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 Trinity Fellowship.

Read below for the schedule: race times, packet pickup, and locations.

Registration

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

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5K Course Map

10K Course Map

Half Marathon Course Map

14th Fri, 5pm - 7pm

Early Packet Pickup

Trinity Fellowship 53 East 88th Street, Newaygo, MI 49337

Pick up your bib and runner packet before race day.

15th Sat, 7am - 8am

Packet Pickup

Trinity Fellowship 53 East 88th Street, Newaygo, MI 49337

Come early to make sure you're ready!

15th Sat, 8:30am

Half Marathon Start

Trinity Fellowship 53 East 88th Street, Newaygo, MI 49337

15th Sat, 8:30am

10k Start

Hess Lake Boat Launch Shuttle from church runs 7:45am - 8:15am, every 10 minutes.

15th Sat, 8:35am

5k Start

Trinity Fellowship 53 East 88th Street, Newaygo, MI 49337

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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