Matt Meyle – Collegiate Staff
Homecoming week is here at Grand Rapids Community College and to help fuel Raider pride, GRCC is hosting the first ever Raider Fun Run/Walk 5K.
The race is being held on Wed., Oct. 18 starting on the Main Campus and connecting to the DeVos Campus. The race starts on Bostwick Commons at 6 p.m., but participants should arrive early at Ford Fieldhouse for registration and packet pick-ups starting at 5 p.m. and ending fifteen minutes before the race.
GRCC President Bill Pink will welcome the runners and walkers before the race to get everyone pumped up and ready to go. Participating in the race are GRCC’s Athletic Director Billy Firn and volleyball coach Chip Will, as well as, GRCC Campus Police Chief Rebecca Whitman.
The race begins on the Bostwick Commons near Lyon Street and then heads toward Fountain Street Church. The route takes the racers up the Fountain Street hill, then turns onto College Avenue toward Fulton Street, passing Sneden Hall. The runners then head back toward downtown on Fulton Street until they reach Division Avenue leading them back to Fountain Street and the Bostwick Commons. The runners then circle the same route again, 2 laps in total, to complete the 5k run.
A map of the route can be found on the homecoming page, with all additional information that participants and volunteers will need for the event.
The top finishing runner will receive a $50 Best Buy gift card for their efforts. Second place is rewarded with a $25 gift card to Buffalo Wild Wings, and third place will receive a $15 gift card to Subway. Don’t let the pressure of finishing first deter you from racing, participants may also walk if they choose. Regardless of whether you run or walk, all participants are showing their support for GRCC and Raider pride just by being at the event.
Currently, there are 67 participants in the race, so sign-up quick because the first 100 participants receive “A free long sleeve tech shirt, a water bottle, and a racing bib,” said assistant director of student life, Thalia Guerra-Flores.
Runners, walkers and those coming to support the racers are encouraged to dress in maize and blue to show Raider pride. Blue and gold hairspray will be provided to anyone who wants to support GRCC with a wacky hair color combination.
Water stations will be set up at the end of the commons providing the runners with the option to hydrate.
Students still hoping to participate in the race can sign up early on GRCC’s homecoming page or before the race, starting at 5 p.m. at Ford Fieldhouse.
Rather volunteer instead of being in the race? Sign up to assist on the event day with checking in runners, helping with water stations, helping guide the runners along their path, or even just cheer them on. You must sign up before the start of the event on GRCC’s homecoming page to be able to be registered as a volunteer.