It has been announced that one of the first in-person events to return in Grand Rapids will take place. Nana's Run organizers are planning the eighth-annual, family-friendly 5K run/walk for May 1. 

The Nana's Run event will help raise funds to bring clinical support and special equipment to local patients and families struggling with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Two options will be offered this year. One is an in person run that will start and end at Rosa Parks Circle. The virtual option that was held in 2020 will also return this year.


The in-person run will have rolling start times. Each participant’s race bib will have a chip that will start the race timing when the starting line is crossed and they can start at any point during the 30-minute window. Nana's Run will also feature wider paths to accommodate social-distancing.


Co-Chair Cassandra DeVos told Fox 17,

"Nana’s Run is a celebration of life. It is a way for our community to rally together to help those facing the difficult reality of this devastating disease, support them and fund research to find a cure.”

Participants can choose which run they would prefer to join, in-person or virtual. You can register for the race here.

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