Be a Sponsor

The University of Michigan Health – West Grand Rapids Marathon will run our 21st annual race on Sunday, October 20, 2024

Spend an hour with us and find out why sponsoring the Grand Rapids Marathon can bring valuable visibility and return on investment to your organization.

Call or email to schedule an exploratory meeting. Requests for custom sponsor packages are welcomed and encouraged.

Don Kern, Race Director
(616) 293-3145

West Michigan’s Premier Fall Event

The U-M Health-West Grand Rapids Marathon is one of the most exciting sporting events in West Michigan. Locally “run” and managed, the race has grown steadily since its beginning in 2004. It’s unique in its focus on the natural beauty of West Michigan, rather than the “concrete canyons” and city streets of other races.

Like You, We’re Committed to Our Community

The U-M Health-West Grand Rapids Marathon donates money to the YMCA Strong Kids program, MyTeam Triumph, Kent County Parks and other local charities with a strong community presence.

Like You, We Want to Be Associated with Great People

  • Over 85% of all entrants are in their “earning years” between 18 & 64; 87% were from Michigan.
  • The U-M Health-West Grand Rapids Marathon is a popular course for qualifying for the Boston Marathon. This is a relatively flat, fast course and is an important qualifying opportunity for dedicated runners.

In addition to University of Michigan Health-West’s expanded commitment to the Grand Rapids Marathon through their title sponsorship, other sponsors have joined us to expand our race to include kids, corporate wellness plans, and teams.

For more info, click the links below. Then, contact us to explore the right partnership opportunities for you.

And hey–our runner bags this year take two forms: real and “virtual”. As in on-line. So if you have stuff to insert in the bag, we’ll take it. If it’s printed material, we’re doing it online and sharing it with our whole mailing list. For a sample of the new on-line runner bag, and instructions for submitting your material, click here.