In the next few weeks, Grand Rapids offers kids some fun activities to participate in. First, the Grand Rapids Marathon has a kids component. Of course they don’t run (or walk) the entire 26.2 miles that day, but using a log book that you can pick up at KDL and GRPL libraries or download and print from the website, your child can accumulate 25 miles starting August 22. By race day, they run or walk the last 1.2 miles to the ‘finish line’. Register on line and print a log sheet here for free here. Registered runners will receive an official race bib and t-shirt. Finishers receive a medal and certificate All participants will be eligible for post-race refreshments.
The next one is a big event for our family. The Priority Health Grand Cycling Classic is returning to Grand Rapids this year on September 6. Last year, Mr. Binder was a marshal, which means basically a crossing guard to get people off the street when the riders are coming through. A.P. rode in the kid’s race. Both are raring to go again this year; A.P. without training wheels.
This is a really fun event to watch even if your kids don’t want to ride in the race. The bikers circle around the course so you see them pass several times. It also corresponds with Celebration on the Grand, so there is ton going on downtown that weekend. You can sign your kids up for the race here. The kids race is for 9 and under.
Both events are free, and the first 300 kids to register for the bike race get a free helmet. Last year A.P. also got a t-shirt, cowbell, and a bike flag but I don’t know what is in store for this year yet. Maybelle wants to ride too, so I’m going for a media hat-trick. So far she has been on the news for the First Steps launch last month and the Read with the Mayor event at the library last week. I swear I am not paying the Fox 17 camera man; he just knows a super star when he sees one.