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Registration is OPEN for the 2018 Kalamazoo Klassic 5k Run & Walk, 10k Run and Kids’ Klassic!

March 1, 2018 by  
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2018 Kalamazoo Klassic
Registration for the 2018 Kalamazoo Klassic, Kids’ Klassic & Team Challenge is now OPEN! The 40th annual event, presented in partnership by Kalamazoo Area Runners (KAR) and MRC Industries, Inc., will be held June 15th and 16th, 2018.

What’s NEW for our 40th?

Commemorative Finisher Medals
Thanks to the generosity of Mercantile Bank, we are pleased to announce all 5k run/walk and 10k run participants will receive a commemorative 40th anniversary medal upon crossing the finish line.

Soft Weave Shirts
We are pleased to announce NEW this year, 5k run/walk and 10k run participants will receive a soft weave polyester/rayon/cotton blend shirt.

Maple Hill Climb Challenge (10k)
Thanks to the generosity of Macs Sports Timing, participants in the 10k will automatically be entered into the Maple Hill Climb Challenge, and will be timed from the bottom to the top of Maple Hill. Awards will be given to the top male and female finishers with the fastest Maple Hill ascent in Open, Masters, Grand Masters and Senior Grand Masters divisions.

Team Challenge
The Team Challenge will not be offered for the 2018 Kalamazoo Klassic. We encourage groups to participate in the event and offer groups of 10 or more a $5 discount. Contact Bonnie Sexton for details.

Click here for more information and registration. 

About the Event
Experience the famous Maple Hill in the 10k race, cruise down one of the fastest USATF certified 5k courses in the area or tackle both on Saturday, June 16.

Friday evening, June 15th, kids ages 15 and under participate in the 1K and/or 2K events FREE of charge. T-shirts to the first 300 pre-registered children. The event is capped at 500.

Both the 5k and 10k courses are USATF certified.

Event Date, Time & Location
The Kids’ Klassic 1k and 2k event, organized by Gazelle Sports, is Friday evening, June 15th at 6:00pm and starts on Hudson Street in front of the Maple YMCA.

The Kalamazoo Klassic 10k Run and 5k Run/Walk is Saturday morning, June 16th. The 10k run starts at 7:30am and the 5k run/walk starts at 9:00am, both at the top of the hill on Maple Street.

Mission and Beneficiary
The purpose of the Kalamazoo Klassic is to promote diversity, community and overall health and well-being while raising funds that benefit individuals with disabilities. Last year, 1057 participants took part in this community tradition.

Proceeds benefit MRC Industries, Inc. (, a local non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization with the mission to encourage and support individuals living with a disability to achieve their fullest potential through employment, skill-building and active community involvement.

MRC serves approximately 600 individuals each year with the philosophy that every person is unique, valued and entitled to be treated with respect and dignity. This philosophical framework results in programs and services focused on an individual’s needs, desires, strengths and abilities.

The mission of the Kalamazoo Area Runners ( is to promote a healthy lifestyle through the sport of running while enhancing the quality of life in the community. Kalamazoo Area Runners (KAR) is the largest running club in the state of Michigan with more than 1,100 members.

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