Race for YMCA 5K/10K

Sat July 15, 2023 St. Joseph, MI 49085 US Directions



Margaret B. Upton Arboretum
280 Water Street
St. Joseph, MI US 49085


Early Registration - through June 30, 2023
$30/person ages 15+
$25/person ages 14 & under

Regular Registration - July 1-14, 2023
$35/person ages 15+
$25/person ages 14 & under

Day-Of Registration - Saturday, July 15, 2023
Closes at 8:15 AM


Join us for the 12th annual Race for YMCA 5K/10K on Saturday, July 15, 2023!

Proceeds from the race will benefit the Benton Harbor-St. Joseph YMCA's annual campaign which provides financial assistance for memberships and programs to local children and families in need. Your support helps guarantee that everyone—regardless of their circumstances or ability to pay—can belong to the Y.

Virtual Event

With a virtual race, you can run the distance anywhere, for example in your neighborhood, on a treadmill, at a nearby park, or on our original course! You will have between Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 23 to complete your race and upload your time. Virtual races are self-timed. Virtual participants will still receive this year’s race shirt. Further instructions will be emailed to participants before the virtual race opens.


Must register by 11:59 PM Sunday, June 18, 2023, to be guaranteed a shirt. Shirts are short sleeve, cotton material. All participants who register before the cutoff date, including virtual, will receive a shirt. Shirts will be available for pick up on race day.


Packet Pick-Up

During packet pick-up, you will receive your bib and shirt. Packet pick-up will take place at the Margaret B. Upton Arboretum (Start/Finish line).

Saturday, July 15
7:00-8:15 AM


Use Berrien County Courthouse lot and stairwell at the north corner of the parking lot rather than crossing Main Street. Limited parking available at the arboretum.

Course Map

Race for YMCA 5K/10K offers one of the most scenic courses in southwest Michigan. Participants will enjoy the view along the St. Joseph River, Lake Michigan, Silver Beach, Lions Park Beach, and Howard Recreational Trail.

Attachment includes maps for 5K and 10K events.

Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.


Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, please contact the race director at

Timing & Scoring

In-person races are timed by Mac Sports Timing. Results will be posted LIVE at RunSignUp during the event.  Results will also be displayed with paper copies periodically during the event.

Virtual participants may upload their virtual race results to their Run Signup profile from Saturday, July 15-Sunday, July 23, 2023. Virtual races are self-timed.

Age Categories

9 & under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+


Overall male and female in each event will receive a trophy. Top three 5K run and 10K run finishers in each age group, top three male and female walkers overall, and all children that finish will receive a medal.

Please note: Only in-person participants are eligible for trophies/medals.



Please note, some city streets will remain open during the event. Be sure to stay within the coned/barricaded lanes. There could be minimal traffic in the oncoming lanes.


Porta-potties have been rented to accommodate participants.


We are excited to offer both in-person and virtual options for the 11th annual Race for YMCA 5K/10K!

Our in-person event is in need of the following types of volunteers:

  • Race Day Registration & Packet Pick-Up: Volunteers will be placed at stations to hand out race packets to participating runners.
    Course Route: Volunteers will be placed at various locations throughout the course route to instruct runners on directions. There are three races: 10K, 5K, and 1 Mile Fun Run.
  • Water Stations: Volunteers will be placed at various stations along race routes to hand out water to participating runners. We will provide participants with open cups of water. Volunteers will be provided masks & gloves.
  • Clean-Up: Volunteers will be needed at the end of the event to help clean up different areas.
  • Place me where needed: Volunteers will be placed where they are needed the most.

Please contact Cassie Adams, event volunteer coordinator, at volunteer@ymcagm.org or 269-428-9622 with questions or to volunteer.

Sponsorship Information

We cordially invite you to participate as a sponsor in the 12th annual Race for YMCA 5K/10K. This family-friendly event aims to raise awareness and funding for the Benton Harbor-St. Joseph YMCA’s Annual Campaign.

When you support Race for YMCA, you make our community better and build strength in those who live here. At the Y, our programs encourage healthy families, connect people to supportive resources, give kids a safe place, and inspire social good.

Sponsorships are tax-deductible. You will receive a receipt from the YMCA for your records. If you are interested in sponsoring, please contact Molly McFadden at mmcfadden@ymcagm.org or (269) 428-9622.




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