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 – 2019

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

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

Saturday May 4, 2019

2019 Tulip Time Run

Date: 05/04
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) and Kids' Fun Run. Can't make it to the Tulip Time Run? Participate in our Virtual Run and run a 5K or 10K in the comfort of your own [...] Time: 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Dandelion Fun Run

Date: 05/04
Location: Borculo Christian School – 6830 96th Ave Zeeland The Dandelion Fun Run is a family friendly event. The race begins at the corner of Blair & 96th Ave. The course is 2/3 paved roads and 1/3 gravel, out and back from the start/finish. Race packets are available on Friday, May 3 at Borculo Christian School from 4:30 – [...] Time: 8:00 am - 10:30 am

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 8, 2019

Brian Diemer Family of Races

Date: 06/08
Location: Legacy Christian Middle School – 67 68th St SW Grand Rapids Diemer Family of Races Celebrates 30 Years as June 8 Race Date Draws Near Bands line up to entertain along the route; $9k in prize money; Runners win donuts if they outrun Brian Diemer GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Deemed the only race in West Michigan where you can race an [...] Time: All Day

Good Sam's Wild Run

Date: 06/08
Location: Ridge Point Community Church – 340 104th Ave Holland Join us for Good Samaritan Ministries' 5th Annual Good Sam's Wild Run! Kids ages 4-13 will maneuver obstacles designed by local companies and will be able to vote for their favorite obstacle at the end of the run. Runners have the option to run 1 of 2 courses. The Short [...] Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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

Saturday June 29, 2019

Visser Family YMCA Buck Creek Run

Date: 06/29
Location: Grandville Middle School – 3535 Wilson Ave SW Grandville 5K Run/Walk & Kids Dash Visser Family YMCA Buck Creek Run began in 1974 as a way to add a healthy event to the 4th of July events and get people active. The course winds around the neighborhoods of Grandville and ends at the Grandville Middle School. The Buck Creek [...] Time: 8:00 am

Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan SUPER Hero Family Fun Run

Date: 06/29
Location: Cascade Township Park – 3810 Thornapple River Dr SE Grand Rapids Come support the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan with this SUPER Family Fun Run sponsored by Egress Endurance.  Be a SUPER Hero to a child/adult with down syndrome, feel free to come dressed as your favorite super hero to support this great cause.  ALL super heroes are welcome (including [...] Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

JULY RACES FOR KIDS

Thursday July 25, 2019

Byron Days Festival

Date: 07/25
Location:
 Bicentennial Park – 8085 Byron Center Ave SW Byron Center
Celebrating 83 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, July 27- The Kids' Fun Run will begin at approximately [...]
Time: All Day

Friday July 26, 2019

Byron Days Festival

Date: 07/26
Location:
 Bicentennial Park – 8085 Byron Center Ave SW Byron Center
Celebrating 83 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, July 27- The Kids' Fun Run will begin at approximately [...]
Time: All Day

Saturday July 27, 2019

Byron Days Festival

Date: 07/27
Location:
 Bicentennial Park – 8085 Byron Center Ave SW Byron Center
Celebrating 83 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, July 27- The Kids' Fun Run will begin at approximately [...]
Time: All Day

Race for SpartanNash YMCA

Date: 07/27
Location:
 Downtown Byron Center – 84th and Byron Center Ave. Byron Center
Join us at the Race for SpartanNash YMCA. The 5K (3.1 mile) course will begin on Byron Center Road, just north of 84th Street. It will go north on Byron Center Road, then north/west on Byron Station, north on Railside Drive through the beautiful Railside Housing Community, west on 76th [...]
Time: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Sunday July 28, 2019

Byron Days Festival

Date: 07/28
Location:
 Bicentennial Park – 8085 Byron Center Ave SW Byron Center
Celebrating 83 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, July 27- The Kids' Fun Run will begin at approximately [...]
Time: All Day

AUGUST RACES FOR KIDS

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SEPTEMBER RACES FOR KIDS

Friday September 6, 2019

Date: 09/06
Location:
 Wicks Park Gazebo – 452 Water St Saugatuck
Little Feet, Big Feat 1K – Free Kids' Fun Run Friday, September 6th, 6:00 p.m. Wicks Park, downtown Saugatuck
Time: 6:00 pm

OCTOBER RACES FOR KIDS

Saturday October 12, 2019

Date: 10/12
Location:
 Shagbark Farm – 7525 Alaska Ave SE Caledonia
Our 1st EVER Bee Brave Kids FUN RUN will take place prior to our annual Bee Brave 5k on Saturday, October 12 at 9am!!! Cost: $15 (includes t-shirt, ribbon & kid-friendly snack) Distance: 1.5K  Location: 7500 Alaska Ave SE, Caledonia, MI 49316 Your $15 registration will include a t-shirt, ribbon & a fun, kid-friendly snack [...]
Time: 9:00 am - 9:30 am

Saturday October 19, 2019

Date: 10/19
Location:
 David D. Hunting YMCA – 475 Lake MI Dr. NW Grand Rapids
The goal of the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Kids Marathon is to encourage healthy lifestyles for children and their families, and to help kids become physically active for a lifetime. Sign Up for Free Kids between the ages of 2 and 12 are invited to participate. Register here for the Kids [...]
Time: 1:30 pm

Date: 10/19
Location:
 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: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

NOVEMBER RACES FOR KIDS

Thursday November 28, 2019

Date: 11/28
Location:
 East Grand Rapids Middle School – 2425 Lake Dr SE Grand Rapids
Join us for the Gazelle Sports Gobble Wobble on Thanksgiving Day Eat like a turkey, run like a Gazelle! Join us a for a family friendly (your furry family members too!) fun run around Reeds Lake. The run starts and ends at East Grand Rapids Middle School where you can [...]
Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am

DECEMBER RACES FOR KIDS

Sunday December 15, 2019

Date: 12/15
Location:
 Riverside Park – 2001 Monroe Grand Rapids
Be part of the annual event that has become West Michigan's favorite Christmas Holiday event!! The Whoville 5k includes a 5k run, 5k walk, kid's fun run and a sweet finish in Whoville, featuring hot chocolate and chocolate fountain goodies for runners. Limited to 1000 runners.... Don't miss your chance [...]
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

National Night Out Coming to a Neighborhood Near You – Tuesday, August 6, 2019

National Night Out Coming to Your Local Community National Night Out is an annual community-building event that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods a safer, better place to live. This event is a collaborative initiative involving numerous local businesses and nonprofits who have come together to celebrate the community. 12+ Local Communities, Including Walker, Rockford + Holland, are Participating Last year, Walker’s National Night Out had over 1,000 attendees, including the mayor, local police, and fire departments. Families are welcome, and everything is free! The Walker event [...]

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