Welcome to the 6th Annual GRAND RIVER RUN at Roselle Park: 1010 Grand River Drive, Ada, MI. The Ada Township Parks & Recreation Department is pleased to host the 6th GRAND RIVER RUN at beautiful Roselle Park. Two professionally timed trail race events are planned: an 8K and a 5K. Our original 8K hybrid trail race course has been modified throughout the years to include more natural trails, and features a network of mostly flat, yet challenging and highly scenic trails that wind throughout the nature preserve (hard packed clay, low grass and non-beveled paved trails with ample shoulder running room if desired), while the 5K and 2K routes consist of flat and fast paved trails.
Grand River Run Overview:
Seasoned and novice trail and road runners alike will enjoy the diverse terrain and scenery at the GRAND RIVER RUN. The course is designed to showcase the natural beauty at the 250-plus acre nature preserve, Roselle Park, which is situated along miles of Grand River frontage in beautiful Ada Township, Michigan. Register early to reserve your spot! Small, personalized field.
- 8K (4.97 miles) “Hybrid Surface” Trail Race @ 9 a.m.*
- 5K (3.1 miles) Paved Trail Race @ 9:10 a.m.*
- 2K (1.25 miles) Family Fun Run & Walk @ 10:15 a.m.
- Top Finisher Medals & Awards will be presented upon final finisher scores.
*Timed Race Events.
Our Original 8K (4.97 mile) “Hybrid” Trail Race Course offers a scenic journey through Roselle Park’s Grand River valley and its 100-year old floodplains, yet this isn’t a walk in the park! This professionally timed race features a challenging, yet mostly flat course which showcases the park’s early fall foliage, migrating birds, tall prairie grasses, meadows, woodlands, wetlands, meandering streams, and of course scenic views of the Mighty Grand. The 8K is geared toward trail AND road runners alike–and is an excellent event for newbie and seasoned trail runners. The course starts and finishes fast along a paved path, and has ample passing opportunities. The event is RFID bib timed. Custom medals and finisher gift certificates will be awarded to top M/F finishers in multiple age group categories.
The 5K (3.1 mile) Trail Race Course consists of an all-paved, mostly flat and fast trail loop at Roselle Park. The course is highly scenic, offering Grand River views, and affords runners the opportunity to sample Roselle Park’s natural beauty without going “off trail.” Like the 8K, this is a chip-timed race. For the safety of everyone, runners with wheelchairs and baby joggers will line up behind other participants. The event is RFID bib timed. Custom medals and finisher gift certificates will be awarded to top M/F finishers in multiple age group categories.
The 2K (1.25 mile) Family Fun Run/Walk event is a non-timed, non-competitive event that is perfect for the entire family, including outdoor enthusiasts of all ages/abilities. The course follows an all-paved loop that takes participants out along the Grand River (highly scenic), past a bird observation deck, and returns to the finisher’s chute with plenty of cheers and high fives at the finish line. Children 5 and under may participate for free (with a registered adult/shirt not included with free entry). 8K & 5K registered runners are welcome to participate in this event for free with friends and/or family. Strollers, walkers, boarders and wheelchairs are most welcome (please line up behind runners/walkers)! All children finishers 10U will receive an award. Socialized dogs are welcome on a leash and must be cleaned up after. Depending on the turnout, we will stage the event to accommodate those who want to run vs. walk.
New this year, we’ll tentatively host a post-race reception in the Roselle Park Welcome Center, complete with refreshments, prize drawings and fun for those who can visit for awhile after the race events. We’ll share more information soon!
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