Welcome to the 12th annual Winter Blast Run! The Winter Blast 5K run kick off the racing season in West Michigan and in 2013 and AGAIN for 2021 our race was selected as the lead race in the Michigan Runner of the Year Series. The 5K is a flat and accurate with all 3 miles visibly marked. We have had competitive fields including Michigan Runner of Year winners Kris Koster, Nick Stanko, Wanda Handlin, Rob Hyde, as well as Olympic Trials Marathon qualifier Katie Jazwinski. If you are looking for a race that covers all the little details the Winter Blast is for you. With over 50 volunteers it is known as a “race for runners put on by runners”.
We are glad to be able to offer our race again and will do so following suggestions created in cooperation with the Kent County Health Department to ensure a safe race for all - runners and volunteers. For 2021 the race will be held in March in stead of our usual warm February day! We also will not have the normal indoor finish and Winter Flurry 1K Kids run as in past years for social distancing reasons. Look for the return of both in 2022!
Wave Starts - waves of up to 10 runners to start within a 2:00 window. Select a wave and start with your friends! 1st 4 Waves are for Men sub 17:30 (10 spots) & women sub 21:30 (10 spots). 1st wave starts at 9:00 AM, last wave to start at 10:30 AM. (Race director may adjust wave sizes / numbers as we get closer to race day )
Masks will be required at all times other than when running.
A few changes for 2021 related to Covid: (We will hopefully continue to offer these in future races)
- Finisher Medals to all runners - pick up off table at finish. (2021 only).
- Overall & Masters Awards - please sign up for an earlier wave (corral).
- Age Division - no medals for 2021 to help ensure no post race gathering
- Raffle Prizes - none for 2021.
- Post Race Food - water only in bottles at finish line.
- Aid Station - none for 2021 - please bring your own water for before and during the race.
- Outdoor Finish - we will hopefully return to our fun indoor finish in future years.
- Results will be posted live.
- Restrooms - portajons will be near the starting line.
Check out our race on Facebook or Twitter @WinterBlast5k and help and promote our event!
Thank you for your support of our race in the past and we look forward to seeing you on Saturday March 20th, 2021.