race Day Schedule

Saturday, August 3rd, 2024

  • 6:00 to 7:00 AM - Late packet pickup, but please arrange your pickup on Friday, August 2nd, if possible. Thank you!
  • 7:15 to 7:20 AM - Participants head to starting line
  • 7:20 AM - National Anthem
  • 7:25 AM - Announcements
  • 7:30 AM - 5K Race starts
  • 8:30 AM - Overall Winner Announcements

Packet Pickup Details

Packet pickup, on-site registration, and race start and finish will take place at the Mattawan High School stadium/track.

56720 Murray Street
Mattawan, MI 49071

We encourage everyone to pick up their packet on Friday evening as this will help with the flow of foot traffic on race morning.

Friday, August 2nd, 2024 - 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

  • Packet pickup and late registration

Saturday, August 3rd, 2024 - 6:00 to 7:00 a.m.

  • Packet pickup but please attempt to pick up your packet on Friday, August 2nd

Race T-Shirts

All participants who register online by July 15th will receive a locally designed race t-shirt. There is no guarantee of receiving a t-shirt for participants who register after July 15th. If you register after July 15th, it is first come, first serve at pack pickup for a possible t-shirt for you as we will order some extra t-shirts. In other words, sign up before the cut-off. No t-shirt exchanges until after the race.


Finisher medals for ALL participants that cross the finish line

Awards will be handed out to the top overall male/female finishers & top overall masters male/female (over 40)

Award for the middle-of-the-pack finisher

Team awards for the overall team in the male, female & coed division

No awards for age groups

Age Divisions

  • 11 and under / 12–14 / 15–19 / 20–24 / 25–29 / 30–34 / 35–39 / 40–44 / 45–49 / 50–54 / 55–59 / 60-64 / 65-69 / 70+ 

Team Scoring

  • To qualify to be entered into the time division you must have 3 to 6 team members
  • The top 3 fastest times of your team are ranked against other teams
  • Lowest time wins

Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.

Thank You from MPEF

Proceeds earned from the race will be donated to the Mattawan Public Education Foundation (MPEF) for use toward their brain strong programs for students. In the fall of 2021-22, we awarded 43 Brain Strong Awards to teachers in all four buildings, putting $25,000 directly back into our teachers’ hands and fueling classroom learning, innovation, creativity, and enthusiasm. Teachers use these awards to support and enhance the learning experiences inside and outside of their classrooms. Brain strong summarizes the mission of the Mattawan Public Education Foundation: “to strengthen the community through funding unique educational opportunities.”

Check out and the MPEF Facebook page to see students engaged in these programs or for more information!



Start/Finish of the race is at the Mattawan High School Football Stadium/Track.
56720 Murray Street
Mattawan, MI 49071


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