Grand Finale 5K 2019

Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 8pm

About this Event

  • Hosted by Campus Recreation, the GVSU Grand Finale 5K course is a flat, fast course that will show off the beauty of the Grand Valley Campus in the spring season. The GLOW event occurs on April 13 at 8:00pm. 
  • Includes medals for race winners, t-shirts for those who register timely, refreshments post race, music, and giveaways. Professional timing and immediate results provided by PrimeNRG.  
  • Partnering with several student organizations, participants also have the opportunity to support a student organization upon registration.


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 & Prizes

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

  • All participants are entered into a drawing to receive 1 of 2 grand prizes - High Sierra Piranha Backpack with 2L Hydration Pack! Value of $50.

Registration is open!


EARLY BIRD Registration
Deadline: March 31
The price will be $20/runner and guarantees a T-Shirt.

April 1 - April 12
The price will be $25/runner and does not guarantee a T-Shirt.

LATE/WALK UP Registration
April 13 until 7:30pm
The price will be $30/runner and does not guarantee a T-Shirt.


Packet Pick-Ups

Friday, April 12
4:30pm - 8pm
GVSU Campus Recreation Office within the Recreation Center

Saturday, April 13
6:30pm - 7:30pm 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. 


Student Organization Partners


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

Campus Recreation 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. 


Any submissions after March 29 are not guaranteed. Please contact Kayla Cupples at if after March 29, 2019.

*Please note that this is not a sign up to run the race. This registers your student organization to participate in fundraising and volunteering for the event only. Registration for the actual race is coming soon!


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


Camp Kesam

We are GVSU's chapter of a national non-profit organization, Camp Kesem, that aims to support children whose parents have been affected by cancer. The main way we do this is by providing a week-long summer camp, completely free of charge to the children and their families. We also support these children by organizing other activities throughout the year. Last year, our first as a chapter, we supported 30 children from West Michigan. We hope to increase our reach and support as many as 50 children this year, with a fundraising goal of $35,000 to do so.

Campus Activities Board

The Campus Activities Board is a student-run organizations that has programs that will build an inclusive community that appeal to the social, cultural, recreational, and evolving needs of the campus community. We strive to create memories that enhance every student's Laker Effect. Our events include spring concert, President's Ball, Siblings Weekend, Family Weekend, Last Laker Standing and more! We are fundraising for team building events, and funds to attend professional conferences that allow us to learn more about how to program to the campus.

GVSU Stars for Make a Wish

The Stars for Make-A-Wish Foundation club at Grand Valley offers the best three things that a club can offer. We fundraise for one of the world's best charities, hoping that our contribution can lead to a wish being granted to a child. We also volunteer, becoming active members of the community. Finally, we have fun participating in such a good cause.

Exercise Science Club

Exercise Science Club helps undergrad students who are Exercise Science majors to network and better understand what they can do with their future degree. We will be fundraising so we can attend informative conferences within the major. 

Kappa Delta Pi (KDP)

Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) is the GVSU chapter of the International Honor Society in Education.  We have required volunteer hours and have a very dedicated group of students. We did a candle fundraiser and are looking for more ways to fundraise for initiation, senior cords, and conferences.

National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA)

The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is a pre-professional organization for students who are studying communication sciences and disorders. Membership provides opportunities for students to interact with others who are also pursuing speech-language pathology and/or audiology, do volunteer work, and learn more about the profession through various activities and events.

April is Autism Awareness Month, so we will be raising funds for the Hope Network in Grand Rapids.

Pre-Med Club

GVSU's Pre-Med Club is an organization dedicated to fostering the success of students involved in pre-medical studies. Our club hosts regular meetings where guest speakers come and share their knowledge about the journey to becoming a doctor. Speakers include medical school admissions advisors, current medical students, and practicing physicians from various specialties. As a member, you can look forward to medical school tours, exclusive MCAT study resources and scholarships, volunteer opportunities, and the chance to get involved in undergraduate research with GVSU professors. We strive to educate and prepare our members to become the best possible medical school applicants!

Club Wrestling

GVSU Club Wrestling Team has been a staple of success in small college wrestling. The team has won EIGHT National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) Championships (5 Traditional Format and 3 Dual Format) since joining in the 2000-2001 season. In addition, 77 student-athletes have combined to earn 141 All-American awards including 17 wrestlers who won 23 Individual National Championships. The wrestling team competes not only against other club teams, but varsity programs as well. The Lakers fill their schedule with teams from NCAA D3 and NJCAA, such as Olivet College, Alma College, and Muskegon Community College.

Public Health Society

Public Health Society promotes the public health profession through education and professional development of students while working to improve the overall health of the community. Fundraising will be used for event planning and scholarships.


ChemoCare is a nonprofit, student organization that partners with schools, churches, and hospitals to inform people about cancer, and how those diagnosed with cancer deserve to be treated with the same love and attention as others. The members of our club work together to create colorful cloth bags, that are sent to hospitals to hide the nasty drugs that enter into patients' bodies. By partnering with Campus Recreation for the Grand Finale 5K, we plan to earn money to provide joy to the sick children around Michigan, as well as offer up a stress reliever to anyone willing to participate in creating one of our Chemo bags before or during the race.

Sponsors & Partners


We're seeking sponsors for this event. If you're interested in sponsoring, please contact

Delays & Cancellations

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. Runners will receive an email on how they can pick up their race packet.

View Campus Recreation's full Severe Weather Policies and Guidelines for more information. 


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.