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WestSide Stride

  • Dates:  April 23, 2019 - October 15, 2019
  • Next Occurrence Sep 24, 2019
  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday
  • Times:  6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Host:  Swift Printing
    Location:  Swift Printing Communications
    404 Bridge Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
  • Phone:  (616) 915-5370
  • Category:  Food/Wine
  • Price Per Person:  Free
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The WestSide Stride is a free community pub run/walking group. Participants of all fitness levels are invited for this weekly event.

What sets the WestSide Stride a part from other running groups is their welcoming atmosphere, support your local businesses mentality and casual approach to fitness. Whether running five minutes and walking the rest or running a seven minute mile, there is always room for one more.

This is the sixth year of the WestSide Stride. Last year there was more than 1300 participants from week to week and the plan is to continue to grow, especially with our new neighbors, Fratelli’s Kitchen & Bar and Mayan Buzz and Ice Cream joining our roster.

“I love Bridge Street,” said Jes Slaydon, Pub Run Coordinator and Community Relations Coordinator at Swift Printing & Communications, Inc., “The WestSide Stride is a perfect example of what happens when people come together to support their neighbors. When we started this in 2014, I knew we’d have fun with it, but didn’t realize the friendships I’d make and how much joy I’d get out of witnessing others making strong relationships as well.”

The group is comprised of all ages, stages of life and fitness levels. Some patrons have come with a friend or family members, where others join the group because they are new to the area or are looking to meet new people in a healthy atmosphere.

The free pub run/walk takes place every Tuesday, April through October, weather permitting. The 5K course includes many sites of downtown and the WestSide. Swift Printing sponsors the event and provides free parking in their parking lot and after attending ten events in a season, patrons receive a free WestSide Stride t-shirt.

The weekly event always starts at Swift Printing & Communications, Inc. (404 Bridge St. NW) Then after the exercise, the group rotates between The Sovengard, Jolly Pumpkin, Fratellis Pizza, Fratellis Kitchen & Bar, Anchor Bar, O’Toole’s, Harmony Hall, One Bourbon, ANDO, Mayan Buzz & Chocolates and The Knickerbocker for food and beverage specials.

For more information please contact Jessica Slaydon at 616-915-5370 or jes@swiftprinting.com Please join our WestSide Stride facebook group. (http://goo.gl/pG0GE2) and follow on Instagram.

2019 Post run/walk meet up locations:
04.02 - Fratellis Kitchen & Bar
04.09 - O’Toole’s Public House
04.16 - Jolly Pumpkin
04.23 - One Bourbon
04.30 - Harmony Hall
05.07 - ANDO
05.14 - The Knickerbocker New Holland Brewing
05.21 - The Sovengard | Biergarten and Kitchen
05.28 - Mayan Buzz Chocolates & Ice Cream
06.04 - Fratelli's Pizza at the Anchor Bar - Kevin’s Birthday
06.11 - Fratellis Kitchen & Bar
06.18 - O’Toole’s Public House
06.25 - Jolly Pumpkin
07.02 - No Run/Walk - Happy 4th of July!
07.09 - One Bourbon
07.16 - Harmony Hall
07.23 - ANDO
07.30 - The Knickerbocker New Holland Brewing
08.06 - The Sovengard | Biergarten and Kitchen
08.13 - Fratelli's Pizza at the Anchor Bar
08.20 - Mayan Buzz Chocolates & Ice Cream
08.27 - Fratellis Kitchen & Bar
09.03 - O’Toole’s Public House
09.10 - Jolly Pumpkin
09.17 - One Bourbon
09.24 - Harmony Hall
10.01 - ANDO
10.08 - The Knickerbocker New Holland Brewing
10.15 - The Sovengard | Biergarten and Kitchen


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The WestSide Stride Community pub run/walk is a group of really cool people that live on the Westside and in the Greater Grand Rapids area. They love their community and enjoy a healthy-ish lifestyle. They are comprised of all fitness levels and many stages of life. Every Tuesday, April - October (weather permitting) the group meets at 6 pm to run/ walk a 5K. After the exercise, they meet up for beverages and dinner at one of the many local Bridge Street establishments. The saying, “there is always room for one more!” is the philosophy for this weekly event.

The group was founded by two WestSide sisters, Jes Gutowski Slaydon and Sam Gutowski when they moved back to GR and wanted to meet people in their community. The WestSide Stride is an organization under Swift Printing & Communications Inc., in efforts with their continued community outreach.

WestSide Stride
  • Times:  6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • April 23, 2019 to October 15, 2019
  • Swift Printing Communications
  • Free
  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday