Nothing really beats the feeling of finishing a race you worked hard for. That runner's high you hear about? It happens. Whether you are pushing yourself to the limit or want to participate in something fun and challenging with your friends, there are races that accommodate every person and skill level.
Striders Sunset Series
Hudsonville, Grandville, Grand Rapids
May 23, June 27, Aug. 15
Striders takes running and makes it social and scenic with this running series. Each race starts at 7 p.m. and is followed by dinner, drinks and music.
Light the Night 5k Run
Fight the good fight against human trafficking through this walk/run 5k race. Proceeds from the run will be donated to The Manasseh Project, an outreach ministry of Wedgewood Christian Services that is dedicated to ending the sexual exploitation of young men and women in West Michigan. So grab your running shoes and help out a good cause.
Comstock Riverside Park
The Mayday 5k walk/run/skate event helps to raise donations for the MI CATS (Michigan Coalition Against the Tar Sands). The MI CATS have been attempting to fight the release of petroleum deposits, known as tar sands, by oil refineries into Lake Michigan. So why not help the environment and have fun while doing it?
The Dirty Doyle
Doyle Community Center
Adults 15+: $50 / Kids: $30
The Dirty Doyle is a three-mile run with 14 obstacles scattered throughout. These mud pits, balance beams, hill climbs, cargo net crawls, slip and slides, tire carries, over and unders, and more.
Shanty to Short's 5k/10k
Shanty Creek Resorts
Run from the Lakeview Hotel at Shanty Creek to Short’s Brewpub and reward your hard work with a cold brew.
Cops & Robbers 5k
Dress up in your best burglar disguise and attempt to win this 5k where every runner is a “robber” and must avoid all of the “cops” attempting to take your flag.
5K Chocolate Party
This timed 5k run is made with the chocolate lover in mind. It doesn't matter whether you’re fast or slow, everyone is competing for the same reasons, chocolate and fun. Enjoy chocolate during the race at various stops and celebrate your completion with a chocolate surprise finish at the end.
West Michigan MudVenture 5k
Resurrection Life Church
MudVenture is an outdoor 5k obstacle course featuring lots of running, crawling and climbing, all through mud. So much glorious mud. Have fun no matter what type of athlete you are.
5k Foam Fest
This foamy run will keep you on your toes with 15-30 obstacles involving anything from crawling in mud underneath electric wires to 50 foot slip and slides.
Glow in the Park
Light up the night during this evening 5k run. Wade through seas of foam, UV glow water and neon-colored powder.
The Color Run
Start this 5k decked out in your purest whites (chance to recycle your wedding dress?) and come out a rainbow of sweaty colors. The finish line turns the untimed run into a huge party, with grooves, moves and even more color.
Eat Dirt Mud Run
Get dirty with this mud-filled race, which features muddy obstacles. Don't try to avoid the inevitable because you will get dirty at this race.
The Warrior Dash
Endure 12 obstacles throughout 3.1 miles in this race where you will climb, swim, jump, balance and more. You will be trudging through mud, dirt and even leaping over fire at the end; so prepare to get dirty.
The Troll 10k/16.3 mile
Race along the newly completed paved bike paths in Ada. Several wooden bridges, including one across the Thornapple River, add to the scenic feel.
Borgess Run For The Health Of It
Race across most of Kalamazoo for a great opportunity to start out the summer strong.
Third Coast Relay
$498-$996 for the team
This may be the most epic run Michigan has to offer. Run 200+ miles along the Michigan coastline from Holland to Traverse City. Share the legs between you and your 12 teammates, or create an elite team of six or less and really prove your worth as a person.
T-Rex Trail Ten Miler
Test your might against nature and your fellow man in this 10-mile trek. Run through the woods of Lowell, battle the infamous mighty T-Rex Hill, and return home to tell the tale.
Michigan Titanium Half and Full Iron-distance Triathlon
Touted as the most intense race of its kind in Michigan, the Titanium consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2 mile run in and around Versluis Park in Plainfield Township.
Holland Haven Marathon
This race gives you a breezy 26.2-mile tour of West Michigan's lakeshore.
In true Oktoberfest fashion, the course starts and finishes at Old Boys Brewhouse, where finishers can relax with a pint.
Grand Rapids Marathon
Tour the city as well as Kent Trails on this mostly flat course. Celebrate your finish in downtown Grand Rapids with all of your fellow runners.