The Muskegon Rescue Mission is hosting the Foreshore Adventure Race in May of 2015. The unique, 5k-syle event will benefit the mission and will take place on the beach at Pere Marquette Park.
MUSKEGON, MI – An adventure race featuring everything from cargo nets to Pere Marquette beach sand is set to provide Muskegon with a whole new type of spring event.
The Muskegon Rescue Mission announced Wednesday its plans for hosting the Foreshore Adventure Race in the spring of 2015. The unique, 5K event will benefit the mission and will take place on the beach at Pere Marquette Park.
It will require participants of all ages to traverse obstacles such as mud pits, cargo nets, tires, and large mounds of sand.
“We’re looking to put on a fun, family event that showcases our beach and our lakefront here in Muskegon,” said Kevin Newton, executive director at the Muskegon Rescue Mission.
“These adventure race events have been extremely popular, but we haven’t had one right here. It’s a fun thing to do to try and get people of all ages and abilities on the waterfront before summer starts. We’re really excited.”
Final details, including the cost to participate in the event, are still being worked out, but the event is set to take place on the morning of May 16, a Saturday. Participants will run through several obstacles almost exclusively on the beach between Pere Marquette Park and Norman F. Kruse Park.
Runners will be able to sign up for different times in order to accommodate serious competitors as well as groups and families looking for a casual, fun experience.
“We are excited to host this unique event,” said Muskegon Mayor Steve Gawron. “Pere Marquette Park is the perfect venue for an adventure run that marries health and wellness with West Michigan’s greatest natural resource. We hope this event soon becomes one of the cornerstones that kick off the beach season at Pere Marquette Park for many years to come.”
A pre-party is also being planned for the night before. Participants can enjoy each other’s company, eat food and pick up registration items. The event will also include a “Kid’s Zone,” which will feature smaller obstacles that are similar to larger ones on the course.
“If there’s a big set of tires on the main course, there will be a smaller one in the Kid’s Zone,” Newton said. “We want families to be able to talk about their similar experiences. We want this to be a family event.”
Newton is hopeful that thousands of people will attend the event, but added that it’s hard to predict turnout since it’s a new event. He does think it will compare favorably to similar events held in other locations throughout West Michigan.
“This event has the potential to be a cut above some of those other events in terms of using natural resources,” he said. “I think this could be something people are talking about for a while.”
The Muskegon Rescue Mission provides food, shelter, clothing and spiritual direction to those in need. It is 100 percent locally funded. All proceeds from the Foreshore Adventure Race will be used to house and feed people in Muskegon.