Start your running season with the 31st Annual Spectrum Health Irish Jig!
Saturday, March 15, 2014
New this year! The 2014 Irish Jig will feature one "staggered" start, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Now in its 31st year, the Irish Jig has grown to become one of Michigan’s premier 5K (3.1 mile) races. The USA Track & Field certified course is mostly flat with a few gentle hills. The start of the race is a short walk from the East Grand Rapids High School gym. Top age group winners receive prizes, and top overall finishers receive cash awards.
Spectrum Health is proud to provide this event as part of its mission to improve the health of the communities we serve, and to promote awareness of colorectal cancer. We look forward to seeing you on race day!
Register online for a discounted rate through noon on Thursday, March 13.
Note: Online registration will close early if participation approaches race course capacity.
- $20 — 14 and younger
- $25 — 15 and older
Late registration will be available during packet pickup on Friday, March 14, and Saturday, March 15.
- $25 — 14 and younger
- $35 — 15 and older
Registrations are nontransferable and fees are nonrefundable.
- Animals and baby strollers are not allowed on the course
- Walking the course is allowed, but participants must complete the route within 45 minutes
- In case of severe weather, event directors reserve the right to cancel the race without refund
- Long sleeve wicking waffle shirts with this year’s race logo will be available in sizes XS to 3XL
- At packet pickup, a shirt will be given to 4,000 preregistered participants on a first come basis; sizes cannot be guaranteed
- If extra shirts are available after the race, they will be sold for $10 each
Colorectal Cancer Awareness
Spectrum Health is proud to support colorectal cancer research, education and patient care through the Spectrum Health Irish Jig on Saturday, March 15, 2014.
Among cancers that affect men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, yet it is preventable. Thanks to increased awareness of the risks and symptoms, advances in screening tests, and evolving treatment options, the number of people diagnosed and dying from colorectal cancer continues to decline. For more information, visit spectrumhealth.org/colon-rectal-cancer.
If you would like to donate to the Spectrum Health Ferguson Digestive Disease Endowment Fund for colorectal cancer research, education and patient care, please call the Spectrum Health Foundation at 616.391.2000 or visit give.spectrumhealth.org/coloncancer.
Please join Spectrum Health in supporting colorectal cancer awareness!
Gazelle Sports Triple Crown Series
The Gazelle Sports Triple Crown Series is a group of three road races in Grand Rapids and East Grand Rapids, Michigan. The series includes the Spectrum Health Irish Jig 5K, Brian Diemer Amerikam 5K and Reeds Lake Run 5K. Runners may participate in one, two or all three legs, but teams must enter and finish all three races to be eligible for the overall awards. Visit gazellesports.com/triplecrown for more information.