Packet Pickup and late registration will be at Legacy Christian School located at 67 – 68th St SW, Grand Rapids MI 49548
We are happy to return to the roads in 2021, so come run with three time Olympian Brian Diemer on our new, flat and fast 5k course. Don't forget - if you beat Brian, you win a donut! This year we are celebrating the 31st Anniversary of the Brian Diemer Family of Races and are excited to share this event has become its own 501c3 non-profit.
We have worked out plans with guidance from the Kent County Health Department and Metro Health Sports Medicine that are designed to provide you with a safe experience. We are excited to provide our community with an in-person race experience. Be sure to read our plans below before you register.
We will have outdoor, social distanced packet pick-up and registration at Legacy Christian School's soccer field. To keep everyone spread out, participants will be registering to participate in time blocks of 10 minutes. Currently, 250 people are allowed per time block; however, as Covid-19 conditions approve, we hope to add additional capacity in the waves as deemed safe by the Kent County Health Department and Metro Health Sports Medicine. We will be using chip timing, allowing participants to compete against the entire field of participants, not just those who are in their wave. Our start and finish lines are in a common spot but are staged on a five lane road that will allow us to keep starting athletes and finishing athletes socially distanced from each other. Start corrals will be spread out by paces and finishing athletes will be led directly out of the area to keep them spread out. We ask that masks be worn at the start and finish lines or any time you are not running. Water stations will be self serve. Post race refreshments will be pre-packaged grab and go set up.
We are offering a virtual option for those who are not able to participate in person, make sure to select "view all" and scroll all the way down to locate it as a registration option. Virtual participants will not be eligible for awards but will receive their race shirts and bibs.
The t-shirt order will be placed on May 30, so make sure you register in time to guarantee your race shirt. Athletes registering after May 30 will not be guaranteed a race shirt, but can come on race day to have a chance to get a shirt on a first come, first serve basis.
The Junior Jog and Steeplechase will be held on the Legacy Christian School's soccer field as always, but this year we will have a rolling start beginning at 10:30 am. There will be a staging area and we will start smaller groups in waves. We will also have a separate start and finish line, outdoor registration area, and grab and go snacks.
We are not planning on having our Brian's Band Battle or prize money at this point. We made these changes so that we can have enough resources to put on this event and support our charity partners. Our goals in this event are to provide a great experience for our community of runners, as well as support the charities that are near and dear to our heart. As sponsors come in and as participants sign up, we will review our status in hopes to add back some of these perks from years past. Stay tuned!
If you want to start in the Elite Heat and plan to run 19 minutes or faster for the 5k, you can register for any of the start heats and then contact Rob Hyde at [email protected] . Space will be limited so first come, first serve.
There is still time to sponsor the 2021 race! Contact Us today!
In the event of severe weather, we will delay and still hold the event safely if possible. Then resume given we have time before roads need to be open to traffic again at 10:30 am. We will cancel our event if severe weather threatens the safety of our participants and it is clear delaying is not an option; sorry-no refunds.
If Covid-19 conditions are at an unsafe level we will also cancel the live 2021 event. No deferrals, but we will make the event virtual. Again, our plan is to put on a live event and we will doing everything we can to make sure this happens.