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

Grand Rapids Kid Races and Runs – 2019

MARCH RACES FOR KIDS

Saturday March 16, 2019

Spectrum Health Irish Jig 5K

Date: 03/16
Location: East Kentwood High School – 6230 Kalamazoo Ave Kentwood Now in its 36th year, the Irish Jig has grown to become one of Michigan’s premier 5K road races. The USATF-certified course is mostly flat with a few gentle hills. The start of the race is a short walk from the East Grand Rapids High School gym where participants will [...] Time: 8:30 am - 10:00 am

St. Paddy's Lerprechaun Chase

Date: 03/16
Location: Centennial Park – 250 Central Ave. Holland Kick off your St. Patrick’s Day celebration at our 4th annual St. Paddy's Leprechaun Chase 5K run on Saturday, March 16, 2019. Participants are encouraged to dress for the occasion in green or your favorite Irish costume. We start the activities at 8:30 AM with our half-mile Wee Chase around [...] Time: 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Saturday March 23, 2019

Run for the House

Date: 03/23
Location: Delta Dental’s Okemos Campus – 4100 Okemos Road Okemos SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: RACE DAY REGISTRATION 8:30 AM KIDS MILE & SPRINT 9:30 AM 10K RUN & 5K RUN/WALK 10:00 AM KIDS ACTIVITIES 9:00 AM - 12:00PM The 2019 Run for the House presented by Delta Dental will be held on Delta Dental's campus in Okemos, MI. Delta Dental has [...] Time: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

APRIL RACES FOR KIDS

Saturday April 27, 2019

Calvin 5K Spring Classic and Family Fun Run

Date: 04/27
Location: Calvin College Campus – 3201 Burton Street SE Grand Rapids Join us on April 27 for our annual 5K Spring Classic and Family Fun Run! There's lots of ways to participate in the fun: * Run, walk or handcycle our USATF certified 5K course that runs through Calvin's scenic, relatively flat college campus * D&W Fresh Market School Challenge: Encourage [...] Time: 8:30 am - 11:00 am

Limb Loss Awareness 5K

Date: 04/27
Location: Bowen Station Park – 4499 Bowen Blvd SE Kentwood Kentwood Parks and Recreation is teaming up with Hanger Clinic to offer our second annual Limb Loss Awareness 5k on Saturday, April 27! This family friendly event is designed to be a fundraiser for Kentwood Parks and Recreation’s Adaptive Recreation Programs. All profits will be channeled towards improving and offering more programs [...] Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Hurt the Dirt Kids Fun Run

Date: 04/27
Location: Luton Park – 10 Mile Rd NE & Olde Meadow Dr NE Rockford Run one of the top trails in Michigan with incredible flowing singletrack. Free 2/3 mile kids race with medal. Quarter, half or full marathon for the parents. Free pig roast, high-end deli veggies, fruit for the adult racers, kids pay a few bucks. Time: 10:45 am

MAY RACES FOR KIDS

Wednesday May 8, 2019

Amway Junior

Date: 05/08
Location: Grandville Middle School – 3535 Wilson Ave SW Grandville Wednesday, May 8; 5:30p Grandville Middle School,  3535 Wilson Ave SW, Grandville Registration fee is FREE for all children Non-competitive 1/2 and 1 mile fun runs around the track Kids ages 5-11 Parents are welcome to run/walk with their child All participants receive a t-shirt, participant bib, finisher medal and post-event refreshments Meet [...] Time: 5:30 pm

Saturday May 18, 2019

ForeShore Adventure Run

Date: 05/18
Location: Pere Marquette Beach – 3510 Channel Dr Muskegon Muskegon Rescue Mission's ForeShore Adventure Run presented by Huntington Bank is packed with 25 obstacles on a wet and sandy 5k course. Your registration provides 25 meals to the hungry and homeless in West Michigan. Grab a friend and join us for a day at the beach! Time: 8:30 am

JUNE RACES FOR KIDS

Saturday June 22, 2019

Reeds Lake Run

Date: 06/22
Location: East Grand Rapids Middle School – 2425 Lake Dr SE Grand Rapids Join us on June 22, 2019 for the 41st annual Reeds Lake Run!!! You can run or walk a 5K, run a 10K and even run or walk a 5K with your dog. We also have a 10K wheelchair/handcycle division and Kids races! 9:45 a.m. - Kid RacesThis event is [...] Time: 8:00 am

JULY RACES FOR KIDS

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AUGUST RACES FOR KIDS

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SEPTEMBER RACES FOR KIDS

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OCTOBER RACES FOR KIDS

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NOVEMBER RACES FOR KIDS

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DECEMBER RACES FOR KIDS

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Grand Rapids Spring Break Fun Guide: 39 Things to Do In and Around Town

Fun Daily Activities Make Spring Break Staycations Fun!

You can fly away for Spring Break, or you can stir up some fun in Grand Rapids and enjoy the mini summer vacation that’s coming our way in April. Businesses all around town are holding special hours or events just for your kids!

A fun way to get them involved is to show your family this list and have each child choose an activity that they’d love to do the most and then tackle each one over break. (Tip: if that’s more activities than your budget will allow, call for a family vote or draw their nominations from a hat.) […]

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