Cancer, Community

Go Away Winter!

Time to register for the Spectrum Health Irish Jig 5K

Runners start the race during the Spectrum Health Irish Jig 5K. (Taylor Ballek | Spectrum Health Beat)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., March 1, 2019 – Despite the cold, snow, ice and wind that have been a challenging part of this West Michigan winter, the unofficial running season will get underway with the Spectrum Health Irish Jig 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, March 16.

The event seeks to raise funds and awareness for colorectal cancer prevention and treatment. Online registration for the 36th Annual “Jig,” held in East Grand Rapids, is available at People who register online by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, will receive a discounted rate.

The Irish Jig is recognized as one of Michigan’s premier 5K races and was voted West Michigan’s #1 5K race through Stellafly.

Participation is limited to 4,500 runners/walkers. All registered participants will receive a long-sleeved technical shirt. Throughout the onsite registration and event, there will be a free health expo in East Grand Rapids High School. New Irish Jig merchandise including hats, socks and shirts will also be available to purchase at the event, as well as online:

The 2019 Irish Jig will feature one “staggered” start beginning at 8:30 a.m. Walkers will start after all runners have crossed the starting line at approximately 8:45 a.m.

The Spectrum Health Cancer Center offers the most comprehensive colorectal cancer program in West Michigan. A multispecialty team of experts provides the latest colorectal cancer screening techniques and a full range of personalized treatment options to achieve the best outcomes. To learn more about the Spectrum Health colorectal cancer program, visit

If you have been diagnosed with cancer and would like a consultation or second opinion, call Spectrum Health Cancer Center at 1.855.SHCANCER (855.742.2623).



Spectrum Health System, a not-for-profit, integrated health system, is committed to improving the health and wellness of our communities. We live our mission every day with 31,000 compassionate professionals, 4,600 medical staff experts, 3,300 committed volunteers and a health plan serving 1 million members. Our talented physicians and caregivers are privileged to offer a full continuum of care and wellness services to our communities through 14 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, 150 ambulatory sites and telehealth offerings. We pursue health care solutions for today and tomorrow that diversify our offerings. Locally-governed and based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, our health system provided $585 million in community benefit in fiscal year 2019. Thanks to the generosity of our communities, we received $30 million in philanthropy in the most recent fiscal year to support research, academics, innovation and clinical care. Spectrum Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM.

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