Participants of the family fun run were raring to go at the start of the 1-mile race down Bridge Street in downtown Plainwell. Mike Vanatter holds his grandchildren Lucas Vanatter, 2, and Kaylee Vanatter, 4, up for a better view.This little boy did not complete the family fun run but he did enjoy running past the crowd and hearing them cheer for him.Family fun run participants excitedly crossing the finish line.Runners line up waiting for the 5K/10K race to begin.Chris Robson won first place in the 5K race.Emma (left) and Allison Taylor made signs to cheer on their father Beau Taylor.

Plainwell families race together

By: 
Kayla Deneau, Staff Writer

Hundreds of people gathered in Hicks Park in downtown Plainwell for the seventh annual “Racin’ the Island City” event on Thursday, June 12.

The evening had options for runners of all skill levels with a 1-mile family fun run prior to the beginning of the 5K/10K race through downtown neighborhoods. 
Those completing the 10K race simply ran the 5K loop twice.
 
If the races didn’t interest you, the Plainwell Education Foundation also planned a “Crawlin’ the Island City” pub crawl.
 
Participants received a passport on which they could collect from each participating location—Rhino’s Home­town Pub, Joe’s Pizza and Sports Bar, 10th Street Saloon and the Old Mill Brewpub and Grill.
 
The Plainwell Education Foundation raised approximately $2,500 from the event.
 
Race results were as follows:
 
5K
1st: Chris Robson of Plainwell with a time of 17:51
2nd: Luke Boulter of Plainwell with a time of 18:38
3rd: Isaac Davis of Kalamazoo with a time of 18:41.
 
10K
1st: Scott Evans of Kalamazoo with a time 35:03.
2nd: Mike Waterman of Marcellus with a time of 38:44
3rd: Tim Marsh of Marcellus with a time of 39:30.

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