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Grand Rapids .1K - Grand Rapids .1K

The GR .1K is back!

Save the Date
Saturday, November 6, 2021
New Holland Knickerbocker
417 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504


Registration is now open!

GR.1K presented by Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing

A SHORT RUN for a Big Cause!

We are back 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. This year is YEAR 10…. DOUBLE DIGITS BABY!  You have had TWO YEARS to train for the “Race to End Duchenne!”. The Band – 5 Minutes Tardy will start the comeback tour at 11am to help get you pumped up! Register by October 31, to reserve a long Sleeve Race Shirt in your size.  (After then, you will have to rely on our sizing estimations!)   All proceeds from the GR.1K will be donated to Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy in an effort to end Duchenne muscular dystrophy. It’s gonna be a great comeback!

The Party is gonna Rock!
The 2021 GR.1K pre-race schedule will help get you warmed up. The Knickerbocker – New Holland Brewery, will once again host registration and Race HQ. The Band will start jammin’ at 11am and there will be a variety of Rehydration Specials available at participating Bridge Street watering holes: The Anchor, Condando, Arktos Meadery, O’Toole’s, Kale’s Korner, The Sovengard, Butcher’s Union, Fratelli’s, Ando, Jolly Pumpkin and Morning Belle, will fuel the post-race party. Whether you “bar crawl” along Bridge or just party in one spot, celebrating your run to glory will never be sweeter.

GR.1K Remembers
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!