Go the Extra Mile for Covenant Kids is one facet of ongoing philanthropic activities in our community that support Covenant Kids, a dedicated fund specifically intended to enhance the care of children faced with hospitalization at Covenant HealthCare and their families.
Again this year, Covenant Kids has included a lower priced category for Youth runners aged 12 and under. Covenant HealthCare recognizes the importance of keeping kids active and is encouraging kids to Go the Extra Mile for their peers with lower registration fees.
Back by popular demand for this year’s event will be the addition of a Pace Team, free to athletes to sign up with to help meet individual finish time goals! It's very motivating to run with a pace team and these pacers are experienced marathoners that travel the country doing this, so it's going to be awesome having them with us in Saginaw. For more info, see: http://marathonpacing.com/covenant.php
Challenge yourself at Go the Extra Mile for Covenant Kids and change the lives of kids in our community!
April 26, 2015
Swan Valley High School
8400 O’Hern Rd.
Saginaw Township, MI 48609
Covenant Kids half marathon, 5k run/walk, and 1 mile will highlight several of the bay region’s nicest features. Both the half marathon and 5K are sanctioned by USA Track and Field which means that not only are the courses certified by USATF as accurate, but our event management meets the gold standard as a USATF sanctioned event. Only a handful of events in Michigan are currently sanctioned by USATF and we are proud to provide our participants with this extraordinary quality every year. The course is flat and fast for those of you looking to PR.
The race begins by heading south from Swan Valley High School passing through the Kluck Nursery and following country roads to the Saginaw Valley Rail Trail. Enjoy the wonderful trail system as you loop through the township’s countryside before making your way back to the high school.
Without the gracious welcome of the Saginaw County Rail Trail and Kluck Nursery we would not be able to offer such a scenic and pristine racecourse. More info on the Saginaw Country Trail here.
5k run/walk athletes will follow the half marathon athletes down O’Hern before turning north on Van Wormer Rd with a quick loop through the neighborhoods just north of the high school.
Kids and families doing the 1 mile “fun run” enjoy a flat “out and back” route on on O'Hern Rd.
*Note: T-shirts are not guaranteed to late registrants. Please register online to be ensure your race t-shirt is available at packet pickup!
NOTE: There are no additional "maintenance fees" associated with online registration for this event. The registration price you see is the price you pay!
All events will start on O’Hern Road, south of Swan Valley High School and finish in the High School Parking Lot at the O’Hern Road Entrance.
Tri To Finish will provide and monitor chip-imbedded B-tag timing (timing device inserted in bibs of participants). Participants will cross over timing pads at the start and finish so as to accurately document your race time and track your completion of the event. The 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk will not be timed.
Event Starting Times:
8:00 am • Hand Cyclist Half Marathon
8:05 am • Half Marathon Run
8:10 am • 5K Run and Walk
9:00 am • 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk (not timed)
9 & Under
80 & over
Overall male and female winners of the half marathon, half marathon hand cycle, 5K run and 5k walk events will receive special “Champion Shirts” to commemorate their wins.
Age Group Awards
Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Male and Female participants will be awarded for the half marathon, half marathon hand cycle, 5K run and 5K walk events.
Jeff Coupie Award Ceremony – Begins at 10:00 AM
The Presentation for the Coupie Award of Courage to the Top Overall Male and Female Hand Cyclist will be followed immediately by:
Half Marathon Overall Awards – Begins at 11:00 AM
Age Group Awards for the Half Marathon will begin immediately after completion of the Overall Awards
NOTE: All participants will receive their finisher medals upon completion of their event at the finish line. Once final results are posted, age group awards may also be picked up at the AWARDS BOOTH located near the Registration table.
Swan Valley High School:
Rolling Road Closures:
In place between 7:30 AM to 11:15 AM
Are dogs allowed on the course? We love dogs too! Unfortunately, your pooch will not be allowed at this event due to event liability insurance restrictions.
Are bikes or rollerblades allowed? No. Liability insurance restrictions prevent bikes or rollerblades from being used on the course.
Can I push a stroller at this event? Yes! However, standard push strollers will be limited to the 5k walk event. Strollers used in the Half Marathon or 5k run events MUST be designed for running use.
Can I run if I sign up for the 5k Walk? No. If you sign up for the walk, then you MUST walk or you will be disqualified from receiving awards. If you plan to walk AND run, then you must sign up for the 5k Run.
Will there be medical aid on the course? Yes. There will be 8 aid stations throughout the course of this race with each being staffed by physicians. There will also be a medical tent at the finish line and mobile medical units on call. You may never find an event staffed better medically than this race!
Join the party at the race day Expo in the Swan Valley High School cafeteria...
One-stop-shop for race goodies and running gear
Refreshments courtesy of Tim Horton’s
Massage courtesy of Covenant HealthCare Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Covenant Kids activities area, music, entertainment and more!
Race Training Programs Available
YMCA of Saginaw: Contact Tina Dowe at 989.753.7721
See Finisher Photos from the 2014 Go The Extra Mile for Covenant Kids event HERE