County Administrator

231 River Run

Register now for the fifth annual run across the M231 Bridge, Spoonville Trail and Idema Explorers Trail hosted by Ottawa County. Two distances are available: 10k and 4 mile. As in previous years, proceeds from the run go toward paved trails and bike paths in the West Michigan area. There are plenty of miles yet to be paved. So far, the event has raised approximately $40,000 for the trails!


Beneficiary of the Proceeds

The run raises funds for Ottawa County’s non-motorized pathway system including the Idema Explorers Trail. Funding from 2015, 2016, and 2017 helped build the Spoonville Trail. An extensive system of paved trails benefits residents and visitors alike. Paved trails through Ottawa County provide opportunities for fitness and family recreation; environmental benefits; transportation corridors; and economic benefits to the community. Contributions are tax-deductible under section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Service. So far, the run has raised over $40,000 to contribute to Ottawa County’s non-motorized pathway systems!

Information for Runners

Registration: Register Now!

Course Info: Runners will begin at Connor Bayou; run the Idema Explorers Trail to the Spoonville Trail; Cross over the Grand River on the M231 Bridge and retrace back to the start. The 10K runners will continue on the Spoonville Trail; going under (yes UNDER!) the bridge through the country-side to Leonard Road. From there they will retrace back to the start. Check out the map.

Date: October 30, 2021

Start Time: 8:30AM

Start & Finish Location:

Connor Bayou
12945 North Cedar Dr.
Grand Haven, MI 49417
There will be a gear check near the start and finish line.

Race Packet Pick-Up:
Thursday, October 28, 3:00PM - 7:00PM at the Ottawa County Fillmore Street Complex, Administration Building, 12220 Fillmore Street, West Olive
Saturday, October 30, 7:00AM - 8:15AM at Connor Bayou


Behind every great event is an even greater army of volunteers. We will need help directing runners on the course, doling out water, manning the finish line refreshments, serving lunch, and even folks willing to do some heavy lifting on Friday night. All ages are welcome, but we do ask that young people are accompanied by an adult. If your child can stand by your side and pass out water for an hour or two, then we are happy to have you! Runners love seeing kids along the course. We will have a volunteer registration link here soon.

All the Details

Dogs & babies: Yes and yes. We LOVE dogs and babies! Runners may run either event with a stroller or pet on-leash. If you want to push a stroller 10k, you GO! Hey—we’ll even gift your kiddo or pup a personalized unchipped bib if you contact us with their name by October 7. What we don’t like: stepping in poo poo. Do you? Plus dog waste isn’t great at making the park wildlife feel at home. You MUST clean up after your pet (and baby, for that matter) and Fido must be on-leash per Connor Bayou County Park rules and common courtesy.

Timing: The runs will be chip timed. Please line up by pace. Lining up by pace will keep everyone safe and happy.

Swag:There will be awesome shirts. If you cannot run you can still pick-up your shirt at packet pick-up. Any shirts not picked up by the end of packet pick-up on race day will be forfeited because 1-at that point runners are welcome to trade shirt sizes and 2-for some reason the shirts grow legs during packet pick up.

Parking: PARKING IS LIMITED. PLEASE CARPOOL. (The Parks Department asked us to yell!) There are about 100 places to park at Connor Bayou, Fifty-some are “real” parking spaces. The others will be along the edges of the driveway. Then there is some space to park along the North Cedar Drive. Remember, walking from your parking location is your warm-up. Be cautious of pedestrians when you are driving; unless they look like they are in your age group. KIDDING!

Refunds: We are certainly sad that you cannot join us. We do not offer refunds but you can gift your bib to another through October 1 and you can do it all through RunSignUp. There is no fee to gift your bib. Whether you decide to charge your buddy for your bib is up to you. If you make a profit, we wish you many blisters.

Results on Race Day: We will post them at a location near the finish line on race day and on the timing company website. They will also be posted as soon as possible on the Ottawa County Facebook Page, and then on the website Monday morning.

Course time limit: Out of respect for our volunteers, any runner coming in after 100 minutes will not be scored. This is about a 16 minute per mile pace. Additionally, race support may not be available, such as water stations. People who wish to walk are welcome.

Injured or cannot finish: Anyone injured or fearing they cannot finish the race should contact an aid station volunteer or course marshal. They will contact race headquarters and arrange transportation.

Sponsor the Run

Yes, we do need sponsors. We understand that every dollar your company has is hard earned, so when you agree to sponsor us we intend to 1- get you noticed and 2-place as much funding in the hands of the beneficiary as possible. Donations are tax-deductible and funds raised go to Ottawa County’s non-motorized pathway system benefiting residents and visitors alike. When your name is on the event as a sponsor, you can also be sure we offer a high-quality event. At the same time, we keep the race coordination costs low and accessible to all income levels by using partnerships, in-kind services, and a lot of volunteers. There is no paid event staff, so you can be certain that none of your donation pays wages. Because we will need to finalize designs and begin production, sponsorship commitments must be received by September 1 to be included on the race apparel. Check out the Sponsor Form.

Contact: Shannon Felgner.