Race Weekend Guide

Here is your guide to race weekend. We will continually be updating the information to help you have a great experience, but if you don't see something you are looking for, email us at lmcubridgerun@gmail.com

Packet Pickup

Friday (9/17): 4:00pm to 6:30pm
Lake Michigan Credit Union Branch Office (5701 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546)

Saturday (9/18): 1pm to 3:30pm
Start/Finish area (731 Front Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504)

Sunday RACE DAY (9/19): 6:30am to 7:45am 
Start/Finish area (731 Front Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504)

Show your Bridge Run bib between Friday, 9/17 & Friday 9/24 at the Gazelle Sports Grand Rapids location and receive 10% off your purchase!

*If you are a virtual participant, your packets will be mailed to you. We plan to put them in the mail on Saturday, 9/18.
**Someone else CAN pickup your bib, they simply just need to know your first & last name.

Parking

Remember, our venue this year is just west of the 6th Street Bridge (use  731 Front Ave NW, Grand Rapids, 49504 in your GPS for our physical location).

Street parking (unless noted by a sign) is FREE on Sundays and there is plenty of it in this section of the city that is within an easy walking distance to our start/finish area (roughly .25 miles). We recommend anything east of the Grand River (as our start/finish area will get congested) or north of 6th Street if you plan to park on the west side of the Grand River.

The City of Grand Rapids also has this parking map available. On the map, the 601 Ottawa Lot, DeVos Place parking ramp, Government Center Ramp, & Scribner Lot are all good options that range from .25 to .5 miles from the start area and would allow you to easily leave without having to wait for the race to conclude. The ramps are fee-based, but the surface parking lots owned by the City should be free.

The Route

You can view the map of our routes by clicking on the distance, 5K| 10 Mile

There is no need to memorize the route. It will be marked and lead by cyclists and guided by course marshalls. We will have aid stations at the Ford Museum (roughly 1.25 and 2.25 miles), on Monroe at miles 4 & 9 (Mile 4 will have the Gu), and in Riverside Park at roughly miles 5.5 & 7.5. All aid stations will have water and Gatorade. 

Race Day Timeline

  • 6:30 am: Packet Pickup Starts
  • 7:00 am: Gear Check Opens
  • 7:50 am: Opening Ceremonies Start
  • 7:55 am; National Anthem
  • 8:00 am: Start of the 5K & 10 Mile (combined start)
  • 9:00 am: 5K Award Ceremony
  • 10:00 am: 10 Mile Award Ceremony 

Covid Considerations

We recognize that our community, volunteers, and participants all have varying comfort levels when it comes to events and Covid-19. To keep our community healthy, here are some of the changes you will see in place this year or things you might want to consider implementing yourself.

  • Masks are optional for all volunteers & participants.
  • We will have aid stations and have asked volunteers to wear gloves, but feel free to bring your own water.
  • Our race is chip timed. While we will not have a rolling start, if you do not feel comfortable in a large crowd, consider waiting for the starting area to clear before you start. Your time will start when you cross the starting line.
  • Grab & go medals and food that will be individually packaged.
  • Fewer vendor tents in the start-finish area to minimize gatherings.
  • Where possible, less paper or surfaces that multiple people will interact with. The back of your bib will have a QR code that you can scan with your phone to immediately take you to the official results. You can use your phone or a computer to register ahead of time and look your bib numbers up.
  • When possible, open-air outdoor spaces. This means for packet pickup, as long as the weather cooperates, everything will be outside.
  • Virtual participation option. If you are uncomfortable being with us Bridge Run morning, feel free to switch to this option. 
  • Gear check will be "self serve" this year. As in other years, we recommend that you do not leave with us anything of value and either run with items like your cellphone or leave them in your car.
  • Asking people who are ill or believe that they have been exposed to switch to the virtual option. We recognize that many of our participants have other races or plans in the fall that they want to stay healthy for. 

Thank you for your cooperation as we all navigate the "new normal".

How Do the Virtual Events Work?

We have been providing this option since 2017 as a way participants can keep the Bridge Run tradition alive, even if they aren't able to join us on race day. The first rule of participating in a virtual event is to make it fun! After that, there are no rules. We will be sending out your shirt & medal on the Saturday of race weekend, there is no need to pick it up. You can run your Bridge Run when and where works best for you, just remember to HAVE FUN. If you want to post your time and/or a picture to the website, you can. However, this is not required. 

2021 Participant Shirt & Finisher Medals

Everyone who registered before September 1 will receive a shirt! Anyone who registered after that date is subject to the remaining sizes we have left (we did order extra). If you were able to select the size you wanted when you registered, there is a good chance we will have this size for you at any of the packet pickup options.

 

 

 

Gear Check

This year our gear check area will be self-serve. We will have bags & bins to put your items in. As with other years, we recommend you do not leave anything of value with us. We recommend you either run with items like your phone or leave them in the car.

ArtPrize

ArtPrize started on Wednesday, which means you will have an opportunity to see many of the outdoor pieces as you participate on Sunday, but also plan to stay downtown on Saturday after you pick up your bib or on Sunday after the race. You can see all of their installations at https://www.artprize.org/

FAQs

Are strollers allowed?
Yes. We love seeing families and the next generation of track stars out and active together. We just ask when pushing a stroller you are aware of your surroundings and other runners.

Do I need to register my child?
Only if you would like them to have an official time, shirt, & medal. Otherwise, they are free to ride along in the stroller. 

What does the Bridge Run support?
The Bridge Run's first goal is to provide our participants with a great race day experience while helping get the community out & active. The Bridge Run is owned and operated by RunGR, which is a running club in Grand Rapids. Profits from the Bridge Run help fund RunGR's operations. Additionally, for the last several years we have been able to donate over $10,000 to local school groups (who volunteer) and non-profits who focus on helping get people out and active. Namely, No Surrender Running Club & myTeam Triumph. Both of which you will see on race day. We work hard to balance keeping the participant prices low, while providing everyone a great experience.

Can someone pick my bib up for me?
Yes! They simply need to know your first & last name.

Will you have merchandise for sale on race day?
No, but you can purchase the items from our store and we will pay for the shipping!
https://www.thebridgerun.com/Race/Store/MI/GrandRapids/theBridgeRun

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