We are so sad that this year’s GR .1K has to be postponed until 2021, but we hope that you continue to train because the world’s premier .1K will be back better than ever!

However, the fight to end Duchenne continues.

Please consider making a donation, via the button to the right, to support the .1K runners and Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy.

GR.1K presented by Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing

Back go 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. This year is all about Peace and Love! Help us create good Karma with a short run so we can “End Duchenne. The Band starts at 11am in order to wake up your aura and get it shining brightly! Register by October 26th, and get upgraded from the standard short sleeve race shirt to a righteous, long sleeve version. All proceeds from the GR.1K will be donated to the Parent Project in an effort to cure Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. It’s gonna be far out, man!


The Party is Gonna be Outta Sight! 

The 2019 GR.1K is shaking up the pre-race schedule! The Knickerbocker – New Holland Brewery, will once again host registration and Race HQ. The Band will start jammin’ at 11am and there will be some choce Rehydration Specials available participating Bridge Street watering holes: The Anchor, O’Toole’s, Kale’s Korner, The Sovengard, Butcher’s Union, Fratellis, Ando, and Jolly Pumpkin. Live music will fuel the flower power post-race. Whether you “bar crawl” along Bridge or just party in one spot, its gonna be groovy!


GR.1K – Year 9

Kevin Friar, the oldest “Friar Boy”, passed away 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

Mike 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!