2606 Mount Olivet Road
Kalamazoo, MI 49004
Pricing Schedule: Online registration closes Friday, September 21, 2018, at 5:00 pm. Please visit the schedule tab for walk-up registration locations.
- Early Registration: $25 (through May 14, 2018)
- Registration: $30 (May 15 – June 14, 2018)
- Late Registration: $35 (June 15 – September 22, 2018)
- Race Day Registration: $40 (September 23, 2018)
- Wag and Run: Get a bandana for your canine participant: $6 (through September 23, 2018).
*Unfortunately, we’re unable to provide refunds or facilitate registration transfers between participants. We can, however, change your on-site registration status to virtual, enabling you to still participate in the movement and run at your own leisure. If you’d like to make this change, email [email protected] and we’ll take care of it for you! (Just a heads-up: the price difference in registration will be charged to your original credit card.)
About the Race
The Kalamazoo Heroes race is a unique 6K run/walk presented by Skywood Recovery , Foundations Detroit and Foundations Chicago, addiction and mental health treatment facilities that are part of Foundations Recovery Network.
Foundations Recovery Network’s mission is to be the leader in evidence-based, integrated treatment for co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders through clinical services, education and research.
Heroes in Recovery has a simple mission: to eliminate the social stigma that keeps individuals with addiction and mental health issues from seeking help, to share stories of recovery for the purpose of encouragement and inspiration and to create an engaged sober community that empowers people to get involved, give back and live healthy, active lives. It takes a heroic effort to live clean and sober each day, and a Heroes 6K celebrates that effort. The sixth kilometer separates a Heroes race from a typical 5K to symbolize the extra effort it takes to sustain recovery. The six kilometers also represent the six letters in the word HEROES.
Each registered participant will receive:
- A finisher’s medal upon crossing the finish line
- Heroes 6K race shirt
- Souvenir bib
- Reusable 6K bag
- Post-race nutrition
Join the movement. Run the race. Break the stigma!
The 2018 Charity Beneficiary
Recovery Institute of Southwest Michigan is a peer-run nonprofit service organization. They are a community of survivors who use their own experiences of addiction, mental illness and ongoing recovery to help others find their own recovery. Recovery Institute offers a multitude of services to empower people, build recovery skills and show the wider community that recovery happens. They aim to give hope where there is little or no hope. RI believes that recovery is not merely a matter of surviving one’s illness, but a dynamic movement that brings about a meaningful change in lifestyle and habits. Members of their PoWeR Group share their recovery stories with students, community organizations, hospitals and other civic groups across southwest Michigan to foster hope and reduce stigma about mental illness and addiction.
Please consider making a donation in any amount or becoming a fundraising participant to help spread our mission for the recovery community.
Be a Volunteer
Interested in helping out at the Kalamazoo Heroes 6K Run/Walk? Volunteers have the option to run the race, too! Each volunteer will receive a Heroes volunteer shirt at check-in. (Be sure to register for the run/walk if you plan to do both).
Featuring lush greenery and cool waters, Spring Valley Park provides the ideal location to take in natural beauty and inhabiting wildlife during the race. Beginning near the water tower, the course continues along paved trails that follow the lake’s coast, cross a bridge and loop back to Spring Valley Drive. Participants will then enjoy the scenic pathways surrounding the water as they travel around the lake and end up at the starting point.
Schedule of Events
Packet Pick Up/Walk Up Registration
Date: Saturday, September 22
Time: 12-5:00 p.m.
Location: Gazelle Sports, 214 South Kalamazoo Mall Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Race Day Registration/Packet Pickup
Date: Sunday, September 23, 2018
Location: Spring Valley Park | 2606 Mount Olivet Road, Kalamazoo, MI 49004
Walk Up Registration Time: 6:30 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.
Race Start Time: 8 a.m.
Awards Presentation: 9:15 a.m.
Come early on race day to get a parking spot in the Spring Valley Park parking lot. If the parking lot fills up, more free parking can be found on Olivet Road.
You may only qualify to win in one category and must be present to receive your award.
Overall Male and Female Winners
Overall Masters Male and Female Winners
Other award categories – Age Group Awards Male/Female:
10 and under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a time limit to complete the 6K?
A 20-minute mile pace or faster is required, which is the equivalent of a steady walk. If you fall below this pace, we can no longer guarantee course support like aid stations, medical support and portable toilets. If you fall below this pace on an open road, you’ll have to move to the side of the street/onto the sidewalk and obey regular traffic laws. We’re forced to officially cut the course finish time at 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Can I walk the race?
Absolutely! Runners and walkers are not only welcome, but also encouraged! Our training plan will help participants of all paces prepare for race day.
Are strollers welcome?
Of course! Strollers are more than welcome, as long as you position yourself in the back to avoid any tangles and traffic jams.
Do kids run free?
Due to liability concerns, everyone must register for the event, kids included.
Are dogs allowed?
Sure thing! We love dogs as much, if not more, than you do! Just make sure to keep them on a leash.
Can I pick up a friend’s packet?
Yes! High fives for being a great friend.
Do I need to be present to claim my award?
Yes — all winners must be present at the award ceremony to claim their award, so make sure you stay for the fun after the race!
Can I register on race day?
Absolutely! You can register on-site during packet pick-up or on race day.
What if I can’t make it on race day?
Great news! You are welcome to switch over to a virtual participant and run the race on your own time. Just email us at [email protected] and we can get you switched over. (Please note, there may be a price difference and your credit card on file will be charged the difference.)
Where do I park on race day?
Come early on race day to get a parking spot in the parking lot at Spring Valley Park! If the parking lot fills up, more free parking can be found Mt. Olivet Rd.
Can I get a refund after I register?
Unfortunately, we’re unable to provide refunds or facilitate registration transfers between participants. We can, however, change your on-site registration status to virtual, enabling you to still participate in the movement and run at your own leisure. If you’d like to make this change, email [email protected] and we’ll take care of it for you! (Heads up: the price difference in registration will be charged to your original credit card.)
Question(s) still not answered? Email us at [email protected]