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Grand Bridges 5K Running or Walking Tour

The city of Grand Rapids was born alongside a one mile stretch of spectacular rapids on our Grand River, the Owashtanong (meaning Far-away-water, because of its length). The pure, rushing waterway was absolutely integral to GR’s explosive growth in the 19th century, especially after bridges were built to connect the east and west banks. Today, eight bridges, not counting highway bridges, carry vehicle traffic between the Wealthy Street Bridge and the North Park Bridge. There are also six railroad bridges; 2 are still in use, 2 are pedestrian and 2 are rails-to-trails. Enjoy criss-crossing the historic spans as we weave our way from the south to north and back again on a section of the longest river in the state of Michigan. Breathtaking for
its beauty and exercise, this route is a must-experience for urban bridge and river aficionados. Along the way, catch nostalgic glimpses of times gone by – the river of history – and appreciate its irrepressible flow into the future.

Grand Bridges 5K Running or Walking Tour
  • Times:  BY APPOINTMENT
  • June 16, 2017
  • All tours start/end downtown JW Marriott Lobby, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • $20 per person
  • Recurring daily