Athletic Department

Cardinals Back to School 5K

Saturday, August 11, 2018

The Big Rapids Cardinals Sports Booster will host their 1st Annual BR Cardinal 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, August 11, 2018, at the Big Rapids High School.  The 5K will give participants the opportunity to run or walk 3.1 miles through the high school’s cross country course. This event will be one that the whole family can enjoy. Participants can challenge themselves to complete the 5K run/walk for the first time or add it to their list of completed runs.  Meanwhile, children can participate in the Kid's Dash and fun activities near the pavilion.

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 9:00 am, and the course will close at 11:30 am.  The Kids Fun Dash will start at 9:30 am near the ‘run start’ area.  There will not be an awards ceremony after the race, but post-event prizes will be presented to the top three overall finishers in the male and female divisions.

  • Registration Begins: 7:30 am
  • 5K Run Start Time: 9:00 am
  • 5K Wellness Walk: 9:15 am
  • Kids Fun Dash: 9:30 am
  • Race Course:  Cross Country

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


The event registration details include:

  • Participants must register by Friday, July 27 to be guaranteed a t-shirt.
  • Registration closes Tuesday, August 7 at 11:59 pm.
  • Late registration will be accepted until the day of event; a price increase will be applied.
  • A mail-in registration form is available here.
  • Make check payable to and mail the registration form to:
    BRHS Cardinals Sports Booster
    Attn: Karen GreenBay
    21034 15 Mile Road
    Big Rapids, MI 49307

Participants who register after August 7 will select from limited available sizes at event packet pick-up on Friday, August 10 or at the event Saturday, August 11 on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Event Fees

The registration timeline for the 5K event includes an early bird rate until July 27.

  • 5K Run: $25.00 Early Bird Rate; $30 after July 27
  • 5K Wellness Walk: $20.00 Early Bird Rate; $25 after July 27
  • Kid's Dash (ages 8 and under): $3.00 Early Bird Rate; $3 after July 27 (payable at the event)

Packet Pick-Up and Late Registration

Participants can pick up their race material Friday, August 10th at the Big Rapids High School Lobby from 4:00pm-7: 00 pm.

Late registration is also available Friday, August 10 and Saturday, August 11 at 7:30 am during Race Registration.

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 canceled or rescheduled.

You can transfer your race entry to another individual for a $5.00 fee; however, transfers must be made by July 27 (11:59 pm). Transfers will not be allowed after July 27. Transfer requests should be emailed to

Your Registration Includes:

Race t-shirt (size guaranteed if you register by July 27)
Race Bib
Complimentary Bag
Free parking
Race Refreshments

What to expect at the Cardinals 5K?

Water station on the race course.
Post-race refreshments are available for all finishers.
Race pictures during and after the race.
The race is chip timed.
Fun family event to jump-start the school year.

Race Results

Race results will be available at the race kiosks located onsite at the Big Rapids High School lobby. You can view results online from our Sports Booster Website.

Course Maps & Information

The course starts and finishes at the Big Rapids High School.

  • Strollers, animals, bicycles, rollerblades, and skateboards are not permitted on the race course.
  • Dogs and not permitted on the premises of the event.

Event Parking

Free parking for the 5K event will be in the Big Rapids High School parking lot. There will be signs as you enter the premises directing you to the event parking area.


An event the size and scope of the Cardinal Sports Booster 5K will require many volunteers throughout the planning process and during race weekend. Being 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, registration and clean-up after the event, encourage participants during the event, 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 Tuesday, August 7 at 6:00 pm – Location TBA.

Event Contact

If you have a question 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

Race Location

Big Rapids High School
21175 15 Mile Road
Big Rapids, MI 49307

Registration Form Download

Make check payable to and mail the registration form to:
BRHS Cardinals Sports Booster
Attn: Karen GreenBay
21034 15 Mile Road
Big Rapids, MI 49307