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Frequently Asked Questions about the Metro Way 5K

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 [email protected]

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 

Will bathrooms be available?
Portajons will be available near check-in and along the
course near the water station.

Can I bring my dog?
While we love furry friends, dogs are not allowed at this
event, with the exception of service dogs. It’s expected
to be a hot day, so please leave your dog at home – not
in your car – during the event.

Is someone taking photos?
Yes! We will post photos on our Facebook page during,
after and in the days following the race. Visit our photo
booth, too! Join the fun using #MetroWay5K.

Can I listen to music on the route?
Yes, however, we recommend that you only use one
earbud and be alert to your surroundings.

What should I eat/drink before the race?
Try to eat about 2 hours prior to the race. Keep it light
and simple – a bowl of oatmeal with dried fruit, banana,
sports bar or bagel with peanut butter, for example. Be
sure to drink plenty of water all day (and after the run).
You can also have a small snack right before the race.

Is food provided?
Yes! A number of sponsors are generously donating free
food/water for participants.

What if I get sick/injured during the race?
The UM Health-West Sports Medicine first aid station
will be located next to the start/finish line on Main Street.
In addition, there will be an aid station and volunteers
posted along the route to monitor participants.
If you feel ill or have recently been ill with fever,
vomiting, diarrhea or chest discomfort, please consider
withdrawing from the race or consult with medical staff at
the first aid station prior to the start of the race.

If I toss clothing during the 5K, will I be able to
claim it later?

No, anything left on the course will be donated to charity
or thrown away.

How can I find my official race time?
Results will be posted at the event, or you can use this
link to find your bib number and/or check post-race

Still have questions?
You can e-mail [email protected]