YMCA Race Series Calendar

Miles for a Mission | Runs Races and Marathons

The Y is a positive force in West Michigan.

Every day, our community faces new challenges that create a greater need for the work we do to break down barriers and create access for all. From tackling the achievement gap to teaching healthy habits, or giving people the chance to strengthen our community through volunteering – everything the Y does is in service of building a better us. Y donors, volunteers, members and partners make the difference. Together, we take on the challenges that shape the future of West Michigan.

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University of Michigan Health - West:
Run Thru The Rapids

Sunday, October 16, 2022
Hosted at David D. Hunting YMCA Downtown Grand Rapids, MI

Organized by the Y Service Club.

Proceeds benefit YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin Scholarship Fund

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University of Michigan Health – West: Grand Rapids Marathon

Sunday, October 16, 2022
Foster Swift Half Marathon / Pepsi Zero Sugar Marathon Relay
Grand Rapids, MI
Hosted at David D.Hunting YMCA

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Litehouse Family YMCA
Turkey Trot

Saturday, November 12, 2022
5K Trail Run/Walk
Located in Lowell, MI

Benefits Litehouse Family YMCA Annual Campaign


Indoor Triathlon

January, February, March 2023

All levels welcome ages 7 and older! The January and February events feature 15 minute stages, with 5 minutes of transition time between each discipline. The March is a super sprint distance triathlon. Race participants receive a short sleeve tech t-shirt!

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Ionia County YMCA Why We Run Roads & Trails

TBD, 2023 - Trails
TBD, 2023 - Roads

Ionia, MI

Proceeds benefit the Safety Around Water program at the Ionia County YMCA

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Amway River Bank Run

May 13, 2023
25K, 10K, 5K Run/ Walk
Grand Rapids, MI

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Visser Family YMCA Buck Creek Run

July 1, 2023
5K Run/ Walk
Grandville, MI

Proceeds benefit Visser Family YMCA Impact Program, an afterschool program for Grandville, Jenison and Hudsonville middle-school students. Use code BC5visser for $5 off your registration!

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Metro Way 5K / GR YMCA Kids Run

July 20, 2023
5K Run/ Walk and Kids Fun Run
Byron Center, MI

This family-friendly event welcomes people of all ages and abilities – walkers, competitive runners and everyone in between - the Metro Way 5K and YMCA Youth Races makes it fun! Youth Races sponsored by the YMCA are free for all youth to participate in!

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Byron Days 5K

July 29, 2023
5k Run/Walk
Byron Center, MI

Whether you are an avid racer or an occasional walker, there is something for everyone and all ages are welcome, including a Virtual 5K Run/Walk. This event has been held in conjunction with the annual Byron Days Festival in July since 2005. Presented by Knapp Orthodontics benefiting the SpartanNash YMCA.


Strength Training, Trail Running: A Runner's Best Strategy

By: Emily Peay, Personal Trainer

Strength training is one of the most beneficial and underutilized routines a runner can incorporate to improve overall muscle strength, stamina, and endurance, as well as reduce the risk of injury. Additionally, strength training helps correct muscle imbalances, improve running biomechanics and support a proper posture. Whether your training is for a 5k, fun run, or your first marathon, strength training is essential.