April 30

Saginaw, MI

8th Annual Go The Extra Mile for Covenant Kids 2017 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.

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

This year's event is once again presented by:





Date:  April 30, 2017

Start Time:  8:00 AM

Location:  Swan Valley High School

Address:  8400 Ohern Rd, Saginaw, MI 48609

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: 

Join us for a FREE Training Runs with our pacers! Click HERE for details! 

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 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 O'Hern Rd.

Packet Pickup and Late Registration:

  • Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 3:00-6:00 pm at the Rear Entrance of the Swan Valley High School Gymnasium
  • Sunday, April 30, 2017 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 27th. After that, ALL registrations will be completed on-site at late registration/packet pickup at the increased rate.


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. 

Times and Timing:

TriToFinish and Newton Race Timing 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/Walk

Age Groups/Divisions: 

9 & Under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & over


Overall Awards

Overall male and female winners of the half marathon, half marathon hand cycle, and 5K event 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, and 5K event.

Award Schedule

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 tables.


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 24 hours after event.


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 7:00 AM
  • Access to high school via Swan Valley Middle School will remain open throughout the event.

Rolling Road Closures:

In place between 7:00 AM to 11:45 AM


Are strollers allowed on the course?

Jogging strollers ONLY are allowed during the half marathon. Jogging strollers and baby strollers are allowed on the 5K course but we ask that participants pushing strollers please stay to the rear of the corral at the start of the race so as not to impede runners.

Can my dog run at this event?

Unfortunately, no. Sanctioning and insurance requirements do not allow for pets to participate in this race. We don’t mind if Fido comes to watch, but he/she will not be able to participate.

What if it rains/snows/floods? Will the event be cancelled? And will I receive a refund?

This race will go on race day barring dangerous weather (i.e., tornados, lightning, extreme high winds, dangerous flooding, etc.). If lighting is present, race start time will be pushed back in increments of 30 minutes until the weather clears enough to race. Should flooding on the course occur, an alternate route will be utilized and communicated to participants. Unfortunately, we cannot control the weather and will not be able to refund participants should Mother Nature cause the event to be cancelled altogether.

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!

Personalized Custom bibs available to those who register before NOON on Monday, April 11th!

Refund Policy

We completely understand that plans change and athletes will sometimes be unable to compete in an event they've signed up for.  Unfortunately, refunds will not be provided for any event unless the event is cancelled for some reason.

Should an athlete have an injury or other medical issue keeping them from competing in an event they've registered for, then we would be happy to transfer their registration to a similar event up to and including the same event the following season.

Transferring registrations to other athletes is NOT allowed. 

Click HERE to view Images from the 2016 Go The Extra Mile for Covenant Kids Events!




  • 13.1 Mile Run
  • 13.1 Mile Hand Cycle
  • 5K Run/Walk
  • Youth 5K Run/Walk
  • 1 Mile Fun Run


Half Marathon Run/Hand Cycle

  • $48.00 valid until 04/27/17
  • $60.00 valid until 04/30/17

5K Run/Walk*

  • $28.00 valid until 04/27/17
  • $35.00 valid until 04/30/17

Youth 5K Run/Walk*

  • $20.00 valid until 04/27/17
  • $25.00 valid until 04/30/17

1 Mile Fun Run

  • $10.00 valid until 04/30/17

* There will not be a separate category for Walkers at this event. All participants in the 5K are free to run and/or walk as they see fit.

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