The 11th year of the Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon is Oct. 19. It seems like yesterday when the event was born.
In October 2003, when the Millennium Park was being developed, we explored some of the trails being paved in connection with the project. My running buddy (and co-conspirator) Shawn Sweet and I were doing math along the way.
Our conclusion: “A couple of 13-mile out-and-back loops, and we could put on a marathon here.”