Registration for the 2016 Kalamazoo Klassic and Kids’ Klassic is now OPEN!

2016 Kalamazoo Klassic
Registration for the 2016 Kalamazoo Klassic, Kids’ Klassic & Team Challenge is now OPEN!  The 38th annual event, presented in partnership by Kalamazoo Area Runners (KAR) and MRC Industries, Inc., will be held June 17th and 18th, 2016.

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 18.

Teams of 3 – 5 runners compete for awards in the 5k and 10k Runs through the Team Challenge, sponsored by Rose Street Advisors. The top three teams in corporate and open divisions win prizes based on age division place of the top three finishing runners on each team.

Friday evening, June 17th, kids ages 15 and under participate in the 1K and/or 2K events FREE of charge thanks to the generous support of Stryker and Gazelle Sports.  T-shirts to the first 300 pre-registered children.  The event is capped at 500.


The 2016 Kalamazoo Klassic has been endorsed by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports and the Michigan Fitness Foundation as a quality physical activity event through the Pure Michigan FITness Series endorsement program.

The 10k and 5k both serve as 2016 Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) State Championship Races.

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 17th at 6:00pm and starts at the Maple YMCA.

The Kalamazoo Klassic 10k Run and 5k Run/Walk is Saturdaymorning, June 18th.  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, more than 1500 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 – 700 people 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 the sport of running as a source of physical, spiritual and social wellness 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 1,500 members.

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