Explore two parks in one race. Run (or walk) through two beautiful Ottawa County Parks that sit along the Grand River. #2Parks1Race
The Ottawa County Parks Foundation and Ottawa County Parks are excited to host this fun, family-friendly 10K, 5K, and 1-Mile Kids Fun Run/Walk and celebrate the recently completed Idema Explorers Trail that connects Grand River Park to Grand Ravines Park. Come and enjoy nature, community, and some post-race treats. Ottawa County Parks are for everyone!
The course starts at Grand River County Park, winding you through a natural surface trail until you hit the newly completed Idema Explorers Trail segment that leads you along the Grand River to Grand Ravines County Park. As you enter Grand Ravines, you will see an old, covered bridge and go up a small incline to a spectacular view of the river. If you’re lucky, you might even see the resident bald eagles out fishing.
If you are running (or walking) the 5K, you will turn around at this point. If you are running the 10K, you will continue to wind yourself through Grand Ravines Park, past the dog park, through the meadow, across the Idema suspension bridge, down some stairs, and back through the woods to Grand River Park. Sounds pretty Grand, doesn’t it?
The kids’ 1-mile fun run/walk will start at 8:00 am. The 10K and 5K races will start at 8:30 am.
The kids’ fun run/walk will be on a paved trail only so strollers will be allowed. (No strollers will be allowed on the 10K/5K route due to difficult terrain and narrow trails in some areas of the course.)
Unfortunately, dogs will not be allowed to run any of the races, but they may be present on a six-foot leash by the lodge and post-race party areas. We know dogs are a part of the family, we just ask that you be considerate of those around you. We want everyone to have a great time!
- 6/24/23 - Grand Explorers Trail Race