Overall Rating
Overall Rating (3 Reviews)
4.7
(3 Ratings)(3 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2
SCENERY
3.7
PRODUCTION
4.7
SWAG
3
Founded in 2004, the Grand Rapids Marathon delivers a fun, highly personal, authentic race experience, particularly for runners who value a well-organized, personal experience over the chaotic, crowded fields of “big city” races through ”concrete canyons.” We are a race that supports every runner – no one is a stranger … MORE
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Recent reviews

    nkrusic REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Race was a little hillier than I had anticipated, but I have NO hills in my home town where I train! Expo was simple but nice! Liked that was able … MORE

    Race was a little hillier than I had anticipated, but I have NO hills in my home town where I train! Expo was simple but nice! Liked that was able to exchange shirt at end of run. Water was flooding the course at places and volunteers were furiously working to remove. All the volunteers were so good!! Course was well stocked and communication leading up to event was exceptional. Appreciated being able to take a shower at the “Y” before heading home. And shaking the race directors hand at the end was a bonus. You can tell he takes the small details to heart and the event showed that. A little pricey overall, but a solid event.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3

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    abbjmc FIRST-TIMER '19

    The race director, Don Kern, is what makes this race so great. He is extremely dedicated and makes sure this race is perfect. You'll get fun weekly emails from him … MORE

    The race director, Don Kern, is what makes this race so great. He is extremely dedicated and makes sure this race is perfect. You’ll get fun weekly emails from him leading up to race day and he makes sure to stand at the finish and shake each finisher’s hand.

    The logistics are smooth. Packet pickup was a breeze. You get to wait inside the YMCA before the race (and use its bathrooms, or the plentiful port-a-potties). All the aid stations were well-run, with volunteers clearly denoting the water vs. Gatorade. Miles are all clearly marked. The pacers seemed on point (although I didn’t use them). Easy spectator spots are clearly marked.

    There are some mentally tough parts of the course (the quiet of Millennium Park, a long out and back on Indian Mounds Road), but in all, the course is fun with a good go around the city followed by a scenic tour of fall colors.

    Overall, a very fun race race in a great city.

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    2

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    KatieD FIRST-TIMER '15

    This is a well organized event. The race director and volunteers are very friendly. This is a smaller event with a half marathon and marathon relay starting at the same … MORE

    This is a well organized event. The race director and volunteers are very friendly. This is a smaller event with a half marathon and marathon relay starting at the same time. The first 5 miles or so is in downtown Grand Rapids, then it heads out onto paved trails in Millennium Park for the majority of the race. You get very scenic views of the park with it’s lakes and the Fall colors are spectacular. The park is well shaded. There is a long out and back section in the park. The course is fairly flat and fast. The aid stations are plentiful and have a variety of food and drinks, including pickle juice. The finish line is the same as the start, ending at the Grand Rapids YMCA. You are allowed into the Y for showers after the race. Unlimited New Holland Brewery Beer at the Beer Garden afterwards, which is a bit crowded.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
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    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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