2017 Schedule of Events FAQs

Hello Brainy Day Trail Run Participants!!!

I thought it would be prudent to answer some basic race questions since we are just eighteen days away from RACE DAY!  I hope this is helpful to you, but as always email me at brainyday5k@gmail.com if you have other questions or send us a message on facebook.

Q:  Where is the race? I have never heard of the Brainy Day Trail?

A:  The Brainy Day Trail was created by my husband and is located on our private property at 16489 124th Avenue in Nunica, MI  49448.  This is the best kept secret in trail running in West Michigan.  The 10k is killer!!!

Q:  How do I get there?

A:  Below are directions or follow your smart phone’s advice that should work too! Google Address

FROM Grand Rapids: Head WEST on I-96 to the Spring Lake Grand Haven exit go 1.5 miles to 124th turn left (south) and we are the first place on the right (west) side of the road.

FROM Muskegon: Head EAST on I-96 to the Spring Lake/Grand Haven exit.  Turn Left (south) at end of exit ramp to M-104 Turn right (east) Access it easily from M104- head south on 124th Avenue and we are the first place on the right.  From Leonard head north on 124th and we are the last place on the left.

Q:  Where and when is packet pick-up?

A:  Packet pick up is the morning of the race starting at 6:30 a.m. in our garage look for signs when you arrive and our volunteers will help you too.  They will be wearing safety vests and past year Brainy Day t-shirts and look super excited to be there!  They do accept donuts as bribes for prime parking spaces!

 Q:  Can I sign up on race day?

A: Yes you can! It is $32 for the 5K, $42 for the 10k. We accept cash or check written to Brainy Day 5K. On-line registration CLOSES (August 16th) at midnight. Come early to register morning of the race. We recommend 6:30am for the 10k and no later than 7:45 for the 5k!

Q:  Is this a real trail run?

A:  Yes this is a legit, cross country style, non-repeating trail run complete with hills, sand, thorns, wildlife, a pond and challenging terrain.  It is amazingly beautiful and fun for all fitness levels. Regardless, of if you are looking to set a new course record or take a leisurely stroll, the course will be a great experience for you!  One more trail related important item.  If you are allergic to bees please bring an epi pen; we have removed a few hives along the course and think that we have them all, but there are chances of bees along the way – since you are running in the woods – and safety is our utmost concern.  The 10K has some killer hills so prepare to be challenged!

Q:  Can I bring a stroller on the course?

A: Strollers are not recommended for the run because of the challenging nature of the course. There are areas that are too narrow for a stroller. For the walk, there is an abbreviated course that a stroller might be okay, but it should be a jogging-type stroller.

Q: Can I bring my dog?

A:  Bringing your dogs is encouraged. Make sure you are tethered to your pooch by a leash no longer than six feet.

Q: What time should I arrive?

A:  If you are preregistered, we recommend arriving around 7am for the 10K or 7:30am for the 5k. As we mentioned earlier, if you plan on registering on the morning of the race, then we recommend no later than 6:30am for the 10K or 7:00am for the 5k.

Q:  Why is it called Brainy Day?

A:  It is called Brainy Day because I, Race Director Vern, developed hydrocephalus-water-on-the-brain as an adult and I wanted a way to give back to others suffering from this chronic condition.  I really wanted a fun family event to help raise awareness about it because I had never heard of hydrocephalus before I got sick.  I am thrilled that it has since expanded to help those with all brain conditions or injuries and that because of my passion we have donated over $100,000 to the cause.  Hydrocephalus affects 2 in every 1000 births in the U.S. annually and many other adults like myself who develop it after brain trauma,  infection or, like me, for no apparent reason at all.  Over the years, the money raised has supported various neurological support organizations, most recently Helen Devos Children’s Hospital.  We are now in the process of becoming our own nonprofit and plan to develop local programming to help those suffering from such conditions.

Q:  Can I walk the course?

A:  Yes we have about 20% of our participants who walk.  There are two options for our walkers. The regular 5K distance course and the abbreviated 1ish mile loop.  Both are beautiful!  The shorter route accommodates strollers and is less demanding while the longer one would be tough to navigate with a stroller or wheelchair and is a more vigorous workout!

Q: Are there any awards at Brainy Day?

A:  Yes for the 5k there are awards given for overall top three male and female finishers as well as our age group top three finishers.  And we’ve listened to the people and are offering 5 year age groups for again this year!   For the 10k, there are awards for the top three overall finishers and for the top finisher in each age group.  There is also a gift basket for a randomly selected individual who preregistered for the race.  This award was sponsored by the planning committee because pre-registrations are important to help us plan for the event and saves us money so we want to encourage pre-registration!  But wait there’s more!!!  This year we will have special prizes for the top 3 over all male and female runners of each distance.

Q:  Is there a kid’s run?

A:  Yes There is a free kid’s fun run planned.  It has been named “Deny’s Dash” in honor of Deny a Haitian orphan who, like myself, suffers from hydrocephalus.  He was abandoned as an infant because his parents realized he needed medical help and could not provide it for him.  He lived in the hospital for five years and then moved to God’s Littlest Angels where he has lived for five years!  Deny now leads a very full life and was recently adopted by his forever family!  Veronica’s family sponsored Deny financially each month and she traveled to Haiti to meet Deny in January 2016 shortly before his adoption was finalized!    The kids get a goodie bag and bib so make sure you stop by the Deny’s Dash Kids Run table at registration to sign your kids up!  It will be held at approximately 8:45!

Q:  Is there a Bag Check?

A:  No. But you park close enough that you can use your trip to the car as your warm up!

I hope this answers most of your race day questions.  If you have other questions please email me at brainyday5k@gmail.com and I will respond as soon as possible or you can call me old school, on an old fashioned, land line at 616-837-6242.



Brainy Day 5K/10K Schedule of Events

Saturday August 19, 2017

6:00am: Volunteer Check-in

6:30am:  Registration opens (Packet pick-up)

7:30 am: Pre-race announcements

7:45am: Beneficiary Organization announcements

7:55am: National Anthem-Kirby Chittenden

8:00am: 10K Run Start

8:10am 10K announcements

8:15am Donor Recognition Announcements

8:30am Start 5K Race

Ongoing Race Announcements

8:45am Deny’s Dash Fun Run

9:15-10:00am: Race results, awards ceremony and post-race refreshments!

We are looking forward to this year’s event and hope to see you at the finish line!

Veronica Constantine
Race Director Brainy Day Trail Run

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