Race Info

Gopher The Gold 5K/10K

July 22, 2018

RiverBends Park

5700 22 Mile Rd.

Shelby Township, MI 48317


8:00 AM Registration / Packet Pick-Up Opens

9:00 AM 5K / 10K Race Start

10:15 AM Kids Run & Special Olympics Fun Run Start

5K / 10K Awards immediately following Kids runs

5K / 10K Events

  • All participants must register before, or on race day.
  • Participants can register for a race, and pre-registrants can pick up their race number and shirt, at the shelter, next to the parking lot.
  • Runner and walkers bib numbers must be visible on their front, when crossing the finish line, for timing and scoring purposes.
  • For safety and liability purposes, pets/rollerblades/strollers/baby-joggers/bicycles are not allowed on the course during the races.

Course Info

  • The 5K & 10K races will start together, at 9:00AM.
  • The 5K race is mostly on a scenic cross country trail, through the woods on the south side of Riverbends Park.
  • The 5K participants will exit the paved path about ¾ mile into the race.

5K Course Map

The 10K race follows a paved trail that crosses the Clinton River, taking runners along the paved trails in Woodall Park, before returning to Riverbends Park, and spending the last two miles on a scenic cross country trail.

10K Course Map

Kids Run & Special Oympics Run

  • At 10:15AM, kids 12 & Under will enjoy a short fun run, in the grassy area north of the registration area. The event is free, and kids need to register. Races will be split into ages 5 & Under, and ages 6 to 12. Awards to all finishers.
  • After the Kids Run, Special Olympics athletes will participate in their own fun run, with awards to all finishers.


  • Trophies to overall male and female grand masters winners
  • Trophies to the overall male and female winners of the 5K & 10K events.
  • Trophies to the overall male and female masters winners of the 5K & 10K events. (Masters runners are 40 years and older)
  • Commemorative medals for all runners.


  • Coming from M53, exit at 23 Mile Rd. Turn West, one mile to Vandyke Ave. Turn left (South), one mile to 22 Mile Rd. Turn right (West), cross Shelby Rd, and Riverbends Park entrance is on the left, just past the railroad tracks.
  • Coming from M59, exit at Dequindre Rd. Turn North on Dequindre, 2 miles to Hamlin Rd. Turn right (East), one mile to Ryan Rd. Turn left (North) to 22 Mile Rd. Turn right (East), one mile to Riverbends Park entrance on the right.
  • Riverbends Park has plenty of parking, and no permit or entry fee needed.

For additional assistance with direction, contact Jean.lambert@cmich.edu or (248) 688-9603.