Thank you North Woods General Store!

North Woods General Store is the Hess Lake Run title sponsor for 2022. They have been providing all the runners with high quality drinkware for years.

We welcome them back in 2022 with excitement and appreciation. Show your support by stopping in their store or checking out their website.

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 at Trinity Fellowship.

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Course maps: (Note: Some browsers may not properly display the map title)

5K Course Map

10K Course Map

Half Marathon Course Map

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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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