The 37th Annual Kalamazoo Klassic Introduces New Team Challenge Competition, Earns Governor’s Council Endorsement; Registration is Now OPEN!

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Experience the Thrill, the Will, the Hill!  The 37th Annual Kalamazoo Klassic 10k Run, 5k Run/Walk and Kids’ Klassic are scheduled for June 19th and 20th, 2015.

Registration is now OPEN at

Presented in partnership by Kalamazoo Area Runners (KAR) and MRC Industries, Inc., new this year we are pleased to introduce the Team Challenge sponsored by Rose Street Advisors.  Teams of 3 – 5 runners compete for awards in the 5k and 10k Runs.  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.

In addition, the 2015 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 Pure Michigan FITness Series program endorses local, regional and statewide events that are consistent with the Governor’s Council and the Michigan Fitness Foundation mission to promote healthy choices while offering a physical activity event that is open to all participants, regardless of skill level or age.  The Kalamazoo Klassic leads by example in providing a safe, healthy physical activity event for Michigan residents.

The 10k serves as the 2015 Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) Regional Championship Race.

The Kids’ Klassic 1k and 2k event, organized by Gazelle Sports, is Friday evening, June 19th at 6:00pm and starts at the Maple YMCA.  The Kalamazoo Klassic 10k Run and 5k Run/Walk is Saturday morning, June 20th.  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.

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. Each year, more than 1,400 participants take part in this community tradition.

Proceeds benefit MRC Industries, Inc. (, a local non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization with the mission to provide support and encouragement to 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 1,400 members.

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