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  • Wheatlake Festival of Races

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    Name: Wheatlake Festival of Races
    Date: May 18, 2019
    Time: 6:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
    Event Description:

    Day of Packet Pick-up
    Saturday, May 18 from 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
    Run and walk packets will be available to pick up at the registration table at Big Rapids Middle School at 500 N. Warren Avenue, Big Rapids

    Race Information
    All running participants will receive a race bib with microchip for timing and a finisher medal.
    Age group awards based on chip time
    Awards will be given to the overall male and female racers in the Half Marathon, 10K Run and 5K Run
    Half Marathon, 10K and 5K awards will be given for first, second and third place in each age group
    Race proceeds will benefit the Susan P. Wheatlake Cancer and Wellness Fund, an endowment of the Spectrum Health Foundation Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals. The fund provides resources and materials for use by patients and families facing cancer in our region.

    Half Marathon
    Registration: 6 a.m.  Race Start: 8 a.m.  
    Complimentary busing to start locations from Big Rapids Middle School departing at 6:45 a.m. and 7 a.m. 
    Course: The 13.1 mile race begins at the Reed City Depot at 200 N. Chestnut Street in Reed City, and will end at the Bandshell traveling the White Pine Trail. The course will include four water stations and restrooms. 
    The course will close at 11 a.m.

    10K Run
    Registration: 6 a.m.  Race Start: 8 a.m.  
    Complimentary busing to start locations from Big Rapids Middle School departing at 6:45 a.m. and 7 a.m. 
    Course: The 6.21 mile race begins at Paris Park in Paris and will end at the Bandshell traveling the White Pine Trail. The course will include water stations and restrooms. 
    The course will close at 11 a.m.

    Memorial and Encouragement Stakes
    Purchase a 6-inch Memorial or Encouragement Stake that will be displayed in the grassy area surrounding the Bandshell to honor and support a loved one. Proceeds benefit patients at the Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Center.


    5K Run
    Registration: 7 a.m.   Run Start: 8 a.m.     
    Course: Starts at Hemlock Park, ends at the Bandshell.

    5K Wellness Walk
    Registration: 8:30 a.m. Run Start: 9:30 a.m.     
    Course: Starts at Hemlock Park, ends at the Bandshell.

    Kid's Dash
    Registration: 10 a.m.    Dash 10:30 a.m.
    Course: Big Rapids Middle School soccer field
    Participants receive a special prize.
     
    Free Skin Cancer Screenings
    8:30  a.m. to 10:30  a.m.
    Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Center staff will provide free screenings at the Bandshell.

     

    Location:
    Race Headquarters:
    Bandshell
    Located behind Big Rapids Middle School
    500 N. Warren Ave., Big Rapids
    (Rain location: Big Rapids Middle School)
    Contact Information:
    231.592.4208
    Fees/Admission:
                                      
    Half Marathon - $70 or $80
    10K Race - $40 or $50
    5K Race - $25 or $30
    5K Walk - $20 or $25
    Kids Dash - Free
    Memorial Stake - $10
    Encouragement Stake - $10

     
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