Grand Rapids 2018

This is our fifth year hosting the Bootlegger in West Michigan.  We have changed the date by a few weeks, but you can still expect the same great race!   Run through the candle-lit woods of Merrill Trails with your headlamp or flashlight.  Each mile will be marked by bluegrass music.  Once you make it to the finish line, there will be live music and moonshine cocktails for all!  This 5K is great for the casual runner/walker and the serious trail racers.  Just like our bootleggin’ ancestors, see if you can make it through the moonlit woods to get to the stompin’ grounds, where you can enjoy moonshine cocktails  and flatfoot it to live music.

When and Where

Friday September 28th, 2018

Art Van Sports Complex
3300 Ten Mile Rd.
Rockford, MI 49431

Schedule of Events

Early Packet Pickup Location TBD
Race Day: Friday, Sept 8th
  • Packet Pickup: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Pre-race Meeting: 7:35 PM
  • Race Start: 7:45 PM
  • Awards: 8:55 PM (approximately, depending on finishers)
  • Music and Drinks until 10:00 PM

Entry Fees

Capacity 550

Through March 15th Through June  15th Through September 1st  Through Race Day
5k Individual $32 $36 $42 $45
Spectator* $15

*Spectator pass is not required to watch the event.  The spectator pass will get the purchaser a commemorative glass and two moonshine cocktails.

What You Get With Your Registration

  • Soft Cotton gender specific Race T-Shirt (2017 race shirt shown!  (Register by September 18th to guarantee a shirt.)

Men's T-shirt Women's T-shirt

  • Post-race food and beverages
  • Two moonshine drink tickets for those over the age of 21
  • Post-race LIVE bluegrass concert
  • Commemorative moonshine mason jar

Timing / Awards

The Moonlight Bootlegger 5K will be chip timed.

Awards to the top 3 overall males and top 3 overall females. Awards to the top 3 males and females in the following age groups in each race: 20 and under, 21-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+


Parking will be available on site at The Art Van Sports Complex ($5 per car fee)

Rules & Guidelines


In the event the race should be canceled for reasons beyond the control of the Race Director or Race Committee (inclement weather or unsafe weather conditions; local, state or national emergency), refunds will not be made, but race packets, including race shirts, will be available at a location to be determined. Information will be available on the race website.

No refunds for any reason will be issued for this event within 30 days of the event start date. Earlier than 30 days before the event, a request may be made for a 50% refund (this will be 50% of entry fee, excluding any processing fees). Entries CANNOT be transferred or deferred to another event or year. NO EXCEPTIONS will be made to this policy. By registering for this event you agree to this refund policy.

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