Family Weekend 5K 2020

Saturday, September 19 @ 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.


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 will be open soon!


EARLY BIRD Registration
Deadline: September 3
$20/runner and guarantees a T-Shirt 

September 4 - September 18
$25/runner and does not guarantee a T-Shirt

LATE/WALK UP Registration
September 19 until 8:30am
$30/runner and does not guarantee a T-Shirt


Friday, September 18
4:30pm - 8pm
GVSU Recreation & Wellness Office within the Recreation Center

Saturday, September 19
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


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. 



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


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.