Lumberjack Virtual Mile & 5K
September 19h – October 10, 2020

The annual Lumberjack Mile and 5K are going virtual this year. United Way supporters are encouraged to run or walk, and fundraise to help kick off United Way’s Stronger United campaign. Runners of all ages and abilities are invited to run,  jog, or walk the distance on their own, on a course of their choosing.

What You Get

All registered participants will receive a virtual race toolkit, a collectible t-shirt designed by Jenny Farber of Chaotic Beauty Artistry, and event perks. Race fees are $25 per adult 13 and older and $15 for ages 6-12. Kids 5 and under have free admittance, however, t-shirts are an additional cost. Plus, participants will have a chance to be entered into our prize drawing.

.Your finisher’s shirt will be available for pickup or delivery, simply choose your preference when you register. Pickup will be available at a Finisher’s Rally on October 3rd from 3 to 7 p.m. at Rapids Brewing, downtown Grand Rapids. After October 3rd pickup is available at United Way at 350 NW 1st Ave., Grand Rapids.


You can run or walk the full distance of your choice at any time from anywhere between now and October 3rd. For those wishing to follow the traditional racecourse, the run route will be posted for the duration of the event.

Once you have completed your race, follow the link below to input your results, and share your race photos. Once your results are reported you will be entered into the prizes drawing.


Your participation in the Lumberjack Mile & 5K includes your chance to win prizes from our sponsors. Prizes will be based on your participation, not a performance so everyone has an equal chance of winning.

Congratulations to this year’s prize drawing winners:

1st Place ($50 Visa gift card): Brad Smith

2nd Place ($25 Visa gift card): Jamie Nielsen

3rd Place ($25 Visa gift card): Sarah Koski

Stay Connected

Show your support for the cause with your friends and family! Post photos using our official race hashtag #itascastrong, #strongerunited, and #unitedtogether on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Submit Race Results & Photos
Submit your results by October 10th using Google forms, where you can enter your race time and upload our finish line pictures. NOTE: no time limit will be enforced.

Submit Results

Join the Charity Challenge

Help set the pace for United Way’s Stronger United campaign by raising funds or making a donation. When you give or start a fundraising page, you’re playing a role in our community’s recovery and rebuilding. Through United Way, your contributions impact thousands of lives through a network of 20 local agencies focusing on education, financial stability, and health, the building blocks for a good life, and a thriving community. To join the Charity Challenge, register using the button below, and start fundraising today. Challenge participants who raise over $250 receive a free race entry.

Event Sponsor Opportunities:

United Way sponsorship opportunities help raise awareness about United Way and uniquely position your company as a community leader—engaging your customers, vendors, employees and public alongside a recognizable and trusted philanthropic brand.

Select from one of our various levels of sponsorship or customize a package that aligns with your corporate values. For more information, call the United Way at 218-999-7570.