Welcome to the Mercy Health, Armed Services Marathon, 1/2 Marathon & 5K


September 19 through October 10

Formerly known as The Oktoberfest Marathon, 1/2 Marathon & 5K, The Armed Services Marathon, 1/2 Marathon & 5K was scheduled for Saturday, September 26. This year, all the details, permits, volunteers, professional services and other logistics were in place and ready for you. Then, in March, COVID-19 crashed into everyone's world causing total disarray in every facet of everyone's business and lives. Since our event was scheduled for end of September, we hoped and believed the reopening of our State would be at "Phase 5" which would enable our event to take place. Unfortunately, the state of the State is still at "Phase 4" and as such, this allows only 100 "people" (not necessarily participants) at outdoor gatherings and events and as such our event could not take place. Since March, we had been involved in online webinars 1 to 2 times a week with industry leaders and industry governing authorities. We served on the State's Michigan Outdoor Recreation Reopening Workgroup which established COVID-19 protocols for outdoor gatherings/events. We have been in constant contact with fellow RD's (locally, State and Nationally), industry leaders, industry governing authorities, State DNR, Attorney General's Office, Spring Lake Village, law enforcement, EMS and County Health Department discussing would could be done to ensure a safe, quality event.

Due to the state of the State and the limitations of "Phase 4", we have converted this year's event to a virtual outing. This is YOUR opportunity to do YOUR event on YOUR time and a course of YOUR choosing. Please click on the "VIRTUAL DETAILS" tab at the top of the page for all the details and benefits. After reading all the details, feel free to contact us if you have any other questions.


Ron Knoll