Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Kids Marathon

Kids Marathon Runners and Families:


We would like to thank all of the runners and parents who participated in the tenth annual Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Grand Rapids Kids Marathon on Saturday, October 22, 2016. It was great to see everyone so excited and watch the runners run their last 1.2 miles! The volunteers on the run course were amazed as to the excitement, constant jumping and “high 5s” they received from the runners. The field of blue t-shirts running through the streets of downtown Grand Rapids helped to inspire the participants of the Grand Rapids Marathon who were at the YMCA to pick up their race packets. Many stopped by the fence to watch you cross the finish line and it brought tears to their eyes.

If you did not receive your finisher’s certificate, you can download from the link above. If you are unable to print your certificate, please contact me at my email address below.  I will be happy to mail one to you.

This would not be possible without the support of our title sponsor, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, who allows us to offer this program free of charge.

We trust we have instilled in you a love for physical fitness.  When fitness becomes a habit and one which feels natural and fun, you desire to lead a healthy lifestyle that will continue through adulthood.  You have been introduced to exercise, good nutrition and goal setting.  We encourage you to keep up your fitness level, always stay active, stay focused on good nutrition and continue to set your goals.  With the lessons you have learned from participating in the Kid’s Marathon, you are setting yourself up for positive, life-long benefits.  Healthy bodies create healthy minds.

We congratulate the friends and family members who supported and encouraged the children as they trained for the Kids Marathon. Your support shows them that their health and fitness is important to you.

If you were unable to collect your prizes after achieving 5 miles, 13.1 miles and 20 miles, please contact me.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 14, 2017 for the eleventh annual Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Grand Rapids Kids Marathon.  Share how much fun you had with your friends and encourage them to participate next year.

We thank our sponsors for making our event such a great success.

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
Title Sponsor


Metro Health Sports Medicine

Life EMS



Gazelle Sports

Transnation Title Agency

YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids

Gordon Water

Titan Equipment

MyWay Mobile Storage

Kent District Library

Grand Rapids Public Library

Kent Vocational Options


       Kent County Foster Care            Coalition

Jan Host – Race Director
2016 Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Grand Rapids Kids Marathon Committee
E-mail: janchost@gmail.com