Race for a Reason

Saturday, April 28 | 10am

R4R is a local race taking place in Mt. Pleasant, MI on Saturday, April 28th at 10:00 AM. This race begins and ends in Downtown Mt. Pleasant at the historic Ward Theater. The race will take place near downtown Mt. Pleasant and follow a section of paved trails through a few of the city's parks and trails. We will finish in front of the Ward Theater where where lunch will be served hot off the grill as runners are finishing. Scroll down to learn more about prizes and age group awards for this race.


R4R is perfect for runners looking to join their love for running with their desire to do good in the world. R4R has a history of helping others, raising money for those in need locally and globally. When you register for this year's R4R, 100% of your registration fee will go directly to helping the under-resourced in Myanmar. A team of generous folks have offered to cover the cost of hosting this event so that that every dollar you donate will directly benefit those in need.


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Course Description & Maps

This year's course will start and finish in front of the Ward Theater in Downtown Mt. Pleasant. The course will take runner's South on Main St. and into the the trails in Millpond Park. The course will follow a mix of paved and single-track dirt trails through Millpond Park. Runners will exit Millpond Park near Mountain Town Station and follow the trail through Nelson and Island Parks. They will exit the park onto Main St. near the Mt. Pleasant Post Office and head south to the Finish Line!


Use the links below to preview the 5k and 1.4 Mile Fun Run/Walk Courses.

Prizes and Age-Group Awards

Prizes will be awarded to the first place Men's and Women's Overall Finishers, as well as the winners of each age-group for both Men and Women. Age Group Awards will be awarded to runners ages: 10 and Under, 11-14 years, 15-19 years, 20-29 years, 30-39 years, 40-49 years, 50 years and over. As the race gets closer, age groups may be adjusted based on those who are registered. We will be sure to let you know of any changes prior to race day.


On race day, we will recognize the Top 3 finishers in each age group and the winner of each age group (Men's & Women's) will receive an award. Because we're running for a reason (raising money to help the under-resourced in Myanmar!), our awards/prizes will be simple. However, we still look forward to recognizing the hard work and speed of our competitors of all ages!

Schedule of Events

Saturday, April 28th

9:00 AM     Check-In/Walk-Up Registration*/Warm-Up

10:00 AM   Gather in the Ward for Welcome & Opening Instructions

  • 10:30 AM   Race Begins
  • 11:15 AM   Race Concludes/Lunch Will Be Ready as Runners are Finishing
  • 11:30 AM   Kids Sprints (Separate "races" for kids ages 4 and under & 5-10 years)
  • 11:45 AM   Age Group Awards presented in the Ward (Approximately)
  • 12:15 PM   Event Concludes/Clean-Up/Tear Down

  • *Online registration will close at 7:00 PM on Thursday, April 26th. Runners wishing to register after the online registration has closed may do so in person at the Ward beginning at 9:00 AM on race day.

    • Facilities & Restrooms

      This event will be hosted at The Ward Theater in Downtown Mt. Pleasant. Runners will have access to the restrooms in the Ward before and after the race. There is no access to showers, but there is limited (and not so private!) space in the restroom areas where runners may wish to change before or after the race.

    • Timing

      This is a timed 5K event complete with official finish times, overall awards, and age group awards. Runners of all ability levels are encouraged to come and compete. All finish times will be based on the "Gun Time." Runners looking for the most competitive experience should begin at the front, while those running for enjoyment are encouraged to line up further back to give competitive runners space at the start.

    • Parking

      There is ample parking downtown on Saturday mornings. Runners can park on the side streets near the Ward or in the lot behind the Ward (to the west). The city does not ticket on the weekends, so you are free to park in any open space you can find on the city streets or in the city lots.

    • Race Results & Race Photos

      The results for the race will be posted on race day as soon as we can get them organized and ready to share. Official race results will be posted on this page after the race. We hope to have finish times and places uploaded and ready for you by Saturday afternoon/early evening. We'll also be posting photos from race day on Grace Church's Facebook Page (facebook.com/gracechurchmp). We'll send you an e-mail as soon as race results and photos are ready to view.