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.

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Grand Rapids Kid Races and Runs – 2018


Saturday May 5, 2018

The Tulip Time Run

Date: 05/05
Location: Kollen Park – 240 Kollen Park Drive Holland The Tulip Time Run presented by MVP Athletic Club, Holland offers a 5K, 10K, 15K (run both the 5K & 10K), Kids’ Fun Run and Virtual Run! The Kids' Fun Run is limited to ages 8 and under. All kids receive a shirt (if registered by April 15) and a [...] Time: 8:00 am

2018 Dandelion Festival

Date: 05/05
Location: Borculo CRC – 6464 96th Ave. Zeeland 7:30-10am- Community Pancake Breakfast at Borculo CRC 8:30am- Dandelion 5k Fun Run/Walk at Borculo Christian School *for more info contact BSC at 616-875-8152 or to register 9am-2pm- FREE games, Entertainment & Refreshments at Borculo CRC 11am- Dandelion Parade Time: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Allendale Family and Fun 5k

Date: 05/05
Location: Allendale Middle School – 7161 Pleasant View Ct Allendale Join us for a family friendly 5k to help support the Allendale MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers). Prizes, Chip timing, Finishers tunnel, T-shirts, Goodie bags and more!! Free kids race for ages 8 and under Kids race starts at 8:30am 5k kicks off at 9:00am Strollers welcome! Register here —> http://Runsignup.com/race/mi/Allendale/mops5k [...] Time: 8:30 am

Wednesday May 9, 2018

Fifth Third Junior

Date: 05/09
Location: Wyoming High School – 1350 Prairie Pkwy SW Wyoming Fun Runs around the track for kids 5-12 starting at 5:30p.  Event-Check in and Late Registration starts at 4:30p.  REGISTRATION IS FREE.  Parents are welcome to run/walk with their children and do not need to register. Free Family Fun Area from 4:30-7p with inflatables, tattoos, face painting and more! Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Sunday May 20, 2018

Kids ROAR (Rogue Obstacle Adventure Race)

Date: 05/20
Location: Sherman Lake YMCA – 6225 N. 39th Street Augusta Kids ROAR is a Rogue Obstacle Adventure Race featuring mud, water, color and obstacles – including monkey bars and mud pits! There are 2 distances to choose from – 1 mile or 2 miles. Participants are free to pick the course that will challenge them! This family event is for [...] Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Karner Blue Butterfly Family Fun Run & 5K

Date: 05/20
Location: Millennium Park – 1415 Maynard Grand Rapids Enjoy the spring colors and run, walk, or jog along the Millennium Park trails in Grand Rapids with the Michigan Nature Association! This 5K will promote efforts to preserve habitat for one of Michigan’s most endangered butterflies, the Karner Blue butterfly. Bring your kids! The Kids Fun Run will start [...] Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Saturday May 26, 2018

Kick Off to Summer Run in Grand Haven

Date: 05/26
Location: Tri-Cities Family YMCA – 1 Y Dr. Grand Haven Tri-Cities Family YMCA invites you to kick-off your summer! There is something for everyone from the avid racer to the occasional walker, with our certified 5K Run, the 1 Mile Family Fun Run/Walk (be sure to bring your wagon or stroller) and the Tot Trot obstacle course for ages 3-6. [...] Time: 7:30 am - 10:30 am


Saturday June 9, 2018

Brian Diemer Family of Races

Date: 06/09
Location: Legacy Christian Middle School – 67 68th St SW Grand Rapids This year's Brian Diemer Family of Races will take place on June 9, 2018. You can register in person at Gazelle Sports Grand Rapids June 7, 4-8pm Regitration/Packet Pickup Late Registration and packet pickup at Legacy Christian School, June 8, 4:30-8 and June 9, 7:00-8:15am 5k Race & Mobility 5k [...] Time: 8:30 am

Saturday June 23, 2018

Reeds Lake Run

Date: 06/23
Location: East Grand Rapids Middle School – 2425 Lake Dr SE Grand Rapids ONLINE REGISTRATION   Open NOW for 2018 Join us for the 40th Annual Reeds Lake Run.  You can run  or walk a  5K, run a 10K and even run or walk a 5K with your dog. Back for the fifth year, we will have a 10K wheelchair & handcycle division. All runners, walkers, wheelchair and [...] Time: 8:00 am

Tuesday June 26, 2018

Zeeland Zoom 5K and Little Zoomers Kids Race

Date: 06/26
Location: Howard Miller Public Library – 14 S. Church St. Zeeland Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital is the title sponsor of the 5K and the Little Zoomers Kids Race. The 5K route takes runners on a 3.1 mile adventure through historic downtown Zeeland. Little Zoomers is held prior to the 5K at 6:30 p.m.. The course is flat and beautiful. Join [...] Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Saturday June 30, 2018

Visser Family YMCA Buck Creek Run

Date: 06/30
Location: Grandville Middle School – 3535 Wilson Ave SW Grandville The Visser Family YMCA Buck Creek Run is part of the City of Grandville 4th of July celebrations. The race includes a Kid’s Dash and 5K. The Buck Creek Run began in 1974 as a way to add a healthy event to the 4th of July events and get people [...] Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Friday July 20, 2018

Sparta Town and Country Days 1K FUN RUN by Northern Physical Therapy

Date: 07/20
 Rogers Park – 152 North State Street Sparta
Kids ages 3-12 find your running shoes and get ready to race! Northern Physical Therapy is inviting you to participate in their Kids 1K Fun Run at Rogers Park during Sparta's 2018 Town and Country Days. There is no registration fee…It’s free! Early check in will start at 8:30am on [...]
Time: 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Saturday July 28, 2018

Race for Spartan Stores YMCA & Kids Fun Run

Date: 07/28
 Chemical Bank- Byron Center – 2445 84th Street SW Byron Center
The 2018 Race for Spartan Stores YMCA is a 5K Run/Walk that includes a Kids’ Fun Run. The Race and Walk will start at 8:30 a.m. on Byron Center Avenue just north of the 84th and Byron Center intersection.The event is held in conjunction with the annual Byron Days Festival [...]
Time: 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Byron Days Festival

Date: 07/28
 Bicentennial Park – 8085 Byron Center Ave SW Byron Center
Celebrating 82 years of tradition and community engagement! … One of the oldest festivals in the entire state … Rides & Inflatables, Arts & Crafts Fair, Tournaments, Pancake Breakfast, 5k & Kids Fun Run, Food Concessions, Fireworks, and more! Kids Fun Run- The Kids' Fun Run on Saturday, July 28 will begin [...]
Time: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm


Thursday August 16, 2018

Date: 08/16
 Johnson Park – 2600 Wilson Avenue Walker
The 2018 Kids Adventure Challenge on August 16 provides an opportunity for kids to be kids!  This is a FUN way for families to be out and active together while exploring Kent County’s Johnson Park.  Geared for youth between the ages of 5 and 12, there will be a variety of challenge stations [...]
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Saturday August 25, 2018

Date: 08/25
 Celebration Cinema Grand Rapids South – 1506 Eastport Dr SE Gaines Township
The Grand Rapids Mud Run is a family friendly event that takes place on Saturday, August 25th, 2018,   and is located off Eastport Drive, near Celebration South in Kentwood.  This 5K race (ages 12 and up)  is filled with plenty of mud, lot's of challenging obstacles and a 60' mud [...]
Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Date: 08/25
 Banner of Christ Community Church – 1111 68th St SW Byron Center
Come join us for a color run, many water activities, dunk tank, and hot dog lunch.  Color run begins at 12:30pm.
Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Sunday September 16, 2018

Date: 09/16
 Mary Free Bed YMCA – 5500 Burton St SE Grand Rapids
The 9th Annual Quota Cares Duck Walk & More opens at Mary Free Bed YMCA in Cascade on September 16 at 2 pm. It's a Fun Fest for Family, Friends and the Deaf community to raise funds for services and hearing equipment for the deaf and hard of hearing in [...]
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Friday September 21, 2018

Date: 09/21
 Hughes Park – 5500 Hughes Drive Hudsonville
Color the Park Family Color Walk/Run!  Location: Hughes Park and Park Elementary in Hudsonville, MI - (Start/Finish Line at Hughes Park) Date: Friday, September 21, 2018   Time:   The walk/run event will start at 6pm. *Join us early at 4:30 pm for a hot dog dinner outside the Hughes [...]
Time: 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Saturday September 22, 2018

Date: 09/22
 Riverside Park – 2001 Monroe Grand Rapids
FREE WALK/RUN FOR GRAND RAPIDS AND AREA FAMILIES! REGISTER AT mindmeetsmusic.com/hbhm5k or call 616.419.4329 This family friendly event provides an opportunity to celebrate health and wellness as a community! The morning will kick off with signature Mind Meets Music movement activities to warm up participants, followed by a run/walk through [...]
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Saturday September 29, 2018

Date: 09/29
 Tanger Outlets – Grand Rapids – 350 84th Street SW Byron Center
Tanger Outlets, along with Serra Honda, Sneller Snow Systems, DHE Plumbing, Gun Lake Casino, Buist Electric, Allied Universal Security, Family Fare Supermarkets, The Gardening Angel, JW Marriott, ESC Federal Services, Rockford Construction, and Spartan Stores YMCA is proud to sponsor the 3rd Annual TangerFIT 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, September 29th, [...]
Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am


Saturday October 6, 2018

Date: 10/06
 Franciscan Life Process Center – 11650 Downes Street Northeast Lowell
Calling all runners, walkers and people who like good food, music and fellowship: The rolling hills of the Franciscan Life Process Center's 230-acre property will be alive with the sound of music as hundreds of runners participate in the fourth annual Franciscan Rhythms 5&10K Trail Run/Walk on Saturday, Oct. 6. [...]
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Date: 10/06
 Koetsier’s Greenhouse – 1601 Spaulding Ave. S.E. Grand Rapids
We could not be more excited about our first annual “Pumpkin Hustle” at Koetsier’s greenhouse. We are located at 1601 Spaulding Ave in beautiful Cascade. We have groomed a one mile course with kid friendly obstacles and activities, for kids 12 and under please. We will not be timing participants [...]
Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Saturday October 20, 2018

Date: 10/20
 Sixth Street Park – 647 Monroe NW Grand Rapids
Run a 5K on post-apocalyptic streets and paths in downtown Grand Rapids, MI. Race against darkness. Dodge the zombies and keep your “flag football” life strips to avoid infection and stay alive (time bonus).
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Saturday October 27, 2018

Date: 10/27
 Holland Free Health Clinic – 99 W 26th st Holland
Be it in a spooky mask, on eight legs or dressed as a banana, get ready to hit the roads of Holland! Run For your Life was first held in 2010 to recognize the good work of Holland Free Health Clinic in the community and encourage participation in this worthy [...]
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Date: 10/27
 Camp Newaygo – 5333 Centerline Road Newaygo
Start your weekend off right with Camp Newaygo's first annual Trick or Trot 5K In celebration of the opening of Camp Newaygo’s Health and Leadership Lodge, come enjoy a scenic run along three lakes at the edge of the Mainistee Forest. Registration begins at 10am with the race starting at [...]
Time: 10:30 am


Saturday November 10, 2018

Date: 11/10
 Outdoor Discovery Center – 4214 56th Street Holland
If you are looking for a unique run, the Outdoor Discovery Center is a great place to visit. The run will be approximately 3.1 miles and take place throughout our trail system. It will end with water, Biggby Holland south side coffee and hot chocolate, Crane's Pie Pantry Restaurant & [...]
Time: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Date: 11/10
 P. J. Hoffmaster State Park – 6585 Lake Harbor Rd Muskegon
Enjoy a challenging and scenic run through the back dunes of Lake Michigan at Hoffmaster State Park. All proceeds from this race will go to the Gillette Nature Association. General Information: Please arrive 45 minutes prior to race start time of 10:00am in order to ensure that you obtain your [...]
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Saturday November 17, 2018

Date: 11/17
 East Paris Nature Park – 5595 East Paris Ave SE Kentwood
Come celebrate the Fall by wearing your favorite ugly sweater to this great fundraiser! We will both be using registration fees and donations from this race to support Kentwood Parks & Recreation’s Youth Scholarship fund. This fund allows children who can't afford our programs or events to still participate, have [...]
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Date: 11/17
 Fifth Third Ballpark – 4500 West River Drive Comstock Park
This is the first year we will be hosting a timed 5k! The Red Nose Run is open to runners of all ages. There will be t-shirts, hot cocoa, and Santa's Reindeer. Make sure to stick around after the 5k to walk through the show at a slower pace with [...]
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Thursday November 22, 2018

Date: 11/22
 East Grand Rapids Middle School – 2425 Lake Dr SE Grand Rapids
Join us for the 11th Annual Gazelle Sports Gobble Wobble benefiting Kids Food Basket on Thanksgiving morning. Bring the whole family (your furry family members too!) and kick off the holiday moving with us for a good cause!
Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Date: 11/22
 Van Andel Arena – 130 Fulton St W Grand Rapids
The 26th Annual Grand Rapids Turkey Trot is a 5K run/walk that engages our entire community in a higher level of awareness around physical fitness, movement and nutrition in a fun-filled way, all while supporting after-school opportunities for the students of Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS). 8:00 AM--5K run/Walk start 9:00 [...]
Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am


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  1. Aimée Bray via Facebook June 20, 2015 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    Run for a Cause is great! They have kids activities after and ice cream. Wish I could make it this year.

  2. Milan’s Miracle has a kids’ superhero fun run after the 3/5/8k run/walks on 6/28!

  3. Amber Jones via Facebook June 19, 2015 at 6:42 am - Reply

    Tony L Jones

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