Cancer, Community

Wheatlake Wellness Walk & 5K Set for May 21

Spectrum Health event supports area cancer patients.

Runners at the start of the 2019 event.

March 24, 2022

BIG RAPIDS, Mich., March 24, 2022 – Runners, walkers and cancer fighters of all ages will once again lace up their sneakers for an in-person Wheatlake Wellness Walk & 5K Saturday, May 21.

 The race/walk will start and end near the Big Rapids Bandshell behind the middle school in Big Rapids. New this year, the 5K route will now head north into Northend Riverside Park and participants will enjoy scenic views along the Big Rapids Riverwalk.

 “We’re delighted that with COVID-19 subsiding we’ll again be able to host an in-person event,” said race organizer Danielle Wells. “For many, this event is an annual reunion in the fight against cancer where the community comes together to honor loved ones lost and to encourage others on their cancer journey.”

Event proceeds benefit the wellness center at the Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Center in Reed City. The wellness center includes a resource library, beauty boutique, gift shop and integrative therapy rooms. Patients have access to services such as massages, acupuncture, reflexology, wig fittings and more. The center hosts support groups and educational sessions to assist patients on the road to recovery.

All wellness services are provided free of charge thanks to generous donations to the Wellness Fund and from events such as the Wheatlake run/walk.

Unlike previous years, there will not be a half marathon or 10K option as the vast majority of participants choose to compete in the 5K or walk. The Kids Dash was also eliminated but children are welcome to participate with registered adults in the 5K run or walk.

Strollers and wheelchairs are welcomed.

The 5K race is timed with medals for top male and female finishers in 12 age divisions.

Registration is $35 for the run, $30 for wellness walk and $25 for a virtual option, available for those who wish to participate individually on their own time. All entries include a 2022 Wheatlake Wellness Walk & 5K race shirt. Kids shirts are also available for $10.

Memorial and encouragement stakes will once again be available for $10 and will be displayed along the start line to honor loved ones.

Packet pick up and late registration will be from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 20 at Big Rapids Hospital Professional Office Building.

You can register or purchase stakes online at


About Spectrum Health

Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system that provides care and coverage, comprising 31,000+ team members, 14 hospitals (including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital), a robust network of care facilities, teams of nationally recognized doctors and providers, and the nation’s third-largest provider-sponsored health plan, Priority Health, currently serving over 1 million members across the state of Michigan.

People are at the heart of everything we do. Locally governed and headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, we are focused on our mission: to improve health, inspire hope and save lives. Spectrum Health has a legacy of strong community partnerships, philanthropy and transparency. Through experience, innovation and collaboration, we are reimagining a better, more equitable model of health and wellness.

Danielle Wells
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