United Way Lumberjack Mile & 5K
Date: Saturday, September 11, 2021
Time:  8 a.m.
Race Time:  9 a.m.
Location: KAXE Amphitheatre, 260 NE Second St., Grand Rapids

The Lumberjack Mile & 5K for United Way, is a fun run held along the Mississippi River in the heart of Grand Rapids’ business district. A highly anticipated lumberjack-themed run, featuring live music under the KAXE Amphitheatre. Additionally, the race runs in conjunction with the Grand Rapids Riverfest, a two-day music festival featuring live music, food vendors, craft beer, and more.

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Details

Participants can choose to take part in person or complete the run virtually, on the course of their choosing. All entrants receive a virtual race toolkit, including a limited-edition, collectible T-shirt designed by Chaotic Beauty Artistry. All proceeds support United Way's work to meet children and adults' education, health, and basic needs across the Itasca area.

Race Entry

$25 Adults (ages 13+) – $30 after after August 21
$15 Child (age 6-13)* – $20 after August 21

*Children under age 6 may join at no cost, however, T-shirts and other runner’s packet items will come at an additional cost.

All registered participants will receive a virtual race toolkit, which includes a limited-edition, collectible T-shirt designed by Jenny Farber of Chaotic Beauty Artistry, as well as other event perks.

Virtual Entry

Participants can take part virtually by selecting the virtual option when registering. Virtual race entries include a $5 race packet shipping fee.

Event Schedule 

8 AM   Registration Opens
9 AM  Race Begins
10:30 AM  Presentation of Awards
11 AM  Event Concludes

This year’s race will also include live music by local artists at the finish line! Spectators are welcome to cheer on runners throughout the race, and to stick around to enjoy live music during and after the run.

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Other Weekend Activities:

The inaugural Grand Rapids Riverfest runs Sept. 10-11 on the 200 block of First Avenue Northeast in Grand Rapids. Headline acts are Trampled by Turtles and Yonder Mountain String Band.

Friday, Sept. 10
3:30 p.m. – Sugar on the Roof
4:30 p.m. – Superior Siren
5:30 p.m. – Aaron Clafton
6:30 p.m. – Charlie Parr
7:30 p.m. – The Christopher David Hanson Band
8 p.m. – Trampled by Turtles
10 p.m. – VIP After Party featuring Actual Wolf

Saturday, Sept. 11
1 p.m. – Wild Horses (feat. Jed LaPlant) pt. 1
2 p.m. – Annie Humphrey
3:30 p.m. – Wild Horses (feat. Jed LaPlant) pt. 2
4 p.m. – Langhorne Slim
5:30 p.m. – Faith Boblett
6 p.m. – Kathleen Edwards
7:30 p.m. – The Brothers Burn Mountain
8 p.m. – Yonder Mountain String Band
10 p.m. – VIP After Party featuring Corey Medina & Brothers

To learn more and purchase tickets, visit gr-riverfest.com.
To learn about festival volunteer opportunities, visit volunteer.uwlakes.org/events
To find lodging, visit vistgrandrapids.com

Volunteer at the Lumberjack Mile & 5K

Do you want to play your part - but you're not a runner? Throw on your best flannel, get into the Lumberjack spirit, and volunteer with us! We couldn't pull off the event without the support and assistance of volunteers.

Run Registration
Run registration volunteers will help set up the registration area inside the library. When runners begin arriving to check in, registration volunteers will distribute run packets, process same-day registrations, and answer questions. Sign up

Traffic Monitor
Traffic monitors will be posted along the run route to help runners safely cross the street. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age for this role. Sign up

T-shirt Merchant
T-shirt merchants will help set up and run a T-shirt station, where “vintage” Lumberjack run T-shirts will be sold to raise funds for United Way’s community investments. Sign up

Sign up for these opportunities and more on Bonfire, the Itasca area’s online volunteer platform powered by United Way.

Sponsor the Lumberjack Mile & 5K

Annually drawing in over 100 runners, proceeds from the Lumberjack Mile & 5K supporter United Way's work to meet children and adults' education, health, and basic needs across the Itasca area. The event is open to community members and visitors alike.

Sponsorship levels and their accompanying benefits are outlined below.

Platinum

$1,000

Recognition as Platinum Sponsor
Reduced Mile/5K entry fee(s)
Promoted as Platinum sponsor in all publicity materials, including radio and television
Live radio interview
Prominent inclusion of company logo on event program, signage, and T-shirt
Name mention at event
Recognition on United Way of 1000 Lakes’ website with your logo and a link to your website

Gold

$500

Recognition as Gold Sponsor
Reduced Mile/5K entry fee(s)
Promoted as a Gold sponsor in all publicity materials, including radio and television
Prominent inclusion of company logo on event program, signage, and T-shirt
Name mention at event
Recognition on United Way of 1000 Lakes’ website

If you’re interested in sponsoring the Lumberjack Mile & 5K, or another event, email kimberly@uwlakes.org or call United Way at 218-999-7570.

Grand Rapids Riverfest: September 10-11

Trampled By Turtles will headline a brand new, two-day music event in downtown Grand Rapids September 10-11. The festival is presented as a joint effort among the City of Grand Rapids, Visit Grand Rapids, KAXE/KBXE, the Reif Arts Council, and other organizations.

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