The Great Pumpkin Run: Grand Rapids

Sat October 12, 2019 Directions


We’re so glad you could join us! Please read through all the Participant Guide tabs so you're prepared for a great race day experience!


-The event will be held at Riverside Park (2001 Monroe Ave NE Grand Rapids, MI 49505) on Saturday, October 12th.

-Please plan to arrive by 7:30 AM. If you wait until after 7:30 AM, you will face heavy traffic and long lines!

- Parking at the park is extremely limited. There is street parking in the surrounding neighborhoods. If you park in the surrounding streets, please be considerate of neighbors and park you car as you would in a friend's neighborhood. Do not block driveways or park too close to stop signs near intersections. Obey all posted signs and, of course, do not walk on neighborhood yards.  If you plan on driving to the event, we HIGHLY advise arriving prior to 7:30 AM in order to find street parking.

Alternatively, you can reduce the impact on the surrounding streets and make race day easier by using public transit, biking, or taking rideshare services like Uber or Lyft. Check the links here for how to get to the park by:

-All participants need to be ready to line up at the start line by 8:45 AM. We will be sending off Corral A at exactly 9AM, with other corrals leaving every few minutes after. Nobody will be permitted to start after the final corral begins. 

-The number one question we receive is 'When should we arrive?' We advise arriving by 7:30 AM. The closer to race time you arrive, the likelihood of lines for packet pick-up, parking, restrooms, etc. increases. If you wait until after 7:30 AM to arrive, expect heavy traffic and long lines at packet pick-up. 

-Not a runner, but still want to be part of the event? Try volunteering! For more information CLICK HERE!

-If you are a participant who wants to use a backpack during the race - please take note that we only allow CLEAR backpacks, all others are prohibited.


Use the drop-down menu at the top of this page for the 'Participant Guide' or click these links to navigate the guide:

Packet Pick-Up Info
Race Morning
Race Day Fun
Course Map