Grand Explorers’ Trail Race

Grand River Park to Grand Ravines Park

10K • 5K • 1 Mile Kids Run/Walk
June 22, 2024 @ 8:00 am


The 2nd Annual Grand Explorers’ Trail Race

Run through two beautiful Ottawa County Parks in one race! #2Parks1Race

What can we say? This trail race is Grand: Grand River, Grand Ravines, Grand bridges, and Grand views!

The course starts at Grand River County Park winding you through a natural surface trail until you hit the newly completed Idema Explorers Trail segment that leads you along the Grand River to Grand Ravines County Park. As you enter Grand Ravines, you will see an old covered bridge and go up a small incline to a spectacular view of the river. If you’re lucky, you might even see the resident bald eagles out fishing.

If you are running (or walking!) the 5K, you will turn around at this point. If you are running the 10K, you will continue to wind yourself through Grand Ravines Park, around the dog park, through the meadow, across the Idema suspension bridge, and back through the woods to Grand River Park. Sounds pretty grand, doesn’t it?


*Mileage is approximate


*Mileage is approximate

1 Mile

1-mile kids fun run!

Bridging Community To Nature

Why another trail race? Because we want to celebrate our amazing Ottawa County Parks and the projects the Ottawa County Parks Foundation has helped to fund.

Why participate?

  • Because your participation helps support our parks.
  • Your participation will help bring awareness to parks and projects like the Grand River Greenway and the Idema Explorers Trail.
  • Because parks are for everyone.
  • Because parks, nature, and open spaces are essential for our mental and physical health.

Saturday, June 22, 2024, at 8:00 am. It will be here before you know it!
























Grand River Park to Grand Ravines Park via the Idema Explorers Trail

Trail Conditions
This is a trail race but there is a significant part of the trail along the river that is paved. For the 5K, this amounts to about two miles that will be paved. For the 10K, it will be about 2 to 2.5 miles that are paved. The rest of the trail will be dirt or grass complete with roots and uneven ground, and if it rains significantly, could be muddy. The 10K includes some steps.

10K Course

5K Course

1-Mile Kids' Fun Run


Thank you for helping the Ottawa County Parks Foundation fulfill its mission of “Bridging Community to Nature“.
Help us spread the joy of nature to more people by supporting the race or making a donation.







Dr. Barbara Brown & Linda McAffrey

Warren & Nancy Wildeman

Steve Maas Family



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