The Race

Nestled in the wooded areas just south of Newaygo, about 40 minutes north of Grand Rapids, Hess Lake offers a very unique and scenic running experience that athletes crave. Far from the “same old” streets and suburbia that runners are accustomed to, the race course challenges even the most avid runners yet offers scenery that beginners can appreciate.

All courses touch the lakeshore drives of Hess Lake. The 5K covers about 1/3 of the lakeshore, the 10K runs once around the lake, and the half marathon does a second loop around the lake. Veteran runners love the course for its uniqueness and challenging hills. Beginners love the course for its scenery and many “unplanned” water stops manned by lakeshore residents who participate on their own.

Race day parking across the street from River Valley Community Church.

Check back soon for the complete schedule: race times, packet pickup, and locations.


Register by 6/15
5k (untimed): $25
10k: $45
Half Marathon: $65

Register 6/16 - 7/9
5k (untimed): $30
10k: $50
Half Marathon: $70

Register 7/10 through race day
5k (untimed): $35
10k: $55
Half Marathon: $75

Registration Events

Thursday June 1, 3pm - close

Jimmy's Roadhouse Fundraiser

Jimmy's Roadhouse 8574 Mason Dr, Newaygo, Michigan 49337

A portion of the evening's proceeds will go to the A-T Children's Project. Register on site for the race with discounts and giveaways!

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Thursday June 8, 3pm - close

Elk Brewing Fundraiser

Elk Brewing: Wealthy St Location 700 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

Donating a portion of sales all day. Register on site for the race with discounts, free stuff, and a beer on us!

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Get Registered!

What are you waiting for? Get you, your family, and friends signed up now. Register early to save on your race fees and guarantee your shirt size availability.

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  • Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it's all about.

    PattiSue Plumer, U.S. Olympian
  • Believe that you can run farther or faster. Believe that you're young enough, old enough, strong enough, and so on to accomplish everything you want to do.

    John Bingham

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