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On-line registration is now closed. You can still register at the Ionia YMCA and on race day morning starting at 11 am.
“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.
This race is celebrating year 8! 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! (until April 25th online). Sign up on race day for $5 more ($25 for the 5k and $30 for the 10K)
NEW THIS YEAR – 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 certificate to Gazelle sports! Medals to top place in age groups.
As always, all race proceeds go back to our Annual Campaign to help promote health and wellness for EVERYONE!
“Why We Run Trails” will be held on the beautiful trails surrounding Session Lake within the Ionia State Park on Friday evening July 26th starting 6:30PM. This is a timed but challenging 5k/10k with a kids mile dash.
Sign up for both races and save $5 per race and also double your chance of winning a free entry for the Grand Rapids ½ or full marathon this fall! Entry in to 1 race gives you 5 chances, entry in both gives you 10 chances! A $140 value!
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.
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 April 25th) 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 2019 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, 2019 until December 31st, 2019. Points earn cool swag and a chance to win a Grand Prize! To sign up and learn more click HERE. There is no cost to this challenge.
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