Seaway Run was a Success
Thank you to all the Rotarians who ran, walked, or volunteered for this signature event! Now in its 6th year as a Muskegon Rotary Club/Muskegon YMCA owned event, the 37th annual Seaway Run had over 2,800 runners and walkers in our new location in downtown Muskegon.
Runners/walkers started and finished at 4th and Western, with new courses that still took advantage of our beautiful lake views. The 15k and Half Marathon went from down-town out to Lake Michigan and back, with glimpses of Muskegon Lake along the way. The new 5k/Community Walk course, which got rave reviews, took participants up a closed Shoreline Drive, past GVSU’s Muskegon Innovation Hub, and through the new Terrace Point Landing development. The Healthy Lifestyle Expo had nearly 40 exhibitors in its new location at the LC Walker Arena, sharing healthy ideas and products with our community.
Rotarians were spotted throughout the event, lending a helping hand or running with friends and family. Jamie Hekker served as volunteer coordinator for the entire event, managing the nearly two hundred volunteers from all over the community needed for a successful event (Baby Hekker came along for the ride – I was very impressed with the energy of our mom-to-be!) Tom Powers and the Crains led a team of Rotarians as they joined Coldwell Banker employees at a 5K/Community Walk Spirit Station, giving water, Gatorade, and cheers to over two thousand runners and walkers. We also had Rotarians helping at packet pick up, at the start/finish line, and out on the course cheering on our runners and making sure they were safe. Rotarian spouses and families also volunteered and ran/walked along with our members. Rotarians also provided sponsorships through their businesses and encouraged their employees to participate.
Thanks again to everyone who showed that the Rotarian Four Way Test is not just words on paper, but a way to help our community thrive!