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Grand River Road Race
Sat, Oct 24, 2020
About This Activity
The Grand River Track Club is launching the Grand River Road Race to give area runners an opportunity to compete this fall on a certified course. This is a low-cost, no-frills race for those who want to test themselves and compete against others or the clock and are not concerned with the medals, age group awards or inflated prices.
Capacity is limited to 50 runners and all current CDC-recommended COVID-19 practices will be followed.
We have a sponsor! And t-shirts! Hudsonville Physical Therapy is proud to sponsor the Grand River Road Race Half Marathon. Since 1994 Hudsonville Physical Therapy has been offering personal and professional care to each patient. At each visit patients are treated one-on-one with a physical therapist.
Parking: Please park at Hickory Hardware @ 3100 Broadway SW, Grandville MI. We will have toilets and packet pickup in that lot prior to the race starting on Broadway.
What we will provide
USATF certified course
Overall 1st place men's and women's awards
Finish line snacks & water
T-shirts (guaranteed if registered by 10/18/2020)
Amenities not provided
Race t-shirts T-shirts now provided!!! (If registered by 10/18/2020)
Gels & gatorade
Age group awards
This race will be hand-timed. When performed correctly this is a very accurate way to measure time. We are currently working on the starting procedure to ensure that we can maintain CDC-recommended spacing while also giving people accurate times. More details to come.
We will continue timing the race until 3 hours has passed. This will allow a pace of 13:44/mile. The course is an open course so you may continue running after the time limit has passed, but your time will not be recorded as official.
The race will begin and end near downtown Grandville and most of the route will utilize the Kent trail system. This will be a USATF certified course, and the USATF certification # will be posted soon.
The route will be open during the event. This means that there will likely be pedestrian and bike traffic on the course during the race. Vehicle traffic may be present but should be minimal.
*Please note that many running watches and fitness trackers will report too long of a distance over a certified course. This is because of runners not following all tangents as well as GPS tracking error.
There will be an aid station located near the pedestrian bridge linking Indian Mounds Drive to Millennium Park which will allow for 2 opportunities for aid. Water will be provided at the aid stations. Tables will also be set up early if you would prefer to drop your own bottles. This aid station will be at approximately the 4.2 and 9 mile mark.
Packet Pick-up / Race Day Registration
Packet pickup will occur onsite on race day beginning at 7:00am, ending at 7:45am. No early packet pickup will be provided.
Race day registration will be available for $30 cash only if spots remain. Race day registration will be first come, first serve.
Race will be capped at 50 runners. Race day registration will be available if spots remain.
Do not attend this event if you have any of these COVID-19 symptoms or have had them in the 3 days prior to the race.
Masks are required in the starting area and during packet pickup and registration.
Social distancing of 6 ft. or greater from must be observed at all times.
Violation of the above rules may result in disqualification.
Thanks to Hudsvonille Physical Therapy we will now be providing T-shirts! Select your size during the sign-up process. If you registered before t-shirts were provided, email your name and size to email@example.com.
Cancellation / Refund Information
Refunds are not guaranteed as a result of event cancellation, but we will try our best to provide them as possible.
Current Michigan COVID-19 laws ban outdoor gatherings and events of greater than 100 people and our event is designed to stay well under that number.
Update: We are continuing with the small field size (50) despite recent legal changes allowing larger outdoor gatherings.
If laws change and this event must be cancelled due to COVID-19 we will attempt to provide a refund, new race date, and/or alternate race experience that would still follow the law.
If the event must be cancelled due to severe weather on race day or damage to the course shortly before the race, refunds may not be provided.