Grand Finale 5K 2019

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, April 13, 2019 @ 8pm

This annual event will take place at the GVSU Allendale Campus, and will be a Glow Run this year! More information and details to come. 

2018 Event Recap

About this Event

  • Hosted by Campus Recreation, the GVSU Grand Finale 5K run/walk course is a flat, fast course that will show off the beauty of the Grand Valley Campus in the spring season. The event occurs on April 14 with a start of 9am. GVSU Campus Recreation is the event organizer with partnership from a variety of GVSU student organizations and clubs. This race will have professional timing and immediate results provided by PrimeNRG. 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, Campus Recreation is providing you the opportunity to support a student organization. When you register, select one of the organizations below to donate a portion of your registration to support their student organization's initiatives.

Register for the Grand Finale 5K before April 1 to receive a t-shirt!


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.

  • Participants who run in their cap & gown 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 now open!


EARLY BIRD Registration
Deadline: April 1
The price will be $15/runner and guarantees a T-Shirt.

April 2 - April 13
The price will be $20/runner and does not guarantee a T-Shirt.

LATE/WALK UP Registration
April 14 until 8:30am
The price will be $25/runner and does not guarantee a T-Shirt.


Packet Pick-Ups

Friday, April 13
5pm - 8pm
GVSU Campus Recreation Office within the Recreation Center

Saturday, April 14
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. 


Student Organization Partners


Is your student organization planning to host a 5K during the Winter 2018 semester? This is a great opportunity to fund raise and be part of a new campus tradition! 

Registration is closed! 


*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. 

Register to volunteer!

Circle K International

Circle K is the largest student-led, international service organization dedicated to making a difference at the local, state, national, and international level. Our club is focused on three tenets: service, leadership, and fellowship. Service organizations we partner with include UNICEF, March of Dimes, STUFH, Better World Books, and St. Baldrick’s. We also volunteer on campus during Transitions Week, Campus Life Night, Family Weekend, Sibs and Kids Weekend, and the MLK Day of Service. This year we are partnering with the Grand Finale 5K to support our Relay for Life team and the American Cancer Society. All proceeds from this race will help to “save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.” Thank you for your support!

Dance Marathon

Dance Marathon is a nationwide movement where colleges raise money for kids in local Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Grand Valley Dance Marathon joined this movement last year, raising over $18,000 and this year we are looking to flourish even further. Our year-long movement culminates with a 12 hour event called LakerThon, which takes place in March. There, we stand on our feet for 12 hours in support of the children who are treated at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids. Our organization strives to create a future for the sick kiddos in our community by fundraising and raising awareness. We desire to bring help, happiness and health to the children at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital. GVSU Dance Marathon would like to extend a special thank you to those who have supported us in the past and to those who will support us in the future. The children whose lives you are saving appreciate you immensely.

GVSU Stars for Make A Wish

GVSU Stars for Make A Wish partners with Make A Wish Michigan to help raise funds, grant wishes, and spread awareness about children with terminal illnesses. We are a small but growing organization on Grand Valley States campus and looking to grow as the years go by. Our main goal is to raise enough money each school year to help a child get the wish of their dreams.

Men’s Club Soccer

GVSU Men’s Club Soccer is an organization dedicated to teaching young men teamwork, loyalty, and respect. For 15 years coach Jeff Crooks has based his coaching style off of these aspects, and has improved the college experience for hundreds of athletes attending Grand Valley State University. For many, this team is the last chance to enjoy competitive soccer. Unlike varsity sports, players must pay to be apart of the team, and with costs increasing, the money will help athletes on the team who fear they may not be able to continue their careers. The donations will go towards newer and safer equipment, long distance travel fees, and referee costs. Any amount is greatly appreciated, and we hope to see you in the bleachers next fall.

Pre-Med Club

Pre-Med Club is dedicated to promoting the success of students involved in pre-medical studies at Grand Valley. Our organization serves as a valuable resource for students looking to learn more about different careers in medicine and how they can reach their career goals. We host regular meetings and events throughout the year with the purpose of preparing students for medical school and making them the best possible medical school applicants. Above all else, our members find that Pre-Med Club is an excellent medium to meet and connect with students alike who are dedicated to serving their communities. All proceeds from this 5k will help the American Cancer Society fund cancer research and support cancer patients. On behalf of Pre-Med Club and everyone who’s been impacted by cancer, thank you for your support!

Public Health Society (PHS)

Grand Valleys State University’s Public Health Society (PHS) promotes the public health profession through education and professional development of GVSU students, while working to improve the overall health of the GVSU community. PHS partners and volunteers with members of our community in various ways. We partner with Well House in Grand Rapids, who provides safe, affordable housing to the homeless, using the housing first model. In addition, we have partnered with the YMCA downtown to wash and donate unclaimed lost and found items to community organizations in need. This past year we have also created and donated sanitary packages for Hurricane Harvey survivors in Texas. Currently our organization is fundraising for the American Public Health Association conference in November, which will allow our members to learn more about Public Health and how they can make a difference in the GVSU and Grand Rapids communities.

Student Nurses’ Association (SNA)

GVSU’s Student Nurses’ Association (SNA) offers nursing students the opportunity to volunteer in the community, learn about the nursing career, and allow leadership growth.  We are passionate in helping nursing students to cultivate a professional identity to prepare for their career as a licensed nurse. Each student who is a member of our local SNA also has membership with the National Student Nurses’ Association and the Michigan Nursing Student Association.  Part of our fundraising goes toward providing scholarship opportunities to assist students in paying for the dues that coincide with memberships to the state and national associations. SNA also encourages nursing students to attend the annual conventions hosted at the state and national level.  At these conventions, students will learn about the career of nursing, while interacting with leaders and fellow students from around the country.  Our organization also raises funds to help send students to these annual conventions and further their professional growth as student nurses. We appreciate any support in helping to further the careers of our future nurses!

Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM)

Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) is raising money for The HOPE Project, which provides affordable education, medical care, and clean water to students in Liberia while recovering from a civil war. The most common ailments in Liberia are related to dehydration, malnutrition, or women’s health; however, malaria, yellow fever, and typhoid are not uncommon. UAEM is a global network of university students who believe that our universities have an opportunity and a responsibility to improve global access to public health education, medication, and materials. We work to promote medical innovation in the public interest and ensuring that all people, regardless of income, have access to essential medicines and other health-related technologies. Together we can truly make an impact in creating healthier living conditions for these children in Liberia. 

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. 

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. 

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