I have already registered but now I want to join a team. How do I do this? If you have already registered yourself, please call us at (269) 341-8100 or email us at Let us know the name of the team you would like to join and we will add you. 

We will Can we pick up our t-shirts and packets before the day of the event? Early packet pick up will be help on Friday, September 22 from 11am - 2pm and Saturday, September 23 from 10am - 3pm in Bronson's Gilmore Center, downtown Kalamazoo (across Walnut Street from the Emergency Department). 

How do we submit cash or check donations? You can mail checks to the Bronson Health Foundation, 301 John Street, Kalamazoo 49007 or drop them off prior to the event. You may also drop them off at early packet pick up or in one of the donation boxes at the event on Sunday. Donation boxes will be located at the onsite registration tables as well as the pre-registered packet pick up tables.

Make sure to have the team name or participant name accompanies the cash or check to ensure it is credited to the correct person.

Are dogs allowed? Dogs are allowed at the event. We ask that your dog be kept on a short leash at all times. We request that those who are running or walking with their dog line up toward the back of the crowd as to avoid other runners/walkers from tripping over your dog or their leash. 

Are stollers allowed? Strollers are allowed. We request that those running or walking with strollers line up toward the back of the crowd. 

Where do I park? Due to the anticipated attendance, please arrive with plenty of time to find parking. Parking is available on certain streets surrounding downtown as well as multiple downtown parking ramps. Click here for downtown Kalamazoo parking information. Parking is free throughout downtown on Sundays. NO event parking is allowed in Bronson’s Emergency Department Parking Lot or the Emergency Department Overflow Parking Lot on John Street.

Do I have to fundraise or can I just participate in the walk or run?  It is not required to fundraise or seek sponsors to participate this event; however, you are welcome to do so and we try to make that easy for you! 

Can we register the day of the event? Yes, you can register the day of the event. However, we highly encourage you do sign up online prior to the event to avoid long lines. 

Is the event canceled if it rains? The Run & Walk will occur rain or shine! 

If someone gives me a check or cash donation, how can I add to my participant page to reflect on my fundraising goal? You can mail or drop off your checks or cash to the Bronson Health Foundation at 301 John Street, Box C, Kalamazoo MI 49004. You can also bring with you on the day of the event. In both options, please ensure the participant name or team name is associated with the checks or cash so it can be counted toward the correct team.

Will there be awards? Yes! We provide medals to the winners in each catergory! And all children 13 and younger will receive a participation ribbon. We  have a small awards ceremony beginning at 2:15pm. Awards will be given to the top male and female runners, the top male and female MASTERS winners (40+) as well as the top three male and top three females in each of the age categories. The age categories are as follows:

  • 10 & under Division; 
  • 11-13 Division; 
  • 14-18 Division; 
  • 19–24 Division; 
  • 25-29 Division; 
  • 30-34 Division; 
  • 35-39 Division; 
  • 40-44 Division; 
  • 45-49 Division; 
  • 50-54 Division; 
  • 55-59 Division; 
  • 60-64 Division; 
  • 65-69 Division; 
  • 70 & Over Division

Can I buy additional T-shirts? T-shirts are available after the event is complete.  They will be for sale onsite after the Run/Walk and also sold in the Bronson Hospital South Campus Gift Shop for $10.

What do the tech shirts look like this year and how much do they cost? You can purchase an additional tech shirt when you register. Click here to see the color and style of the long-sleeved shirt. Click here to see the color and style of the short-sleeved shirt.

How can I volunteer to help at the event? We can always use more volunteers! Please send an email to if you are interested in volunteering.

What are Excitement Zones? Excitement Zones are various locations throughout the route for family, friends, and spectators to gather and cheer on our runners and walkers! We encourage you to make fun and supportive signs and bring your enthusiasm as we support the participants throughout the 5k! 
Excitement Zones will be set up at the following locations. These areas will be for family, friends and spectators to cheer and support our runners and walkers!

  1. Bronson Advanced Radiology Services, 524 S. Park Street
  2. Corner of Davis and Cedar Street
  3. Bronson Park, 200 S. Rose Street 
  4. Corner of Park and Eleanor Street
  5. Corner of Eleanor & Burdick Street 
  6. Near Gazelle Sports, S.Kalamazoo Mall
  7. WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, 300 Portage Street
  8. Finish Line, Corner of John Street and Lovell Street

Where does the money raised from this event go? As southwest Michigan’s only children’s hospital, Bronson Children’s Hospital is committed to maintaining a full complement of pediatric specialists to treat seriously ill and injured children. Your generous support helps ensure the high level of pediatric care that children and their families count on will be here when they need it. By coming together, we can help secure the future of children’s healthcare in our community.