GVSU Family Weekend 5K

Saturday, September 23 @ 9am, GVSU Allendale Campus

About This Event

  • 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. The event occurs on September 23 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 initiative.

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

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

Grand Finale 5K


EARLY BIRD Registration
Deadline: September 10
The price will be $15/runner and guarantees a T-Shirt.

September 11 - September 22
The price will be $20/runner and does not guarantee a T-Shirt after September 17.

LATE/WALK UP Registration
September 23 until 8:30am
The price will be $25/runner and does not guarantee a T-Shirt.


Friday, September 22 
5pm - 8pm
GVSU Campus Recreation Office within the Recreation Center

Saturday, September 23
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. The waiver can be found HERE

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


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

CLICK HERE to volunteer!

Student Organization Partners

African Student Council

African Student Council has been a fundamental part of the GVSU community for over 10 years. We are dedicated to fostering leadership and providing cultural activities, social networking, and community service towards the advancement of those of the African decent and all those interested in the African cultures. Through the support given by you and the several departments at GVSU, ASC has been able to provide culturally stimulating and engaging events. The major events during the school year serves the purpose of gathering those in the Grand Valley community and surrounding areas to amplify their knowledge of Africa and its people to solicit knowledge and appreciation to all who seek it. We push to maximize the cultural experience during our careers in this institution. With your help, our organization will continue progressing, entertaining, and educating as many eager minds as possible. Thank you for your support!

ANCHOR Community Council

The GVSU’s Honors Community Council, ANCHOR, is a student-led club that strives to promote inclusiveness and involvement during the college experience. We aim to make our honors college a home away from home for all of the hard-working students by offering an outlet to connect and grow with fellow students, expand opportunities, and discover the family that exists at GVSU. We plan service opportunities, weekly meetings with fun activities, and semester events such as our famous murder mystery dinner. ANCHOR is a wonderful way for students to become involved in the honors college and to make their college experience more fulfilling. Go Lakers!

Camp Kesem at GVSU

Camp Kesem is a nationwide community, driven by passionate college student leaders, that supports children through and beyond their parent's cancer. Camp Kesem operates over 70 free summer camps in 34 states for children ages 6 to 16 who have been touched by a parent's cancer (Camp Kesem Mission Statement). Grand Valley will have its first camp ever Summer 2018 and we are expecting to serve between 20 and 50 kids. We are hoping to continue to grow as a chapter, serving as many children as possible.


CHAARG is an organization centered around women´s health and fitness. It includes an uplifting community of women across the country and empowers everyone involved to achieve whatever goal they have set for themselves. The GVSU chapter is participating in the Grand Finish 5k to raise money for the Women´s Resource Center in Grand Rapids. This will aid and empower women in need of financial assistance by ¨improving workplace and economic opportunities for women in [job] transition by supporting their career and life goals.¨ The WRC provide a free business center for these women, monthly computer classes to help them build skills, various skill workshops (including resumé writing, personal financial management, interviewing, etc), as well as professional clothing to help women attain jobs.

Challenging Heights

Challenging Heights is an NGO based in the Central Region of Ghana that aims to reduce and prevent child trafficking and protect children’s rights in Ghana. Ghana is home to Lake Volta, one of the largest man-made lakes in the world. In the communities surrounding Lake Volta, child slavery is widespread as a result of severe poverty and the industry’s need for cheap or free labor. Thousands of children as young as five years old are forced into slavery and they work up to 17 hour days in relentlessly grueling conditions. Challenging Heights works to ensure every child’s access to education and freedom from forced labor in Ghana. Furthermore, Challenging Heights rescues children from modern day slavery in the fishing industry, offers rehabilitation services at a 65-bed shelter, enrolls students in school, and supports vulnerable mothers through various empowerment programs. By registering to run/ walk or to fundraise for Challenging Heights, you and your friends can help rescue, rehabilitate, educate, and empower vulnerable children and their communities in Ghana. Thank you for joining the effort to end child slavery!

College Diabetes Network

The College Diabetes Network (CDN) Chapter at GVSU is a student run organization that is dedicated to education, awareness, and promotion of Type 1 Diabetes. We are affiliated with The College Diabetes Network out of Boston, MA. Officially becoming a student organization just over a year ago. College life with Type 1 Diabetes can get complicated and overwhelming. Our organization is a resource whose sole focus is to help students as they navigate through the wonderful chaos of college. We connect Type 1 diabetics with local resources to help make day to day living with a chronic disease a little easier but we also provide education to students who have an interest in health or simply learning more about the disease. Our organization is closely connected to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) chapter of West Michigan. All proceeds will be donated to JDRF to further research and education for Type 1 Diabetes. 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.

Dodgeball Club

The GVSU Dodgeball Club is one of the oldest teams apart of the National Collegiate Dodgeball Association (NCDA). Since its inception in 2005, the GV Dodgeball team has been one of the most successful teams in the nation holding 8 National Championship wins. The team is currently on a four-year National Championship win streak, ranked number one in the nation, and is hoping to claim a fifth-year National Championship win with Nationals coming up in April. The GV Dodgeball team is proud to be a part of the Laker Tradition and is always looking for ways to give back to the community. The Grand Valley Dodgeball Team wants to thank the many supporters and fans for the countless help and contributions throughout the years and wishes to convey sincere gratuity, for we would not exist without you. Thank you!

Laker Traditions

Laker Traditions is a group that organizes and plans 10 of the biggest events on campus each year. Each event offers something different so that there is something for everyone's interest - whether it is enjoying a Laker weekend with your family during Family Weekend or dancing the night away with 4,500 students at Presidents' Ball. Laker Traditions strives to foster community at GVSU and works to help students develop an affinity with the University. One of the many events Laker Traditions plans is the annual Battle of the Valleys (BOV) charity competition. All proceeds raised from the 5K will help this fundraiser, which goes to the Laker Children's Fund. The Laker Children's Fund is primarily coordinated by students and other campus partners, and awards mini grants of up to $5,000 to organizations in the Kent and Ottawa County communities that specialize in childhood growth and wellbeing.

Men's Volleyball Club

The Laker Men’s Volleyball program is one of the oldest club sports programs on campus, entering its third decade of providing high-level competitive volleyball, leadership, and service opportunities for young men in West Michigan. Our top team competes regionally as a Division I program as a member of the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA), a league spanning eight states, 40 colleges and universities, and four conferences. The Lakers have reached the Greater Midwest Men’s Volleyball Conference (GMMVC) championship eight times since joining the league in 2003, winning the title four times, and are the current defending champions. Since the state of Michigan does not offer boy’s volleyball in high school, athletes on campus join our program intending to learn a brand new sport from the ground up, work hard to develop skills in one of the most technically demanding sports, and reach a high level of execution to be competitive — a very difficult task that teaches important life lessons as they prepare to impact the world. The Laker Men’s Volleyball program has earned respect around the region and nation as a strong, consistent squad (the only NCAA Division II institution to be consistently nationally ranked each year) with alumni reaching the highest echelons of the sport, from All-America honorees to Olympic referees in Rio to professional indoor and beach players. The Lakers hope to defend their GMMVC championship this season by going back-to-back for the second time in program history. Thank you for your continued support!

National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA)

The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is an professional organization of students studying speech-language pathology or audiology. We meet once monthly, and spend other time volunteering or holding fundraisers in the community.  This year, we will be entering a team in the Grand Valley's annual 5K to fundraise for SmileTrain. This fantastic organization trains local doctors in developing countries to provide cleft lip/palate repairs for those in the region. Left untreated, these conditions cause feeding issues, ear infections, speech impediments, and dental issues. In addition to the surgery, SmileTrain provides children with post-operative resources such as speech therapy and dental services. This cause is very intertwined with speech pathology and audiology. As professionals, we will see patients with these challenges. Ensuring the continuation of this charity is of utmost importance and can help change the lives of countless children around the world. We care a lot about this organization and hope you will join us in helping SmileTrain! 

Physical Education (PE) Club

GV's Physical Education Club is a club geared to aide PE and health education majors and minors. Together we travel to state and national conferences, where many of our club members present and are on leadership boards. We work on lesson plans together and talk about ways to advocate for our future students and their needs. GV PE Club is a movement loving, happy group and we welcome new members at any time!

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!

Pre-Professional Council

The Pre-Professional Council is comprised of representatives from the executive boards of health-related Pre-Professional Clubs, including Pre-Chiropractic Club, Pre-Dental Club, Pre-MD/PhD, Pre-Med Club, Pre-Optometry, Pre-PA Club, Pre-Pharmacy Club, Pre-Podiatry, Pre-PT Club, Pre-SOMA, and Pre-Veterinary Club. The Council provides a way for the Pre-Professional Club E-Boards to communicate with one another, participate in leadership development, and collaboratively plan co-sponsored events.

RPC Student Society

RPC stands for Richard Paul Clodfelder, who was the first medical director of Grand Valley's Physician Assistant Studies (PAS) program. RPC is the official organization for PAS students at Grand Valley. The purpose of RPC is to promote academic achievement, clinical excellence, and the physician assistant as a member for the health care delivery team. The students of the RPC Student Society realize that through formal organization, we can benefit ourselves, our program, and our community. RPC is a registered student society with the Student Academy of the AAPA and is represented in the Assembly of Representatives at the annual IMPACT conference.

RPC puts together events that benefit PA students and the PA program at Grand Valley State University, as well as events that benefit the community. RPC raises money for Oasis of Hope, which is located in downtown Grand Rapids, and provides healthcare to low income and uninsured individuals of our community. Physicians, PAs, NPs and medical assistants volunteer their time and expertise to offer healthcare to those in need. Their organization runs solely on donations. RPC also organizes a White Coat Ceremony for students entering the clinical phase of education and a special graduation ceremony for students graduating from the program.

Strength Club

Strength Club is a club sport at GVSU founded in 2013. Our members compete in powerlifting, CrossFit, or weightlifting. In 2014 our club won the title of "Fittest Campus" in the United States and were runners up in 2015. Our members who do CrossFit look to continue our success that we have had in competitions in the past. Our new powerlifters are looking to make a name for themselves this year and in years to come. Our weightlifters are qualifying for national competitions in both open and collegiate age divisions. The members of strength club look to enhance the lives of others by promoting fitness to the communities we interact with. We thank you for your continued support!


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We're looking for sponsors for this event. If you're interested in being a sponsor, please contact the Campus Recreation Office by emailing rec@gvsu.edu.

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