RUnner Registration Details!

 Runner (Over 21) - $30  Registration Includes: 

   - Long Sleeve Race Shirt! (Registered by 10-24-16)

   - Short Sleeve (Registered after 10-24-16)

   - Race Bib

   - GR.1K Oval Car Sticker

   - 2 NoodleMania Sample Tickets

   - Beer Specials - $1 Value Beers, $3 B.O.B Beers

   - Live Bands Featuring "In The Red" and "Skankadank"

 Runner (Under 21/College) - $15  Registration 

   - Short Sleeve Race Shirt
   - Race Bib

   - GR.1K Oval Car Sticker
   - 2 NoodleMania Sample Tickets

   - Live Music

   - Macaroni Art Contest & Activities for Younger Runners


 Ghost Runner - Long Sleeve Race Pack - $30: 
  Can't make the race?  We'll Ship You a Race Pack!
   - Long Sleeve Race Shirt   (Register by November 1st!)
   - Race Bib
   - GR.1K Oval Car Sticker
   - Free Shipping to anywhere in the US

 Ghost Runner - Short Sleeve Race Pack - $20: 
  Can't make the race?  We'll Ship You a Race Pack!
   - Short Sleeve Race Shirt   (Register by November 7th)
   - Race Bib
   - GR.1K Oval Car Sticker
   - Free Shipping to anywhere in the US!


  New This Year! - Team Prizes!  

  - Biggest Team! Best Name! Most Creative Concept!

   On the Registration page you will be able to......

            *  FORM A TEAM

            * JOIN A TEAM


2015 Sponsors!

Title Sponsor


GOLD Sponsors


Herman Miller

Laser Resources

Finish Line Sponsors


Vitale's Comstock

Owen Larsen Foundation


Townsquare media

Mlive / GR Press

Midwest Safety

Grand Rapids Allergy

Anchor Realty

Starting Line Sponsors

Baird Company

TuffTurf Molebusters

Miller Zell

Dun & Bradstreet

Cookies by design

Carelinc Medical

Fox 17

Plachta, Murphy and Assoc.

special thanks

for their Generous support: 

Mark Albenze, the Beemer family , Diane Friar , Dennis Echelbarger, The Sorini Family , The Guzman family , Uncle Ed Mead, The maxim Family, Mike and DeAnne Friar, Kyle and Jodie Smith,  Andrew and Kathy Smith, The Vitale Family, The Lankfer Family, The Moceri Family, Dave and Susan Huizen, The Fongers Family, Pete and Carol Friar, The Gaydou Family, the vanderHoff family, the bardelli family, the warnke family , the kok family, the dague family


Fifth Third Bank Races to the B.O.B.


2016 GR.1K Races at the B.O.B.

Noon - Saturday November 5, 2016

Friar Fight

to End Duchenne

Take part in a "world class" .1K road race that starts on one side of "The B.O.B."and finishes on the other.  That's right. We are running halfway around Grand Rapid's favorite "Big Old Building", because the whole way is just too far!  Don't worry, you will be able show everyone what a great athlete you are when you put that .1K sticker on your car - yeah, you're that awesome!  Register by October 25, and get upgraded from the standard short sleeve race shirt to a super-sweet (and warmer!) long sleeve version. All proceeds from the GR.1K will be donated to the Parent Project in an effort to cure Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

There's More at the Post Race Party!

The 2016 GR.1K will include a post race party that includes fun activities for the whole family!  Live Music will keep runners shaking their booties all afternoon!   And that is not all!  There will be an "IRON CHEF" competition for 6 lucky racers teamed with Gilmore Collection Chefs to see who can whip up a crazy good pasta dish in 30 minutes! Beer specials will address any rehydration issues while the more refined runner may choose....tasty craft brews from The B.O.B!   Bloody Mary Bar opens at 9am for those wanted to up their vitamin C levels.  This year we will be honoring past runners with our very own HALL of FAME!

GR.1K - A Race to End Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Mike and DeAnne Friar, are the parents of two boys, Kevin and Kyle, with Duchenne.  Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed in childhood, affecting approximately 1 in every 3,500 live male births (about 20,000 new cases each year worldwide). Because the Duchenne gene is found on the X-chromosome, it primarily affects boys; however, it occurs across all races and cultures. Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy’s mission is to end Duchenne: accelerate research, raise our voices in Washington, demand optimal care for all young men, and educate the global community.  Close to a dozen West Michigan families have boys with this deadly disease.

This years race will be limited to 2,000 runners so make sure to register early.  

Breaking News!

November 5, 2016

Sponsor the GR.1K!

Gold Sponsor  $1000

Name on All Printed Materials

Logo on Tshirt

12 Race Entries

Reserved Seating for 12 (2nd Floor Lounge)

Recognition at Awards

Sponsor Plaque!

Finish Line Sponsor $500

Name on All Printed Materials

Logo on Tshirt
4 Race Entries
Reserved Seating for 4 (2nd Floor - Bobarinos)
Recognition at Awards

Starting Line Sponsor - $300

Name on All Printed Materials

Name on T-shirt

4 Race Entries

Please submit Sponsorship prior to October 24 to be included in printed materials.


TRace Around

The B.O.B!

GR.1K Training Tips!

with David Dyer & Kevin Yon

Race Photos and Sponsors!

Visit our NEW Website at

2016 GR.1K - "Fifth Third Bank Races to End Duchenne"
Date/Time:   Noon, November 5th
Location:      The B.O.B - (The Big Old Building)
                    20 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids MI 49503.
                    Phone 616.356.2000

Race Packet Pick Up Times 

(Late Registration is also available -Cash of Check (payable to PPMD):
Friday 3:30-6:30pm - B.O.B. - 1st Floor (H.O.M.E Bar)
Saturday 9am -11:30am B.O.B - 1st Floor (H.O.M.E Bar)

Saturdays Event Schedule:
9-11:30 am    Race Packet Pick Up/Registration - Pre-Hydration!
9-11:30am     Kids Macaroni Art Contest - Lower Level
Noon             GR.1K 

12:05            GR.1K FINISH!!!!
12:30pm        GR.1K Post Race Party!  -

                     - Award Ceremony!
                     - Beer Specials
                     - Art Contest Voting
1pm          Live Musil in the Lounge - "The Lounge" -2nd Floor

                     Other great music on other levels         
1:30pm     Iron Chef! -  3rd Floor
2pm          Art Contest Winners Announced - Bobarino's 2nd Floor

3pm          Iron Chef and Team Winners Announced
5pm         Start thinking about dinner!