The Salvation Army to Partner with West Michigan Sports Commission for Yule Run, I’ll Walk Family Fun Event

Grand Rapids, MI November 20, 2014 – For the fifth year in a row, The Salvation Army will be partnering with the West Michigan Sports Commission during the Yule Run, I’ll Walk Family Fun Event. The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services canteen will provide free hot chocolate and hot apple cider before, during and after the event. The Salvation Army Brass Band will also be on location, playing a selection of traditional Christmas carols. In addition, the race site has been established as an official “Angel Tree Program” donation site. Donated toys should be new and unwrapped for children ages infant to 16 years old. By participating in the program, each donor’s name will be entered to win one of two pair of Brooks running shoes.


The 5th Annual Yule Run, I’ll Walk is a family-oriented event that gives participants the ability to preview the Christmas Lite Show at Fifth Third Ballpark before its opening to the general public. The Yule Run, I’ll Walk course will contain approximately 1 million lights with over forty creative and animated displays that participants will be able to enjoy during the two lap tour.


This year’s race will begin at 7:00 p.m. starting at A.J’s Family Fun Center, 4400 Ball Park Drive, NE in Comstock Park. Online registration is now open at and on-site registration will be available from 12:00 noon – 6:30 p.m., the day of the race. The public is invited and encouraged to attend


About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to


About West Michigan Sports Commission

The mission of the West Michigan Sports Commission is to promote Michigan’s West Coast as the premier venue for hosting a diverse level of youth and amateur sporting events, enhancing the economy and quality of life in the region.

Media Contacts

West Michigan Sports Commission:

Katy Tigchelaar

Kim Skeltis, Blue Blaze PR

Meijer State Games of Michigan:

Eric Engelbarts, II

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