Additional Location Information

Blandford Nature Center 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW  Grand Rapids, MI  49504(MAP)

Race Information

The race will have a time-trial type set up which will allow runners to start individually or in small groups of associated participants (family members or participants that live together) during designated times between 6:15- 6:45 PM.

While registering, participants will be asked to select a 15 minute starting time slot.  Participants will begin their race during the selected time slot.  There is a limit starting positions available for each starting time slot and they are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  In order to maintain safe distancing and traffic control on the racecourse, participants must start during their selected starting time slot.  If a particular starting time is not available it means it has reached the maximum number of participants for that time slot.

Race Day Information

  • Schedule for Sept 18th, 2020
  • 4:45pm – Start Arriving
  • 5:30pm – Live Music and Freshly Grilled Food and Beverage available.
  • 5:45pm – Kids Run (approx. ½ mile run)
  • 6:15pm – 5k Trail Run  (since there are over 200 runners we will have a staggered start.)
  • 7:30pm – Awards Presentation
  • 9:00pm – Last Call
  • 9:30pm – End of the Evening.


We will be gathering at the Milo St. NW entrance ( 3143 Milo St. ) by the barn.  There is no parking lot.  We strongly encourage you to use the free shuttle that originates at Westview Church at 2929 Leonard NW.  Shuttles will be running at about 10-minute intervals and start at 5:00 pm.

The Course

Since we have had a lot of rain this Spring, there are areas of the trail where you may encounter some muddy conditions.  Please be aware that this is a trail run and there are also some trip hazards like tree roots and small stumps.  We have done our best to mark these but please be aware.

About This Event

Welcome to the 8th Annual West Side Longest Day 5k Trail Run/Walk.  The Race and Walk will be held on the trails of Blandford Nature Center.  This family-friendly event will also feature fresh food and live entertainment to help kick off the summer season.

Race Finish

When you finish the race be sure that you receive your commemorative glass and food/beverage tickets.  If you are 21 years of age or older you will receive a yellow wristband and a yellow beverage ticket for a free beer from DeHop’s Brewery.

Packet Pick Up and Late Registration

Packet pickup the day before the race at West Side Christian School 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. 955 Westend NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504


Awards will be given at the end of the race

The 5K trail course will be throughout Blandford Nature Center. Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW  Grand Rapids, MI  49504