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    Silver Muzzle 5K

    Kent County Jail, 703 Ball Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USAView event
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    From the organiser

    This event is a fundraiser for medical expenses for senior dogs. Reducing the financial burden that can often be associated with any shelter dog, will hopefully lead to a higher adoption rate in dogs in the senior category.

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    Beat the Grandma 5K
    Sat 22nd Jun
    $15
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    Beat the Grandma 5K

    1 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USAView event
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    From the organiser

    Who's your Granny! A Grandma has won all but one year...can anyone step up and take the Grandma's down!!! We look forward to seeing all the different "Grandma Costumes" to be worn by as many of the brave runners that dare to...its a fun run to watch even if your not running...each year the fake Grandmas hope to run down the Real Grandmas due to the handicap head start lead that all women and older Grandpas get...See You at the start line which will be a little bit down from the zoo on Butterworth street at the corner of butterworth and obrien streets....the first runner leaves the starting line at 9 a.m.! This race is open to all runners but if you are a guy you start behind the ladies and try to catch them. It is a very unique and fun event so come on out and see if you can Beat the Grandma!

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    AMBUCS Memorial Day 5K
    Mon 27th May
    Georgetown Township, MI, United States
    $30
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    AMBUCS Memorial Day 5K

    425 Baldwin St, Georgetown Twp, MI 49428, USAView event
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    From the organiser

    Come & Run the Annual Jenison Ambucs 5k and stay to enjoy the parade! AMBUCS is dedicated to creating independence for people with disabilities and proceeds from the event will benefit those individuals.

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    Karner Blue Butterfly 5k & Family Run
    Sat 15th Jun
    Walker, MI, United States
    $10 - $25
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    Karner Blue Butterfly 5k & Family Run

    Millennium Park, 1415 Maynard Ave SW, Walker, MI 49534, USAView event
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    From the organiser

    Beautiful 5k course along the Millennium Park Trails. Run and enjoy the rich natural resources, featuring unique habitats and large natural areas for wildlife to thrive. Proceeds promote efforts to protect the endangered Karner blue butterfly. The Karner blue butterfly is a small blue butterfly which was once found in significant numbers in Michigan.

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    Longest Day 5K Trail Run/Walk
    Fri 21st Jun
    $5 - $45
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    Longest Day 5K Trail Run/Walk

    Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, USAView event
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    From the organiser

    Join us for an exciting and fun 5k trail run. The race will be Friday, June 21st (The Longest Day) @ Blandford Nature Center. You will run and walk the trails through Blandfords 260+ acres property.

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    $10 - $30
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    Brian Diemer 5K

    67 68th St SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49548, USAView event
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    From the organiser

    With prize money for the top 10 competitors and awards for the top 4 finishers of each age group, the race provides a unique experience for beginners and elite athletes alike. Join us for the Brian Diemer Family of Races in its annual summer kickoff!

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    Reeds Lake Trail Blazer
    Thu 4th Jul
    East Grand Rapids, MI, United States
    $10 - $30
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    Reeds Lake Trail Blazer

    Breton & Hall, East Grand Rapids, MI 49506, USAView event
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    From the organiser

    Families, Strollers and Serious Runners Welcome! Presented by the East Grand Rapids Community Foundation.

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    State Games of Michigan - 5K Cross Country
    Thu 20th Jun
    Kentwood, MI, United States
    $5
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    State Games of Michigan - 5K Cross Country

    Speedway, 815 52nd St SE, Kentwood, MI 49508, USAView event
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    From the organiser

    Join us for this awesome cross country 5K!

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    Visser Family YMCA Buck Creek Run
    Sat 29th Jun
    Grandville, MI, United States
    Free - $30
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    Visser Family YMCA Buck Creek Run

    3535 Wilson Ave SW, Grandville, MI 49418, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The Visser Family YMCA Buck Creek Run is part of the City of Grandville's 4th of July celebrations.

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    The Color Run – Grand Rapids
    Sat 27th Jul
    $29.99
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    The Color Run – Grand Rapids

    299-353 Ottawa Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USAView event
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    From the organiser

    BOOM! POW! The Color Run Hero Tour is here! This years tour features an all-new Color Runner kit, epic course elements, and a super-charged Finish Festival you dont want to miss out!

    Less about your 10-minute mile and more about having the time of your life. The Color Run is an un-timed race and epic Finish Festival. Thousands of Color Runners are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer and finish with a larger than life party with music, dancing, and massive color throws.

    Now the single largest event series in the world, the Happiest 5K on the Planet has hosted more than 7 million Color Runners at 1,000 events in 35+ countries.

    This year features an all-new participant kit, new course elements, and a super-charged Finish Festival as part of The Color Run Hero Tour! Celebrate the hero in you in a realm where NOTHING is impossible and you are UNSTOPPABLE. Soar to new heights in the Hero Zone; confront double the color in the Super Zones; suit up in gear fit for the most super of heroes. Will you rise to the challenge and be a #TCRHero?

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    Gather for Gracie
    Sat 8th Jun
    Rockford, MI, United States
    $25
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    Gather for Gracie

    6878 Belding Rd NE, Rockford, MI 49341, USAView event
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    From the organiser

    Gracie was a wonderful wife, mother and community member who was taken from us too soon in June of 2016. Join us as we honor her life and enjoy each others company, as she would want us to do! The 5k Run/Walk will be an out and back course on the Cannon Township trail. Gracies favorite cookies will be served to all participants at the finish line. All proceeds will be separated to benefit Gracies passionsGrand Rapids Symphony, Helen DeVos Childrens Hospital, and Gildas Club Grand Rapids. Come join us for a day of fun and family!

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    NN Mobile Solutions 5K
    Thu 4th Jul
    Kentwood, MI, United States
    $25
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    NN Mobile Solutions 5K

    Speedway, 815 52nd St SE, Kentwood, MI 49508, USAView event
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    From the organiser

    Digital time clock at finish and Chip Timing!. There will be hundreds of spectators along the race route. For the safety of all participants, no baby joggers, roller blades, dogs or bicycles will be allowed on the course. Water stations and medical aid services along the course.

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    St. Patrick Festival 5K
    Fri 28th Jun
    Kent County, MI, United States
    $15 - $25
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    St. Patrick Festival 5K

    Ada Township, MI, USAView event
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    From the organiser

    Welcome to the Saint Patrick Festival 5K. The Festival Race is a chipped time event, VTAG timing - no more messing with shoelaces.

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    LPGA 5K
    Sat 15th Jun
    Rockford, MI, United States
    $10 - $150
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    LPGA 5K

    53 E Bridge St NE, Rockford, MI 49341, USAView event
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    From the organiser

    The annual Meijer LPGA 5k presented by Kellogg's. Bring the whole family to this fun, exciting community 5k powered by Gazelle Sports.

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    $20
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    Cookie 5K

    Robinette's Apple Haus & Winery, 3142 4 Mile Rd NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525, USAView event
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    From the organiser

    Join Team Orphans for an exciting 5K run & walk at Robinette's Apple Haus in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This clock timed event (not chip timed) is open to everyone and fun for the whole family. Run the 5K, walk the same course or walk the first mile and end up right at the cookies! Every dollar paid or raised is used to provide grants to adopting families through various agencies including Bethany Christian Services.

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    Metro Way 5K/10K
    Thu 18th Jul
    Wyoming, MI, United States
    Free
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    Metro Way 5K/10K

    Metro Health University of Michigan Health, 5900 Byron Center Ave SW, Wyoming, MI 49519, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    This family-friendly event welcomes people of all ages and abilities walkers, competitive runners and everyone in between. Get your family off the couch, try a new exercise challenge or beat your personal best time the Metro Way makes it fun!

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    Caledonia Kilt Klassic 5k
    Sat 29th Jun
    Caledonia, MI, United States
    $10 - $25
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    Caledonia Kilt Klassic 5k

    331 Johnson St SE, Caledonia, MI 49316, USAView event
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    From the organiser

    The Race includes a 5K (3.1miles) Run or Walk and a Fun Run for kids 10 years and younger! This rolling 5k runs through the main streets of Caledonia, MI. The race starts running up and down main street, heading out onto dirt roads, heading back into town where you will through the Village of Caledonia, and finally heading back towards the high school track. All proceeds from the Kilt Klassic events benefit the Caledonia High School Men and Womens Track & Field and Cross Country programs. New course which will allow all runners to receive a chip time.

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    Cross Country Team Challenge
    Thu 25th Jul
    Plainfield charter Township, MI, United States
    $10
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    Cross Country Team Challenge

    6555 Jupiter Ave NE, Belmont, MI 49306, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Running IS a team sport and the Cross Country Team Challenge allows you and four of your friends to experience it all together. This event resembles a high school style cross country meet, using standard scoring and a 5K course. This is a team event, with 5 to 7 people per team. If you don't have a team or enough people to make a full time, let us know and we will help you put a team together.

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    SpartanNash YMCA 5K
    Sat 27th Jul
    Byron Center, MI, United States
    $5 - $25
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    SpartanNash YMCA 5K

    2445 84th St SW, Byron Center, MI 49315, USAView event
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    From the organiser

    Welcome to Race for SpartanNash YMCA 5K Run/Walk in Byron Center. The Race and Walk will start at 8:30 a.m. on Byron Center Avenue just north of the 84th and Byron Center intersection. Also included is a Kids' Fun Run (1/2 mile) scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m., on 84th street at the 5K finish line. A large community parade will follow at 10:00 a.m. Our event is held in conjunction with the annual Byron Days Festival in July.

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    Lake Michigan Credit Union Bridge Run
    Sun 15th Sep
    $30 - $45
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    Lake Michigan Credit Union Bridge Run

    Rosa Parks Circle, 135 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USAView event
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    From the organiser

    The Lake Michigan Credit Union Bridge Run provides you the chance to see some of the best sights in Grand Rapids, while accomplishing YOUR goals. Whether you pick the 10 Mile Run, 5K Run, or 5K walk your journey will start in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids at Rosa Parks Circle. From there the course will take you over the city's historic bridges, along the Grand River, through parks, and back to the finish on Monroe Center.

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    Kentwood Community Classic 5K
    Sat 24th Aug
    Kentwood, MI, United States
    $5 - $20
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    Kentwood Community Classic 5K

    6230 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Kentwood, MI 49508, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Please join us for this cross country 5k with awards to the top 5 for each gender! The open race will run before our high school scrimmage, and it directly benefits our EK Cross Country program. There is also a 1/2 mile Kids Race (Age 10 & under please).

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    Rockfit Fall Trail Race
    Sun 29th Sep
    Kent County, MI, United States
    $40
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    Rockfit Fall Trail Race

    6800 Cannonsburg Rd NE, Belmont, MI 49306, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    We are pleased to be partnering with K9 Camo Companions, a great local non-profit who's mission is dedicated to assisting veterans in West Michigan with companion animals for emotional support. Some of the additional services they provide include, veterinarian visits, vaccines, and micro-chipping. They provide obedience training to the pet, and teaching the veteran how to maintain the training. They also assist with the needs of the pet upon placement by providing items such as bowls, beds, food and treats. All at no charge to the veteran! A portion of the proceeds will go directly to this great local organization!

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    $23 - $37
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    GRR Runway 5k

    6450 Air Cargo Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    We are back for a another year with the GRR Runway 5K at Gerald R. Ford Airport! Want to run on and under a runway? Then this is a race for you! This is a truly unique experience. Athletes will start by running through the tunnel that goes under the runway, then head out onto one of the major airport runways for a lightning fast 5K race!

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    Grand Rapids Turkey Trot
    Thu 28th Nov
    Free - $30
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    Grand Rapids Turkey Trot

    130 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Now come join the biggest and best holiday race 5k race/walk event in West Michigan once again as a community of over 5,000 participants come together to support student achievement.

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    Love INC’s HayDay 5k
    Sat 12th Oct
    Hudsonville, MI, United States
    $20
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    Love INC’s HayDay 5k

    Hudsonville, MI 49426, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Love In the Name of Christ is partnering with Hudsonville Chamber & the city of Hudsonville's Urban HayDay Event to bring you the third annual HayDay 5k!

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    Saturday Slip N Slide 5K Run/Walk
    Sat 15th Jun
    Georgetown Township, MI, United States
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    Saturday Slip N Slide 5K Run/Walk

    Rosewood Park, 1899 Rosewood St, Jenison, MI 49428, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The Saturday Slip N Slide 5K Run/Walk is held each year in conjunction with the Saturday Slip N Slide event at Rosewood Park in Jenison. The Run raises money to support Kids Hope USA, helping at-risk children right here in our neighborhoods. From the dedicated runner to the morning walker, this run is for you. The Saturday Slip N Slide 5K Run will take you past Rosewood Park where youll see preparations underway for the Saturday Slip N Slide event later that day, and through the surrounding neighborhoods. Wagons and strollers are welcome, but we ask that you leave your pets at home.

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    Moonlight Bootlegger 5K - Rockford
    Sat 8th Jun
    Rockford, MI, United States
    Sold Out
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    Moonlight Bootlegger 5K - Rockford

    53 E Bridge St NE, Rockford, MI 49341, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Just like our bootleggin ancestors, see if you can make it through the moonlit woods to get to the stompin grounds, where you can enjoy moonshine and flatfoot it to live music. The trails will be marked with tea lights all along the way. Bring a headlamp and a friend and enjoy the most unique race in the area!

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    David Warsen Legacy 5K Run / HERO Walk
    Sat 10th Aug
    Kentwood, MI, United States
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    David Warsen Legacy 5K Run / HERO Walk

    Pat Patterson Athletic Field, Kentwood, MI 49508, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The David Warsen Legacy Team is hosting a run & walk event in honor of SO2 Navy SEAL David Warsen. David was a very active person who loved fitness and the outdoors. As family and friends of David, we want to honor him by celebrating his life and giving nature through a community event. It includes a 5K fun run that will take place on the cross-country trail and a walk on the campus of East Kentwood High School in Kentwood, MI.

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    Shake Your Teal Feathers
    Sun 22nd Sep
    Walker, MI, United States
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    Shake Your Teal Feathers

    Millennium Park, 1415 Maynard Ave SW, Walker, MI 49534, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    We are excited to announce that our 7th annual ovarian cancer awareness event will be held on Sunday, September 22. Be sure to join us at Millennium Park. Get ready to Shake Your Teal Feathers by running or walking.

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