A Runner From Every State!
Some runners “collect states” with a goal in mind to run a marathon in all fifty states. The Kalamazoo Marathon took this idea and turned it on it’s head—the goal of our 50-State Challenge is to get a registrant from each of the fifty states (plus DC) to run our marathon.
To entice runners, we award the first registrant from each state with a new pair of New Balance running shoes, free race entry, a free meal ticket, and access to their own VIP tent at Tent City on race day. Winners must be present to collect; shoes, reimbursement of registration fee, and meal ticket will be awarded in person only.
Please note, the 50-State Challenge applies only to the full Marathon race event.
This challenge is possible due to the generosity of our 50-State Challenge sponsors, the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport and New Balance.
We got ‘em all!
RACE DAY LOGISTICS
PACKET PICKUP & FREE RUNNING SHOES
If you are in Kalamazoo on Saturday (May 3) you will need to come to the Expo at Wings Stadium (3600 Vanrick Drive, Kalamazoo) between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Packet pickup is setup inside the Expo. From there, find the 50-State Challenge booth (next to the New Balance booth) where we will be awarding 50-State Challenge winners with a pair of New Balance Running Shoes, reimbursement for registration fee, and a meal deal ticket for race day. You will need to be there in person and present a photo identification.
If you are not in town for the Expo on Saturday, you may pick up your packet and prizes on Race Day (Sunday, May 4) at the 50-State Challenge tent (next to Gear Check in Tent City at the start/finish line) from 6:30 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. (NOTE: general race-day packet pickup is at the Fitness Center, so DO NOT follow the signs for Packet Pickup—as a courtesy we are providing one-stop service at the 50-State Challenge tent next to the Start/Finish)
RACE DAY LOGISTICS
Look for the 50-State Challenge banner at the north end of Tent City next to the start/finish line on Race Day (May 4), conveniently located next to Gear Check.
GROUP PHOTO – please arrive at the 50-State Challenge tent at 7:20 a.m. for a group photo at 7:30 promptly with all the 50-State Challenge winners. We encourage you to wear your race shirt for the group photo.
As described above, if you are unable to attend the Expo on Saturday, we will be doing packet pickup and disbursement of 50-State Challenge perks at the 50-State Challenge tent on Race Day. If you are also participating in the Earn Your Mittens challenge, you will find the Earn Your Mittens check-in/packet pickup right next to each other for your convenience.