When we started planning for the 2018 race, we had a goal of 200 runners – which would have been a record. With 293 pre-registered runners, it’s safe to say that we hit our goal… and we could get as many as 50 race day registrations. As a result, we want to give you as much information as possible to make your race day experience enjoyable.

If possible, we strongly suggest taking advantage of Packet Pickup at Turks on Thursday; that information is below.

Packet Pickup

  • Date: Thursday, August 9
  • Time: 4-7pm
  • Location: Turks Inn
  • Address: 11139 Cleveland St, Nunica, MI 49448

*Turks’ Drink Special for registered runners

Race Day

  • Date: Saturday, August 11
  • Check-in opens: 6:00am
  • 5k Start: 7:30am
  • Kids Run Start: 8:15am
  • 10k Start: 8:30am


  • All Pre-Registered runners will receive a Finisher’s Medal
  • Top 3 Overall: Cash Prize, Glass Brainy Day 24oz Stein, Custom Award, Odd Side Ales Gift Card
  • Age Group Awards: Free Vegetable Certificate from Mellema Farms (5-year age groups)
  • Kids Run Awards: Brainy Day Medals

Frequently Asked Questions

Are strollers allowed on the race course? No.

Can I run with my dog? Yes, only on the 5K course. Dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet. Since the event is chip timed, runners with dogs will start after the main pack has left the start area. We actually have a separate dog division & award.

Can I transfer my entry if I’m injured? Yes. You’ll need to message the race director by Tuesday, August 8 at info@brainydayfund.org

Is the course supported with water stations? Yes. There is one water station on the 5k course & two stations on the 10k course.

Can I buy a shirt on race day? Yes. We won’t have shirts available on the day of the race, but you’ll be able to order a shirt on the day of the race. We’ll ship the shirt directly to your house after the race.

Can I register on the morning of the race? Yes. Registration for the 5K is open from 6:00am – 7:00am. Registration for the 10K is open from 6:30am – 8am.

Course Information

5k Course Preview: MapMyRun / Strava

10k Course Preview: MapMyRun / Strava

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