3rd annual RunStrong 5K is July 12

Krystle Wagner • Jul 10, 2019 at 12:00 PM

GRAND HAVEN TWP. — Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities can participate in the third annual RunStrong 5K on Friday.

The event will be staged at Generation Care, 16760 Lincoln St., Grand Haven Township. The Trot Tot will start the evening at 6:45, followed by the 5K at 7.

A post-race party follows the run, which takes place rain or shine.

It costs $33 to participate in the run; the Tot Trot is free.

Anyone interested in walking or running can register online at www.runstrong5k.com or in person beginning at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Proceeds will benefit North Ottawa Community Hospital’s Pediatric Rehabilitation program, which offers occupational, physical and speech therapy to children. The group was selected as a way to continue supporting the organization, said Lauren L'Huillier, a co-race director, who noted that the Grand Haven hospital is celebrating 100 years of service this year.

When the RunStrong event was started three years ago, organizers wanted to provide a different experience from traditional races on weekend mornings, said L'Huillier, a physical therapist with Generation Care. L'Huillier said she enjoys seeing everyone coming together every year to show their support.

Last year’s race drew about 230 runners, and L'Huillier said they expect similar numbers this year. More than $3,000 was raised last year to benefit MyTeam Triumph.

The overall top three male and female finishers, as well as top male and female masters finishers, will receive cash prizes.

The 5K course is USATF certified. The flat course will take participants on some of the new paths along Lincoln Street and 168th Avenue.

The Tot Trot consists of a lap around the parking lot, and it’s best for ages 5 and younger, L'Huillier said.

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