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Frequently Asked Questions about the Metro Way 5K

When is the race?
In Person 5K: July 15 | 6:30 PM
YMCA Kids Races: July 15 | 6:00 PM
Virtual 5K: Sunday, July 11 – Sunday, July 18, submissions must be in by 11:59 pm on July 18

How do I register?
Online registration is open until July 15.

If you have experiencing issues registering online, please email

How much does the 5K Run & Walk cost?
Early-bird registration (through June 4): $25/person
Normal Pricing (June 5 – July 14): $30/person
Late Registration (July 15): $35/person
YMCA Kids Races = FREE

Is there a group or family discount?
Yes, groups of 4 or more automatically receive a $5 discount when registering together.

As a UM Health-West employee, do I get a discount?
Yes. UM Health-West employees receive $5 off their registration. You may not combine this discount with the group discount. You may not apply this discount to friends or family entry. Contact Healthy Best for the discount code.

How are the race shirts sized?
The UM Health-West Way 5K shirts are unisex.

Am I guaranteed a shirt?
Participants must register before 8am on July 8 to receive a t-shirt while supplies last.

What do the shirts look like?
Watch for details!

My child wants to run or walk the 5K with me. Can they participate in the 5K?
Yes, your child can participate in the 5K by officially registering and paying the race entry fee. There are also free YMCA Kids Races before the 5K Race they may participate in as well.

Do I have to run the 5K?
The UM Health-West Way 5K is a run and walk so whether you run, skip, walk or hop – all levels of exercise are welcome!

Where do the proceeds of the UM Health-West Way 5K go?
The funds raised for the UM Health-West Way 5K will benefit UM Health-West’s community health initiatives. As a nonprofit community hospital, UM Health-West strives to offer free and low-cost health screens, services, fitness classes and educational seminars to the community.

How do I become a sponsor of the UM Health-West Way 5K?
Contact the UM Health-West Hospital Foundation for information about sponsorship levels and opportunities. Call (616)252-5000 or e-mail

How are the awards divided?

  • Overall Male & Female
  • Master Male & Female

1st place for Male & Female in the following age groups:

  • 0-14
  • 15-19
  • 20-29
  • 30-39
  • 40-49
  • 50-59
  • 60 and over 

Still have questions?
You can e-mail