Frequently Asked Questions

How can I become a member of the Grand Rapids Running Club?

Click on the Join link at the top of the webpage. You will be able to print off a membership form that you can fill out and mail in.

 

Do I have to be a member of the Grand Rapids Running Club to participate in GRRC events?

No. Our events are open to the public. However, membership in the GRRC does provide some benefits. It entitles you to 10% off any regularly priced merchandise at Strider’s Running Store in Grandville and Running Circles in Grand Haven. Also, as a GRRC member you can run any of our club races for the discounted membership price.

 

When and where does the running club meet for group training runs?

We meet every Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 a.m. at John Ball Zoo near the zoo entrance. We also meet on Wednesday nights at 5:30 p.m. at Johnson Park in Grandville.

 

I don’t run fast or far. Can I still join in the training runs?

Yes. We have a wide range of running talent in our club. The paces vary from 6 minutes per mile to 12 minutes per mile. The distances also vary from 1 or 2 miles to 20 miles. We have walkers, joggers and racers. There is something for everyone. No matter your pace, this is your place.

Do you run all year around?

Yes.

How many miles does the group run?

The distances vary depending on personal training goals. We have folks who run only 2-3 miles and others who run 20. On Wednesday nights there is a 6.5 mile out and back course, but you can run all or part of that course.

 

Do I have to call anyone before coming down?

No. Just come on down.

 

Where can I get proper running gear?

Gazelle Sports – Grand Rapids
Striders in Grandville & EGR
Running Circles in Grand Haven

Do you offer any training programs?

Yes. We have a Mentor Program designed for new runners who want to train for and complete the Fifth Third River Bank Run 25K in May. This program starts on the first Saturday of January at 8:00 a.m. at John Ball Zoo and continues through the date of the River Bank Run. Even if you do not have an interest in training for the River Bank Run, it is an excellent program for new runners to get acquainted with other runners and to gain experience and knowledge about the sport. Some have continued past the River Bank Run to complete their first marathon. This program is free of charge.

We also partner with Gazelle Sports for many training programs of different distances.

 

Are there any running trails in the area?

Yes.

Kent Trails – 15 mile rail trail in Kent County that runs through the cities of Grand Rapids, Grandville, Walker, Wyoming and Byron Township and is part of a network of trails in and around Grand Rapids.
Yankee Springs – Take 131 South to the Yankee Springs exit, follow the signs.
Aman Park  0-1859 Lake Michigan Drive NW Grand Rapids MI 49534 – located 6 miles west of Grand Rapids on Lake Michigan Drive. Amen park is located on the north side of the road.
Fallasburg Park 1124 Fallasburg Road  Lowell, MI 49331 Park activities and facilities include: baseball diamonds, fishing, hiking, nature trails, an open shelter house, picnicking, playgrounds, an enclosed shelter house, and restrooms.
Blandford Nature Center -1715 Hillburn Ave NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504  –  located off Leonard Street on the northwest side of Grand Rapids.
Millennium Park -1415 Maynard Ave SW Walker, MI 49534-7022 – The Fred Meijer Millennium Trail Network connects with Kent Trails and City of Grand Rapids trail along Wealthy Street SW for easy access to Millennium Park.
Plaster Creek Trail -The Plaster Creek Trail is a nice nature trail that winds next to Plaster Creek in Grand Rapids. Riverside Park
Luton Park – 6125 Kies Street Rockford, MI 49341 – Luton Park is a family friendly multi-use Park. The Park encompasses 264 acres, with 9.7 miles of interconnected trails.

 

I’m visiting from out of town and I would like to get in a training run with other runners. Where can I go?

We meet every Saturday and Sunday morning at John Ball Zoo at 8:00 a.m. We also meet every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Johnson Park

 

Where is John Ball Park Zoo?

John Ball Park Zoo is located on Grand Rapids west side at Fulton and Valley. To get there, take 196 to the Lane Avenue Exit. Head South on Lane to Fulton Street. Turn West (right) onto Fulton to the zoo. Park near the zoo entrance.

 

Where is Johnson Park?

Johnson Park is located at Butterworth and Wilson in Grandville. To get there, take 196 to the Grandville Exit. Head North on Wilson. At the 2nd stoplight (Butterworth) turn right. The main parking lot is located about 1/3 mile down on the left.