Athletic Department

Cardinals Fall 5K Run/Walk

 Rescheduled for October 12

The Big Rapids Cardinals Sports Booster is hosting the 2nd Annual Cardinals 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, October 12th at Hemlock Park in Big Rapids, MI.  The 5K will give participants the opportunity to run or walk 3.1 miles through the beautiful White Pine Trails.  It is an event the whole family can enjoy.   Participants can challenge themselves to complete another 5K run or accomplish a goal to run/walk a 5K for the first time.  Meanwhile, children can enjoy the kids' dash and fun activities near the Playscape area.

Why should you participate in the Cardinals 5K?

Your registration helps the BRHS Sports Boosters support all high school sports teams.
Your registration help Sports Boosters sponsor student athletic scholarships. 
You can enjoy a run/walk with friends and family. 
Have the opportunity to check out local vendor booths.

Event Schedule

The 5K will start at 8:30 am and the course will close at 11:00 am.  The Kids Fun Dash will start at 8:45 am near the Playscape area at Hemlock Park.  There will not be an awards ceremony after the race, but each run participant will receive a finisher medal.

  • Registration Begins: 8:00 am
  • 5K Run Start Time: 9:00 am
  • 5K Wellness Walk: 9:15 am
  • Kids Fun Dash: 9:15 am
  • Race Course:  White Pine Trails - paved trails

Participants will receive a race bib, t-shirt, and a complimentary bag with coupons from local business supporters.

Race Results

Race results will be available at the race kiosks located onsite at Hemlock Park.

Race Site Location:

Hemlock Park (Across from B.R. Roller Rink)
Hemlock Street
Big Rapids, MI 49307

Race Contact Information:

Karen GreenBay, Race Coordinator

Registration & Pricing

  • Participants must register by Friday, September 27th to be guaranteed a t-shirt
  • Late registration is accepted until the day of the event; price increase is applied
  • Mail-in registrations, click HERE to print the registration form
  • Online registration available click HERE
  • Make check payable to and mail printed registration form to:​​​​​

Payable to:  BR Cardinals Sports Booster
Big Rapids Public Schools
Attn:  BR Cardinals 5K Event
21034 15 Mile Road
Big Rapids, MI 49307

Participants who register after September 27th will select from limited available shirts at packet pick-up on Friday, October 11th or at the event Saturday, October 12th on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Race Fees:


Aug 19-Oct 5

Late Registration
Oct 6-12
5K Run   $30 $35
5K Wellness Walk   $25 $30
Kids Dash(Age 10/under)   $5 $5

Packet Pick-Up and Late Registration

  • Participants can pick up their race material Friday, October 11th at the Big Rapids High School Lobby from 4:00pm-6:30 pm.
  • Late registration also available Friday, October 11th and Saturday, October 12th at 8:00 am.  Shirts are not guaranteed after September 27th deadline.

Refund Policy

No refunds provided for any reason; including prior injury, illness, or schedule conflicts.  The event will continue if it rains, but if hazardous weather hinders participant or volunteers safety, the event will be rescheduled or canceled.  If the event is canceled, registration fees will not be refunded but applied to a rescheduled date.  Cancellation or delay announcements will be published on the Sports Boosters website or facebook 5K event page.

Participants are able to transfer their race entry to another individual for a $10 fee; however, transfers must be made by Friday, September 27th (11:59 pm) and include shirt size adjustment.  Transfers will not be allowed after September 27th.  Transfer requests should be emailed to

Your Registration Includes:

  • Race t-shirt (guaranteed if registered by September 27th)
  • Race Bib
  • Complimentary Bag
  • Free parking
  • Pre-Post Race Refreshments

What to expect at the Cardinals 5K?

  • One water station on the race course (at Northend Park)
  • Post-race refreshments for participants
  • Race pictures during and after the race
  • The race is chip timed
  • A fun family event to jump-start the school year

Course Maps & Information:

  • The course starts and finishes at Hemlock Park
  • Click on the link below for a PDF of the course map
    • 5K Course Map (Coming soon)
  • ​​​​The White Pine Trails will remain open to the public
    • Strollers, animals, bicycles, rollerblades, and skateboards may be on the race course
  • Dogs are permitted on the trail, but walkers (with dogs) are encouraged to start in the far back.  We recommend that dogs wear a muzzle guard to avoid accidents and ALL DOGS MUST BE ON A LEASH.

Event Parking

Free parking for the 5K event is held at Hemlock parking lot.  There will be signs as you enter the premises directing you to the event parking area.  Overflow parking is available behind the Big Rapids Middle School.


An event the size and scope of the Cardinals Sports Booster 5K requires many volunteers throughout the planning process and during race day.  Becoming a volunteer gives you the opportunity to ensure that everyone who participates has a great experience.  We are seeking volunteers to organize race packet material, assist with set-up and registration, clean-up after the event, cheer/encourage participants on the race course, and other areas as needed.  If you are interested in volunteering for the 5K event, please email the Race Coordinator at  to be added to the volunteer list.  A tentative volunteer meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 2nd  @ 6:00 pm – Hemlock Park.

Event Contact

If you have questions about the event or need further clarification, contact the Karen GreenBay, Race Coordinator at or 231.250.9369 call/text.


Race Contact Information

Karen GreenBay, Race Coordinator
(231) 250-9369 call/text

Race Location

Hemlock Park
Hemlock Street
Big Rapids, MI  49307

Registration Form Download

Make check payable to and mail the registration form to:
BRHS Cardinals Sports Booster
Big Rapids Public Schools
Attn: BR Cardinals 5K Event
21034 15 Mile Road
Big Rapids, MI 49307

Online Registration