GR.1K presented by Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing
Races to End Duchenne!


Party for a Cause on … on Bridge Street!


Take part in a world class .1K road race that starts at one end of Bridge Street and finishes about a block later. That’s right! We are shaking things up again and moving to Bridge ! Don’t worry, you will be able to show everyone what a great athlete you are when you put that .1K sticker on your car. Yeah, you’re that awesome! Register by October 26th, and get upgraded from the standard short sleeve race shirt to a super-sweet (and warmer!) long sleeve version. All proceeds from the GR.1K will be donated to the Parent Project in an effort to cure Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.


There’s More at the Post Race Party!


The 2018 GR.1K will include a post-race party that includes fun activities for the whole family! The Knickerbocker – New Holland Brewery, will host registration and Race HQ. Rehydration specials will also be available at all the classic Bridge Street watering holes: The Anchor, O’Toole’s, Kale’s Korner, The Sovengard, Butcher’s Union, Ando, and Jolly Pumpkin. The post-race schedule will include Live Music and Family activities for kids of all ages! Whether you “bar crawl” along Bridge or just party in one spot, the day will keep runners shaking their booties all!


GR.1K – Year 8 is dedicated to Kevin Friar


It is with a heavy heart that we share the passing of Kevin Friar, the oldest “Friar Boy”, on April 2, 2018. This kid touched us all in so many ways. We loved his quick wit and ability to make us all laugh. He did not lose his fight against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, he showed us how to live with it. The battle continues to find a cure. God bless Kevin, his brother Kyle, sister Colleen, parents DeAnne and Mike and all the boys that fight to win against this awful disease. Kevin was 18 years old.

GR.1K Training Tips!

with David Dyer & Kevin Yon

GR.1K – A Race to End Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

20151106-friar-familyMike and DeAnne Friar, are the parents of two boys, Kevin and Kyle, with Duchenne.   Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed in childhood, affecting approximately 1 in every 3,500 live male births (about 20,000 new cases each year worldwide). Because the Duchenne gene is found on the X-chromosome, it primarily affects boys; however, it occurs across all races and cultures. Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy’s mission is to end Duchenne: accelerate research, raise our voices in Washington, demand optimal care for all young men, and educate the global community.  Close to a dozen West Michigan families have boys with this deadly disease. The Friar Family have been relentless in raising money for a cure. That effort, aided by family and friends, is aptly named, “The Friar Fight”.

This year's race will be limited to 2,000 runners so make sure to register early!