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Michigan > Borgess Run for the Health of It Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K
Kalamazoo, MI  •  Sunday, May 4, 2014  •  Course Map

More than 5,000 runners and walkers laced up for the spring 2013 running of the Borgess Run For The Health Of It Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K, which takes participants on a winding, out-and-back route through the city streets of Kalamazoo, through the campus of Borgess Medical Center and around the shores of Spring Valley Lake inside the city's 185-acre Spring Valley Park.

In addition to the 13.1-mile race, the event also hosts a full marathon, a 5K for runners, a 5K race/walk, a kids' fun and what organizers call the "Motivational Mile," a non-competitive event for those who want to celebrate a personal health victory or rehabilitation in their lives, especially appropriate given the event's title and the race organizers' parallel effort to encourage fitness and raise awareness about the importance of maintaining good cardiovascular health.

Throughout the race, runners travel across paved surfaces, both on the urban city streets as well as on the paved pathways that make their way through the grounds of Spring Valley Park. The largely fast and flat course includes a few rolling hills along the way, but no significant changes in elevation to speak of, and no serious hills.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in the southern part of the state, about 30 miles west of the shores of Lake Michigan, Kalamazoo tends to see chilly to mildly warming weather in May, a month that has brought record temperatures here as low as 26 degrees (in 1978) and as high as 94 degrees (also in 1978).

May Avg. Day of Race Monthly Precip.
Low: 49°F Low: 45°F Rain: 3.54 in.
High: 72°F High: 68°F Snow: N/A

Course Map

See the race route map for the Borgess Half Marathon

Starting Time

8:00 AM - full marathon
8:20 AM - half marathon
8:30 AM - 10K
8:40 AM - 5K


$40 for the half marathon, if registered by November 30, 2013
$50 between December 1 - March 31, 2014
$60 between April 1 - 30
$70 in person at the race expo on May 3


To reserve your spot in the late spring 2014 running of Kalamazoo's Borgess Run for the Health of It Marathon, Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at SignMeUp.com.

Official Race Website


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