Races may seem more appealing when you're running with the sun hot on your face along scenic routes where the trees are in full bloom, but with the right gear you can glide through the snow and stay active year round. So get off your couch, stretch your cramped body and get some cold crisp air pumping through those lungs.
Dash Down Division 5k
2500 S. Division Ave SE, Grand Rapids
Feb. 23, 9:30 a.m.
5k: $25, kids run free ($5 with T-shirt); childcare during 5k ($5 for two hours)
(616) 588-7200 ext. 2006
Dash through downtown in support of the Kroc Center's recreation scholarship fund, which helps local children living at or below the poverty level. Kids can also join in the miniDASH fun run for free. The race includes chip timing, a moisture-wicking T-shirt and a Kroc Center day pass.
Good Form Running
4045 Chicago Dr. SW, Grandville
stridersrun.com, (616) 261-9706
Every Wednesday, the GFR clinic breaks down the basics for learning the art of running. During the session, video is taken, a four-point lesson is given, drills are put to practice and then the video is reviewed. GFR's main goal is to help you become a more efficient runner for a better running experience.
Grand Rapids Urban Adventure Race: Winter Edition
Feb. 9, 8:45 a.m.
Cannonsburg Ski Area
6800 Cannonsburg Rd NE, Belmont
$57 per person/$114 per team (includes long-sleeve T-shirt)
Be part of the largest winter adventure race in the nation as a sizeable field of two-person teams race to complete a series of Amazing Race-style challenges such as snowbiking, snowshoe running, and monster-tube writing.
State Street Mile
49 S. State St., Hart
Feb. 16, 10 a.m.
Participate in the First Annual State Street Mile Run or Walk during the Hart Winterfest Winter-Sports Weekend. All participants receive an authentic State Street Mile Winter hat. Stick around afterward for a free round of Snow-Putt Golf or a free session of cross-country skiing at John Gurney Park.
Urban Herd Grand Rapids
3930 28th St SE, Grand Rapids
Meet at the Kentwood Gazelle Sports store every Monday to join an informal run for anyone interested in running. The event is free and open to all skill levels with the choice of running two, four or six miles.