Grand Rapids Marathon

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Grand Rapids Marathon
Grand Rapids Marathon Logo.jpg
The Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon Logo
Date October 15, 2017
Location Western Michigan, ending in Grand Rapids
Event type Road
Distance Marathon
Established 2004
Official site
A participant in 2006

The Metro Health/Grand Rapids Marathon is a 26.219-mile (42.195 km) race run every October in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA since 2004. It is a USATF certified course.[1] The Grand Rapids Marathon picked up Metro Health as a title sponsor in 2008. The full marathon gives runners a tour of downtown Grand Rapids and then heads out of the city and into the trails of Millennium Park. It is considered a flat, fast course and is a qualifying opportunity for the Boston Marathon.[1]

The race director is Don Kern.[2]

The marathon utilizes "celebrity" pace teams, based on the times of famous people who had run marathons. The current pace teams include Oprah Winfrey (4:29), P. Diddy (4:14), Will Ferrell (3:56), George W. Bush (3:44), William Baldwin (3:24), and Pi (3:14).

Apart from the main event, there is also a kids marathon, 5K, 10K, half-marathon, marathon relay and fitness expo.

The course record of 2:26.41 was set by David Mart (Zeeland, Michigan) in 2013.[3]

The 2016 overall winner was Mike Camilleri (Howell, Michigan) with a time of 2:31:11. The 2016 female winner was Jessie Lair (Grand Rapids, Michigan), who achieved a time of 2:51:34. Also in 2016, Samuel Parlette (White Lake, Michigan) won the half-marathon with a time of 1:10:13, and Paige Bolt (Grand Rapids, Michigan) was the female winner with 1:19:59.[3]

The next running will be held on Sunday, October 15, 2017 and is expected to be a 6,000-person event.


  1. ^ a b Kern, Don. "GRMarathonFAQ". Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Kern, Don. "GRMarathonCommittee". Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Active Results". Retrieved 2013-10-29. 

External links

  • Official website
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