Coast Guard Run wraps up inaugural 5K series

Brooke Sheldon had no idea what kind of turn-out to expect when it was announced that the three big 5K races in Grand Haven would team up as part of a series. After all, the opening race, the Klever Innovations Kick Off to Summer Run, takes place on Memorial Day weekend while the second, the Grand Haven High School Patriot's Day Run, is over the 4th of July holiday. The third, and largest, is Saturday's Coast Guard Festival Run, which serves as kick-off to the week-long Coast Guard Festival.
Matt DeYoung
Jul 27, 2011


Sheldon, the race director for the Kick Off to Summer and the Coast Guard runs, has been pleasantly surprised by the number of people who have completed the first two rounds of the three-race Grand Haven Grand Haven 5K Run/Walk Series.

“We’ve just got all the data merged and we’re going into the Coast Guard run with 80 people who have done both the Kick Off to Summer and the Patriot’s Day runs,” Sheldon said. “We had no idea what to expect. To be honest, I had much lower expectations, especially since the races are held on busy holiday weekends.”

Sheldon is confident that many of those 80 participants will compete in the Coast Guard Festival 5K run and complete the series trifecta.

“I think a lot of them will, because people are now talking about it,” she said. “They’re excited about it.”

The 5K run begins at 7:30 a.m. at the intersection of Sand and Sherman streets in Grand Haven — near the entrance to the Tri-Cities Family YMCA. The 10K will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by the 1-mile Fun Run at 8:45 and a tot trot at 9:15.

The 5K and 10K races finish coming up the hill into the YMCA parking lot on Y Drive.

Following Saturday’s races, those who competed in all three races of the Grand Haven Grand Haven 5K Run/Walk Series will be recognized at the awards ceremony.

Sheldon stressed that the series is not meant to be competitive.

“We want to stress that this is not just for runners,” she said. “It’s for anyone who has a goal of getting in shape, getting healthy. You can walk them or run with friends.”


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