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June 18, 2016

The 2016 Beat the Grandma race will be held on Saturday June 18, 2016. We look forward to seeing all the different "Grandma Costumes" to be worn by as many of the brave runners that dare to...its a fun run to watch even if your not running...each year the fake Grandmas hope to run down the Real Grandmas due to the handicap head start lead that all women and older Grandpas get...See You on Sat. June 18, 2016 at the start line at the hilltop pavillion in the back of the park...the first runner leaves the starting line at 9 a.m.!

THE RACE WILL START ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE ZOO at the Hill Top Pavilion you may drive up the hill to the start line and registration area. If all te parking spots are taken then please park on the right side of the hill facing down along the road.

Or you may park in one of the many zoo parking lots and walk up to the start line....all trails and stairs will lead you to the top! Cry

RACE DAY REGISTRATION WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE STARTING LINE. LOOK FOR THE SIGNS AND CHALK LINE IN THE PARK. ONLY ONE HILL on the Whole Course!!! This years race will be stroller friendly...so dust off them Walkers Grandmas and get to the park!

Come on OUT and See if YOU can BEAT the GRANDMA!!! If you get in the top 50...you will bring home a medal!!! Special awards to the overall male and female runners.

PACKET PICK UP: starting at 7:30 a.m. at JOHN BALL PARK ZOO!!! at the back side of the park across from the Coca Cola Bottling Company is the drive that you take up to the start line and registration and packet pick up and restrooms and the finish line.

RACE STARTS at 9 a.m. with the first runner leaving the starting line.

AWARDS: Unique "BEAT the GRANDMA" themed awards to overall 1st male and 1st female finishers. Medals to the top 50 finishers and cool tshirts given to all pre-registered runners and available while supplies last on race day.

RACE LOCATIONS: the race will be held at the John Ball Park ZOO on the Northwest side of Grand Rapids. We will start at the picnic site at the UPPER Hill Top Picnic Sites...this means that the first 2 and 3/4 miles are all downhill, flat and fast "with the wind to your back"...so look for a new PR as you Chase down those Grandma's!!!

Race T-shirts are guaranteed to all pre-registered runners and are available on a first come first serve basis while supplies last on race day.


Come on out and join the rest of us Old Farts in what will be a very interesting race...to become an official Old Fart Running Club Member visit www.oldfartsrunningclub.8k.com

Do You Have What It Takes?...to Beat the Grandma!!!



there will be Grandma's Homemade Cookies waiting for you at the Finish Line...that is IF Grandma doesn't Beat You to Them!!!

SEE YA ON SAT. JUNE 18th, 2016!


Race Cost..early registration is $15.00 until June 10th

Race Day Registration is $20.00 will be in the morning at the start line from 7:30 a.m. till 8:50 a.m.


Words from an Official Old Fart...

As a kid growing up I always enjoyed visits to Grandma's House. As with most Grandmas, you could always count on there being treats at Grandmas. But there was nothing like Grandma's Homemade Cookies!!! Whether they were Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip, or Oatmeal...they were always a big hit. On Sat. June 18, 2016, you will not only have a chance to RUN and TRY to BEAT the GRANDMA...but you will also get a chance to relive those childhood memories of eating Grandma's Cookies one more time!

BEAT THE GRANDMA 5K  is endorsed by the Governor's Council...

This means that if you run this race you can enter the lottery to run in the Labor Day Bridge Run across the Mackinaw Bridge visit www.michiganfitness.org for more details.