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231 River Run to raise funds for county trails

Alexander Sinn • Oct 25, 2018 at 1:00 PM

ROBINSON TWP. — Runners will get a glimpse of a new and growing trail system Saturday at the 231 River Run 4K.

Sign-up is full for the River Run, which will be staged at Connor Bayou in Robinson Township, but tickets are still available for a post-race party at the county park with food and alcoholic beverages. 

Tickets are $7 and can be purchased with cash today or Friday at the Ottawa County administration offices, 12220 Fillmore St., West Olive. Party tickets will not be available for purchase Saturday. 

For racers, pick-up of shirts takes place 3-7 p.m. today and 3-5 p.m. Friday.

County staff will be on site Saturday at 7 a.m. at Connor Bayou, 12945 Cedar Drive. The 10K begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by the 4-mile run at 8:45 a.m. The race will take 4-mile runners on a loop, starting east on North Cedar and north along the Spoonville Trail across the Grand River.

Proceeds from tickets will promote Ottawa County trails, and county land use planning specialist Danielle Bouchard said the event has made a significant impact on fundraising efforts to complete the Spoonville Trail and Idema Explorers Trail.

“Not only do proceeds help trail construction from a financial perspective, but the event also brings more trail awareness to Ottawa County,” she said.

The Spoonville Trail, which crosses the M-231 bridge, is near completion. The county is hoping to raise $80,000 to finish the 3.6-mile project. The final leg of the trail will wind through the Terra Verde Golf Course and feature educational information about Native American sites.

This project will connect on the south side of the Grand River to the Idema Explorers Trail, a 28-mile greenway.

Parking space is limited at the Connor Bayou park, with about 100 space. There is more parking along North Cedar Drive.

There will be aid stations with water and Gatorade for runners at miles 2 and 4. A medic will cycle through the course to assist with emergencies.

Beverages from Grand Armory Brewing will be available following the race, including beer and non-alcoholic drinks. Hog Wild BBQ will be served to those who purchase tickets.

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