The Grand Rapids Griffins’ “Put A Lid On It!” bike helmet program is encouraging kids to participate in a great local bike race this weekend.
Today, Saturday, June 29, the Herman Miller Brickyard Criterium in downtown Grand Rapids will feature the 3 p.m. Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Kids’ Race, which will immediately precede the men’s pro race.

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The bike race is free to enter and allows children the opportunity to ride on the same courses as the professionals. Helmets must be worn.

Registration begins at 1 p.m. near the intersection of Ionia and Weston, next to Van Andel Arena. For the sixth consecutive year, the first 150 kids who don’t own a helmet can receive and be properly fitted for a free one, courtesy of the Griffins’ “Put A Lid On It!” program and Safe Kids Greater Grand Rapids. The kids’ race will consist of three heats: Heat 1 (one .8-mile lap) for ages 6-9; Heat 2 (one lap) for ages 4-6; and Heat 3 (200 meters) for ages 4 and under.

Come one, come all, to downtown Grand Rapids today.  The kids will have a ball.