Hand Cycle

  • 13.1 mi Hand Cycle

Half Marathon Run

  • 13.1 mi Run

5K Run

  • 5 km Run

5K Walk

  • 5 km Walk

Youth 12 and under 5K Run

  • 5 km Run

Youth 12 and under 5K Walk

  • 5 km Walk

1 Mile

  • 1 mi Run/Walk


Half Marathon Run/Hand Cycle
  • $45.00 valid until 04/21/16
  • $60.00 valid until 04/24/16
5K Run and 5K Walk
  • $25.00 valid until 04/21/16
  • $30.00 valid until 04/24/16
Youth 12 and under 5K Run and 5K Walk
  • $20.00 valid until 04/21/16
  • $25.00 valid until 04/24/16
1 Mile Run
  • $10.00 valid until 04/24/16

7th Annual Go The Extra Mile for Covenant Kids 2016 Overview

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.

Please note change in start times for all events!

Back by popular demand for this year’s event will be the addition of a McDonald GMC Cadillac 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

Join us for a MarathonPacing.com FREE Training Runs with our pacers! CLICK HERE for details!

Challenge yourself at Go the Extra Mile for Covenant Kids and change the lives of kids in our community!


April 24, 2016

Start Time:

8:00 AM


Swan Valley High School


8400 O’Hern Rd.
Saginaw Township, MI 48609

Course Description:

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 an Official USATF sanctioned event. Only a handful of events in Michigan are currently certified AND 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 half marathon 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.

Packet Pickup and Registration:

  • Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 3:00-6:00 pm at the Swan Valley High School Gym
  • Sunday, April 24, 2016 beginning at 6:30 am at the Swan Valley High School Gym

*Note: T-shirts are not guaranteed to late registrants.  Please register online to ensure your race t-shirt is available at packet pickup!

* Online Registration closes at Midnight, Thursday, April 21st.  After that, ALL registrations will be completed on-site at late registration/packet pickup at the increased rate.

Personalized Custom bibs available to those who register before NOON on Friday, April 8th!

Click HERE to view Images from the 2015 Go The Extra Mile for Covenant Kids Events!


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.

Road Closure Information


Times and Timing:

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 • 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk (not timed)
8:30 am • Half Marathon Run and Hand Cycle
8:40 am • 5K Run and Walk


Age Groups/Divisions:

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.


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 10:30 AM

The Presentation for the Coupie Award of Courage to the Top Overall Male and Female Hand Cyclist will be followed immediately by:

  • Hand Cycle Awards
  • 5K Overall Awards
  • 5K Age Group Awards

Half Marathon Overall Awards – Begins at 11:30 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.



Results will be posted periodically during the event. Final results will be available within 30 minutes after the last participant of each race crosses the finish line and will be posted online at www.covenantkidsrace.com 24 hours after event.


Rules and Regulations, 
Routes, Parking and Traffic:

Swan Valley High School:

  • Access to O’Hern Road via Miller Road will remain open throughout the event.
  • Access to O’Hern Road via Van Wormer Road will be open until 7:30 AM
  • Access to high school via Swan Valley Middle School will remain open throughout the event.

Rolling Road Closures:

In place between 7:30 AM to 11:45 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.  Please be courteous of runners without strollers by staging toward the rear of the corral for the race start.

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!


Race Expo:

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!





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