Family Weekend 5K 2019

Thank you so much for everyone who participated in the 2019 GVSU Family Weekend 5K and came out to support Recreation & Wellness and various student organizations; we had a great morning (and beautiful weather)! 

2019 GVSU Family Weekend 5K RESULTS 

Saturday, October 5 @ 9am, GVSU Allendale Campus

About This Event

Hosted by Recreation & Wellness, the GVSU Family Weekend 5K run/walk course is a flat, fast course that will show off the beauty of the Grand Valley Campus in the fall season. GVSU Recreation & Wellness is the event organizer with partnership from a variety of GVSU student organizations and clubs. This race will have professional timing and immediate results. We also will have medals for race winners, t-shirts for those who register timely, refreshments post race, music, and giveaways.  

Partnering with several student organizations, Recreation & Wellness is providing you the opportunity to support a student organization. When you register, enter the student organizations' code and a portion of your registration will support the student organization's initiatives.

GVSU Family Weekend 5K 2019 Logo


Men's, Women's, and All-Gender. 

  • Men’s 14 & Under, Men’s 15-19, Men’s 20-29, Men’s 30-39, Men’s 40-49, Men’s 50-59, Men’s 60-69, Men’s 70 & Over.

  • Women’s 14 & Under, Women’s 15-19, Women’s 20-29, Women’s 30-39, Women’s 40-49, Women’s 50-59, Women’s 60-69, Women’s 70 & Over.

  • All-Gender 14 & Under, All-Gender 15-19, All-Gender 20-29, All-Gender 30-39, All-Gender 40-49, All-Gender 50-59, All-Gender 60-69, All-Gender 70 & Over.

Medals and Prizes

  • Medals will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each division.

  • Participants will be automatically entered into a drawing to a grand prize - High Sierra Piranha Backpack with 2L Hydration Pack! Value of $50.

Registration is now open!


EARLY BIRD Registration
Deadline: September 13
$20/runner and guarantees a T-Shirt 

September 14 - October 4
$25/runner and does not guarantee a T-Shirt

LATE/WALK UP Registration
October 5 until 8:30am
$30/runner and does not guarantee a T-Shirt

Register now!


Friday, October 4
4:30pm - 8pm
GVSU Recreation & Wellness Office within the Recreation Center

Saturday, October 5
7:30am - 8:30am Late Registration/Packet Pickup @ Kirkhof Center Lobby

*IMPORTANT: Packets cannot be picked up without returning a completed waiver.


Waivers MUST be completed for all participants.

Packets will not be distributed to any participants whose waiver has not been completed and returned. 

Download the waiver

Student Organization Partners

Laker Dance Team

The Laker Dance Team performs at all home Football and Basketball games. Throughout the season we do various fundraisers in order to go to the Dance Team Union College Classic in Las Vegas in April.

Phi Alpha-Chi Epsilon

Phi Alpha Chi Epsilon Chapter is GVSU's School of Social Work Honor Society. We aim to celebrate academic achievement and promote connections among students. We are fundraising to provide quality Phi Alpha Events for our members!

Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.

As strong collegiate women, GVSU's Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. strives to make an impact on ourselves and the community. We believe that we are more than just members, but truly sisters that have come together for an everlasting sisterhood. We aspire to live our daily lives through our seven virtues: loyalty, honesty, respect, dedication, integrity, discipline, and academic excellence. By doing this, we seek to eradicate Asian stereotypes and set an example for others in our community. Fundraising plans are to donate all profits to Alternatives For Girls (AFG). AFG is a southwest Detroit-based nonprofit organization. They serve homeless and at-risk girls and young women through shelter, prevention, and outreach.

Student Environmental Coalition

The Student Environmental Coalition is centralized on educating students and encouraging them to lead a more sustainable lifestyle. We strive to make a difference in the Grand Valley and Greater Grand Rapids communities by fostering an appreciation and respect for the environment. We participate in local volunteering events, conduct campus cleanups, and host eco-friendly workshops. Any funds received will be utilized to assist in more volunteering events, educational workshops, and our participation with a close nonprofit, Turning Green.

GVSU Women in Business

Grand Valley State Women in Business (WIB) is an undergraduate student organization (for all majors and genders) founded to empower and enable women to reach their fullest potential through the expansion of professional and personal opportunities, with a focus on business, leadership, and female celebration and innovation. Our fundraising plans include raising money through community engagement and social events.

Dance Marathon

Miracle Network Dance Marathon is a non-profit organization that raises money for over 170 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals across the nation. At GVSU, we raise money for our local hospital, Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids. At the end of the year, we host a celebration of our fundraising at a 12 hour event involving miracle families, dancers, and committee members.


CHAARG (Changing Health Attitudes and Actions to Recreate Girls) aims to ignite a passion in college-aged girls for health + fitness. We are an all women's health and fitness organization on campus. We are raising funds to support our chapters' needs and plan to use our funds to host socials for our members. 


ChemoCare works to educate kids in the Grand Rapids community about cancer and provides a way for them to give back. We are fundraising for supplies to create IV bag covers that are delivered to hospitals.


NSSLHA (National Student Speech Language Hearing Association) is the organization on campus for students interested in SLP and Audiology. The organization is a great resource for learning more about our profession, hearing from guest speakers about their experiences with SLP/Aud, attending conferences, participating in group volunteer opportunities, etc. We are interested in raising funds for our club's general fund, used to afford group volunteer partnerships with other on-campus organizations such as Fleece and Thank You as well as food for our meetings. We are also raising funds to attend the annual ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association) conference in November.

Stars for Make-A-Wish

We are a student organization with the main goal of fundraising for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan. We do this by hosting fundraisers throughout the community. We also participate in other community events. 


Your student organization can partner with Recreation & Wellness for this event, which is a great opportunity to raise funds for your student organization or a cause of your choice.

Recreation & Wellness will organize professional timing system, race results, medals, t-shirts, athletic trainer, marketing materials, course maps, and other race needs. Student organizations are responsible for volunteering on race day and promoting the event. In turn, when participants select your student organization upon registration, your student organization will receive a portion of the proceeds. 

Sign up to participate as a student organization!


This event would not be possible without the help of our gracious volunteers! Volunteer opportunities range based on your interest level. 

Sign up to volunteer!

Sponsors & Partners

We are so grateful for your partnerships, as this event would not be possible without you. Thank you for supporting our programs, services, and most importantly - our students! We're seeking sponsors for this event. If you're interested in sponsoring, please contact


If weather conditions present a danger to participants, Race officials maintain the right to cancel or delay the event. Examples that could alter the event: tornado warning, tornado watch, or thunderstorm. Less threatening conditions may cause alterations of the event or the post event awards to ensure participant, volunteer, and community safety. 

Such conditions will not result in refunding of any race fees or future credit since funds were already spent in preparation for the race day. 

If the event is cancelled, runners will receive an email on how they can pick up their race packet.


This policy is intended to enhance the safety and health of students, faculty, staff, contractors, vendors and other visitors, and to supplement the existing GVSU policies, by providing rules and regulations regarding the presence of animals in GVSU facilities. 

No person shall bring any animal(s) onto University owned or controlled property unless otherwise permitted by this or other University policy as in the GVSU policy

For more information, visit the GVSU Policy webpage or contact Disability Support Resources directly.