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On Your Mark, Get Set: Let’s Go Run the Spectrum Health Danish Dash 5K

Greenville, MI – July 27, 2018 – Preparations for the Spectrum Health Danish Dash are well underway. Whatever one’s fitness level, the Spectrum Health Danish Dash has something for everyone. It is a USA Track & Field certified 5K and also includes a 1-mile walk and a half-mile fun run for kids—and you don’t have to be Danish to participate.

“The Danish Festival is proud to have the opportunity to partner with Spectrum Health and transition the Road Run into a 5K starting with the 2018 Danish Festival,” said Kristen Griffes, Danish Festival Executive Director. “This would have been the 41st Danish Festival Road Run and we feel it is the perfect time to grow the run by transitioning to a 5K as well as offering the 1-mile walk, kids fun run and the Dress like a Dane costume contest. We are very excited to see the Danish costumes the participants come up with.”

The Danish Dash will begin and end at Baldwin Heights Elementary School, 821 West Oak Street, Greenville, on Saturday, August 18. The race begins at 8:00 a.m. on Faber Street. The walk begins at 8:10 a.m., and the kids fun run will begin at 9:30 a.m.

The 5K participants will run through Tower Park, past historic Manoka Lake, and around Baldwin Lake. The course provides a scenic view of Taylor Hops and will conclude with a gradual hill up Marvel Drive.

“We are planning many fun and motivational surprises along the course,” said Jill Plate, race director. “Spectrum Health is excited to partner with the YMCA to offer our Veggie Van experience. The Veggie Van is a pop-up farmers market that will be handing out free, locally-grown produce during the race, while supplies last.”

To receive a discounted registration price and guarantee a t-shirt, complete the early registration available now through 11:59 August 1 at Registration will continue to be open at the regular price and t-shirts will be available while they last from August 2 through 7:30 a.m. on race day.

“To help you prepare for the race, please join Flo’s Pizzeria Ristorante & Sports Bar and Spectrum Health for packet pick up and the Eat Pasta… Run Fasta event on Friday, August 17 from 5 – 7:00 p.m. at Flo’s located at 107 S. Lafayette Street, Greenville,” said Davide Uccello, Flo’s Collection President. “We will be serving a dinner of spaghetti with meat or tomato sauce, a breadstick and salad, for $5 for 5K participants and hosting a gathering after the race at 11:00 a.m.”

The Danish Dash is endorsed by The Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and part of the 2018 Michigan Fitness Foundation Challenge. The challenge encourages Michiganders to engage with events that promote physical activity, health and wellness

For more information, visit, email or call 616.225.6420.


Spectrum Health, 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, 4,200 medical staff experts, 3,200 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, 220 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 $459 million in community benefit in the last fiscal year. 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.

Kelly Johnson
Communications Specialist
Office: 616.225.6419
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