COHASSET — The second Running the Rapids Half Marathon and 5K will kick off Aug. 24 at Portage Park. New this year is a half marathon relay race.
The 2018 inaugural race attracted more than 330 runners from 13 different states. With the success of the 2018 race, the planning committee is looking forward to another exciting event that will showcase all that the Grand Rapids area has to offer.
“Last year’s race was such a blast, and we’re really proud of how it turned out,” said Race Director Tom McBride. “With the enhancements we’re making, this year’s event will be even better!”
One enhancement is the addition of a half marathon relay race where two runners will split the half marathon, each running approximately 6.5 miles.
Local businesses have once again stepped up to show support for the health and wellness of community residents.
Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital is the presenting sponsor for the second year in a row.
“The event promotes activity and wellness for our community and beyond, so it’s a natural fit for us as the primary provider of health care services in our area,” said Cassi Chrzanowski, Marketing and Communications Manager at Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital. “The inaugural event was pretty incredible and we’re looking forward to being part of it again this year.”
Paul Bunyan increased their support with a platinum sponsorship and committed gold sponsors include Hawkinson Construction, Woodland Bank, SuperOne Foods, and Minnesota Power.
“We are truly humbled and honored at the amount of support the race has received from organizations throughout our community,” said Running the Rapids Committee Member Nick Rothstein. “I can’t wait to see this race grow and enrich our community for years to come.”
A portion of the event proceeds will benefit LiveSTRONG at the YMCA, a 12-week fitness program for cancer survivors, and Itasca Area Special Olympics, an organization that develops leadership skills in people with disabilities.
Through Sunday, the half marathon is $65, the relay is $100 per team and the 5K is $35. To register, visit www.runningtherapids.com