2021 Family Friendly 5Ks, Triathlons and More Around Grand Rapids

Kids races and marathons lining up to run

Where Kids and Families Can Find Some Friendly Running Competition

If your goals this year include getting your kids active or finding activities your family can enjoy together, you need to pick a race from this list!

Kids races get your kids–and often times the whole family–out and active. Plus, kids races are anything but boring. With kid-friendly activities (what kid doesn’t want to race in their Halloween costume?) and special race-day treats (homemade cookies and chocolate milk, anyone?), participation is a win for everyone.

Do you know of a race not on our list? Submit it to our calendar here.

Grand Rapids Kid Races
Saturday Slip-n-Slide & 5K in Jenison

This list is constantly updated so check back regularly for the latest events happening near you.

Saturday, Mar 20
9:00 am

12th annual race happening IN PERSON with staggered wave start times. Bring the whole family!

Saturday, Apr 17
10:00 am

Funds raised go toward updating the trail maps at the park. $20-$30

Saturday, Apr 24
9:00 am

5k & Kid’s 1 Mile Fun Run! Kids will receive a t-shirt and ribbon!
Kids Fun Run- $5

Saturday, May 1
8:00 am

Participate in the 5K or 10K as your schedule permits, on any course of your choosing. Runners can choose our courses as well and run through the tulip lined streets of Holland.

Sunday, May 2
3:30 pm

$40 for all 5 weeks of racing or $10 for 1 individual race

Saturday, May 8
8:30 am

Get ready to moo’ve your dairy air and run with us!

Saturday, May 22
8:30 am

ForeShore Adventure Run is a 5k obstacle course on the beach, trails, & a park.

Saturday, Jun 5
11:00 am

Greenville Tri

June 5, 2021

SWIM, BIKE & RUN your way into summer with the TRI Greenville Kids Triathlon!

Saturday, Jun 12
8:30 am

Offering a Mobility 5k, 1000 Meter Steeplechase and Jr. Jog race for the kids.

Sunday, Jun 13
1:00 pm

1 Mile Timed Race for kids 12 & under. $25, includes shirt.

Saturday, Jun 26
8:00 am

42nd Annual Reeds Lake Run, 5k & Fun Run

Saturday, Jul 10
7:30 am

A family friendly route in downtown Lowell. Open to walkers, runners, students, adults & families. Stroller friendly!

Sunday, Aug 1
9:00 am

A mountain bike race and trail running race designed JUST FOR KIDS!

Saturday, Aug 7
8:00 am

This fun-focused triathlon is a chance for kids' to try their hand at all three disciplines - swimming, biking, and running - in a non-competitive environment. $20/participant

Sunday, Sep 19
12:00 pm

Kids ROAR is a Rogue, Obstacle Adventure Race featuring mud, water, monkey pits and more! $20 kids/$10 adults

Sunday, Sep 19
2:30 pm

Walk or roll while raising funds to support the Hunt 2 Heal Program.

Saturday, Sep 25
9:00 am

Run the 5K or the 1 Mile Fun Run and afterward participate in the Cornhole Contest. Plus carnival-style bouncy houses, pony rides, and food kiosks.

Sunday, Sep 26
4:00 pm

Inclusive five week running series for ages 2-14. Single day $10, or 5 week series for $35.

Sunday, Oct 3
4:00 pm

Inclusive five week running series for ages 2-14. Single day $10, or 5 week series for $35.

Saturday, Oct 9
9:00 am

The fifth annual HayDay 5k! Kids 6 and under are FREE, 7-12 are $10 to register.

Sunday, Oct 10
4:00 pm

Inclusive five week running series for ages 2-14. Single day $10, or 5 week series for $35.

Saturday, Oct 16
10:00 am

Run for Camp 5K at Camp Henry. Benefiting the Scholarship Program

Saturday, Oct 16
7:00 pm

A variety of glow-themed activities including light up playground games and crafts, music, food and a .3-1.0 Mile Fun Run/Walk.

Sunday, Oct 17
4:00 pm

Inclusive five week running series for ages 2-14. Single day $10, or 5 week series for $35.

Sunday, Oct 24
7:00 am

A virtual run/walk 5k. Working towards ending homelessness in young adults exiting foster care.

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