SPRING LAKE TWP. — After two weeks without a meet, Spring Lake’s cross country teams were more than ready to race again. Back on their home course, that anticipation turned into fast times, as local runners secured top-three finishes in both races.
With a handful of local organizations staring months of lost revenue in the face, Bluebird Cancer Retreats in Spring Lake wanted to do something different.
Running events big and small have had to adjust as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, as events like the New York City Marathon are being canceled due to their potential lack of social distancing.
SPRING LAKE TWP. — Before Mark Grevengoed met his wife Julie around the year 1999, long-distance running was a foreign concept to him.
After Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer extended the statewide stay-at-home order on Friday, the Tri-Cities Family YMCA announced that the Kick-Off to Summer run would be postponed.
The West Michigan Tourist Association announced Tuesday that Holland’s Tulip Time Run will switch to a virtual experience, which will be held from Friday, May 1 to Sunday, May 10.
Local runners are not allowing social distancing and quarantining prevent them from raising money for a good cause. The Five Mile Hill Challenge is still on and runners are running for 45 minutes and for each lap they run, they make money based on the amount of people they got to pledge beforehand.
On Saturday, WMC sophomore Abby VanderKooi competed in the Foot Locker Cross Country Midwest Regional meet in Kenosha, Wisc. There, she raced against some of the top athletes from 13 states. The top ten athletes per gender qualify for the Foot Locker Nationals in San Diego, Calif. on Dec. 14.