Grand Rapids, MI (July 24, 2018) – The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids is excited to host the annual Race for Spartan Stores YMCA 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, July 28, 2018. The 5K Run/Walk, sponsored by Chemical Bank, includes a half-mile Kids Fun Run and is held in conjunction with the annual Byron Days Festival the last weekend in July. The race course traverses beautiful Byron Center and includes a 1-mile stretch on the scenic Kent Trails.

The 5K race is scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Chemical Bank Parking Lot, 2445 84th Street SW, Byron Center, with the Kids Fun Run starting at 9:30 a.m. in the same location. Race registration is available online at Late registration and packet pick up is available on Friday, from 5 – 7 p.m. and on race day from 7 – 8 a.m.

Trophies will be awarded for male and female overall, masters and age group winners. Awards will be given to five places in each age group. All Kids Fun Run participants will receive a medal.

What:            Annual Race for Spartan Stores YMCA 5K and Kids Fun Run presented by Chemical Bank

When:          Saturday, July 28

5K Race: 8:30 a.m. start time

Kids Fun Run: 9:30 a.m. start time

Where:        Chemical Bank Parking Lot, 2445 84th Street SW, Byron Center, MI 49315

“While the Y will always be a great place to get fit, we also provide life-changing programs for our community,” said Paul Petr, District Executive Director, YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids. “Proceeds from this event will support the Y’s Annual Campaign, which provides support for critical programs and activities that keep kids safe, support healthy lifestyles and strengthen families.”

Some of the additional sponsors of the Race for Spartan Stores YMCA 5K include: Spartan Nash, Family Fare Supermarkets, Hulst Heating & Cooling/Daikin, Knapp Orthodontics, and Warner.

For more information about the Race for Spartan Stores YMCA 5K, visit or call 616.885.5531.