We are back for a second year with the GRR Runway 5K at Gerald R. Ford Airport! Want to run on and under a runway? Then this is a race for you! This is a truly unique experience. Athletes will start by running through the tunnel that goes under the runway, then head out onto one of the major airport runways for a lightning fast 5K race!
We are going to have awesome finishers medals, cool prizes and a top flight course! This race raises money for the Make a Wish Foundation of West Michigan! The GRR Runway 5k is a must for your fall 2018 calendars (and your bucket list!) and is a great tune-up for your late season half and full marathons. Sign up quick the race will sell out and is capped at 1450 participants.
When and Where
Saturday October 6th, 2018
Gerald R. Ford International Airport
6450 Air Cargo Dr. SE
Grand Rapids , MI 49512
Check this site map for details on where to enter the airport and where to park.
You will NOT be entering the airport through the main passenger entrance. Please use 6450 Air Cargo Dr. SE to get to the correct entrance.
Follow these directions to get to the right spot –
From Grand Rapids/West side take I-96E to Exit 44, Turn Left onto 36th Street (this turns into Thornapple River Dr. SE) after going over the bridge, you’ll take a RIGHT onto Air Cargo Dr. and parking attendants will lead you from there.
From the East, Take I-96W to Exit 44, Turn Left onto 36th Street (this turns into Thornapple River Dr. SE) after going over the bridge, you’ll take a RIGHT onto Air Cargo Dr. and parking attendants will lead you from there.
Schedule of Events
Early Packet Pick-Up & Registration –
- Thursday, October 4th: The Runnery (5361 Alpine Ave NW, Comstock Park, MI 49321)
- 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM
- Friday, October 5th: 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Cascade D & W (6425 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546)
Race Day – October 6th:
- 7:00am – 8:45am – Race-Day Registration and Packet Pick-Up
- 9:00 am – 5K Race Start
- 9:05 am – 1 Mile tunnel fun run
- 10:10 am – Course Closes
- 10:15 am – Awards
|Event||First 25% of Capacity||26% – 75% of Capacity||76% – 100 % of Capacity|
|1 mile fun run||$18||$23||$23|
This event sold out in 2018! Sign up early to guarantee a spot and save! Registration is limited to 1450 participants.
What You Get With Your Registration
- Post-race food and beverages
- Short sleeved custom race shirt
- Live timing and instant results
- Awesome 5k Finishers Medals! (picture coming soon)
- Free finishers photography
- Custom 5K Race Bibs
- Finisher medals to everyone who completes the 5k
- Awards to the top 3 overall males and females in the 5k
- Awards to the top 3 males and females in the following age groups: 19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+.
Make-A-Wish® Michigan grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Since 1984, Make-A-Wish Michigan has granted more than 8,500 wishes. This year, the organization expects to grant wishes to more than 450 Michigan children. Based in Brighton, Mich., with an office in Grand Rapids, Make-A-Wish Michigan is funded through community support. 80 percent of each dollar spent benefits the Michigan wish-granting program. Visit www.michigan.wish.org to learn more.
This is not a course you will be able to run any other time! Come on out for this flat, screaming fast 5K.
This is a USA Track & Field Certified Course (certification #MI17053MN)
Rules & Guidelines
In the event the race should be canceled for reasons beyond the control of the Race Director or Race Committee (inclement weather or unsafe weather conditions; local, state or national emergency), refunds will not be made, but race packets, including race shirts, will be available at a location to be determined. Information will be available on the race website.
Refund Policy: No refunds for any reason will be issued for this event within 30 days of the event start date. Earlier than 30 days before the event, a request may be made for a 50% refund (this will be 50% of entry fee, excluding any processing fees). Entries CANNOT be transferred or deferred to another event or year. NO EXCEPTIONS will be made to this policy. By registering for this event you agree to this refund policy. To request a refund, please contact us on our Contact page and select “Registration” as the reason for your message.
Transfer policy: Entries can be transferred to another individual for a $5 transfer fee. T-shirt size will not be changeable. Entries CANNOT be transferred or deferred to another event or year. To request a transfer, please contact us on our Contact page and select “Registration” as the reason for your message.