Join us for the Fourth Annual Big Smiles 5K Run/Walk! The race is Saturday, July 2nd at 8am EDT in New Buffalo, Michigan beginning in the parking lot of the New Buffalo Public Beach. Parking is available at the Public Beach or in town, and we will have packet pickup and registration tables on race day setup at Lions Pavilion near the beach from 6:00am-7:30am EDT. We will also have registration open and packet pickups on Friday, July 1st from 12:00pm-9:30pm EDT at the New Buffalo Township Library (across from Barney's grocery store).
The course is certified through the USATF and RRCA, is an up and back through Sunset Shores, and has prizes and trophies for the overall winners male and female in both of the under 50 and over 50 divisions. We have added new divisions this year: 8 & Under, 9-11, 12-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+. The top three male and female finishers in each division will get a medal.
We will also have post-race entertainment, snacks, refreshments, and an award ceremony in the park by Lions Pavilion.
Adults (13 & Over): $30
Kids (12 & Under): $20
*Deadline for T-Shirts is 6/25/16, we cannot guarantee shirts if you register after this date, thank you!*
Register for the Harbor Country Fitness Series for a Discount: A series of 3 - 5K Run/Walk Races in New Buffalo, MI
(All Races are at 8am EDT with the same certified course)
1) Big Smiles 5K Run/Walk - 7/2/16
2) Ship N Shore Shuffle 5K Run/Walk - 8/13/16
3) Harvest & Wine Hustle 5K Run/Walk - 10/8/16
By registering for the series you will receive a discount, and upon completion of the races you will receive a long-sleeve series event t-shirt, and be entered into a raffle for prizes. All of the races benefit local charities and organizations.
The Big Smiles 5K Run/Walk was started in honor of Kristen Heimbach who was tragically killed in a car accident in 2008. Kristen was a Special Education teacher in New Buffalo, Michigan and Michigan City, Indiana. Proceeds from the race are donated to the Dreaming Big Fund and to the Logan Center in South Bend, Indiana to help children with special needs, especially those with autism. Kristen was an amazing person with an infectious smile and personality, we are honored to be running for her and such a great cause.