Make noise and encourage runners (cheer, clap, play music, etc)
Create signs with words of encouragement.
Shout out encouragement to runners individually by their bib number (i.e. Go #4562, you’re doing great – please avoid phrases like “you’re almost there, not far to go, etc). Participants will appreciate it.
Do something to make runners smile. Sing, dance, blow bubbles and have a good time.
Live on the event course? Have a party with friends and/or family and cheer on the participants.
Travel to different spots along the event course and cheer from the Finish Line.
Be prepared for the weather.
Please do not crowd the participants by standing in the street.
Participants in the back of the pack need encouragement too! Please continue to cheer them on as well.
If you see a participant that needs help or medical attention, please note their participant bib number and advise a Course Crew member, identifiable medical staff or a Police Officer.
Other Ways to Engage
Volunteer! Many jobs available from Event Packet Pick-up, Aid Stations, Course Crew to Post Event Refreshments and many in between. YOU help make the event a success!
Download the RaceJoy app to track to know where to be in time to see your family and/or friends pass by.
May 12, 2018
Online registration opens in October!
Visit us at the Grand Rapids Marathon Expo on 10/14.
Congratulations participants on finishing your 2017 event! Thank you, family, friends, volunteers and Grand Rapids to being a part on May 13 - the second Saturday in May.