2nd annual RunStrong 5k set for July 13

Krystle Wagner • Jun 18, 2018 at 8:00 AM

GRAND HAVEN TWP. — The Lakeshore chapter of MyTeam Triumph will benefit from the second annual RunStrong 5k.

Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome to participate in Generation Care’s RunStrong 5k on Friday, July 13. The Tot Trot will kick off the evening at 6:45. The run will begin at 7 p.m. at Generation Care, 16760 Lincoln St.

The cost to participate is $25. Registration will increase to $30 on July 7.

Registration can take place at www.runstrong5k.com or in person at Generation Care locations.

The free Tot Trot is a 200-meter course.

After the race, families are welcome to participate in a post-race party that will include dinner. Monetary prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers and the top male and female masters finishers.

MyTeam Triumph is a non-profit organization that provides children, adults, teens and veterans with disabilities the chance to experience what it’s like to cross the finish line of a race, said Michele Schipma, a leader of the Lakeshore chapter.

“Captains” are individuals who have a disability and will be along for the ride; “angels” are the volunteers who pull or push “captains” during the event.

Schipma said “captains” and “angels” plan to participate in the upcoming run.

With proceeds benefiting the local chapter, Schipma said she’s thankful for the support.

“We are in need of equipment, since I am just restarting up the Lakeshore (chapter) again,” she said. “RunStrong has been amazing people to work alongside of. The generosity is incredible.”

After expenses, the first RunStrong 5k raised more than $6,200, which benefited North Ottawa Community Hospital’s pediatric rehabilitation program. Scott McKeel and Lauren L'Huillier, co-race directors and Generation Care physical therapists, said they hope to increase the number of participants and amount raised this year.

The race stems from the RunStrong classes McKeel and L'Huillier started two years ago. The classes are aimed at injury prevention and performance enhancement. In addition to teaching classes at Generation Care, McKeel said they have programs for high school and college ages.

McKeel said some people from the class have participated in the RunStrong 5k, and they also work closely with the Grand Haven Running Club.

With the event open to all ages, McKeel said last year’s event brought out families and they hope to see them again.

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