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Borgess Run or the Health of it

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Distance Marathon

Date 02 May 2021

About Borgess Run or the Health of it

As many as 5,000 runners and walkers take to the streets of Kalamazoo each May for the Kalamazoo Marathon & Borgess Run For The Health Of It Half Marathon which takes participants on a winding, out-and-back route through the city streets of Kalamazoo, through the campus of Borgess Medical Center and around the shores of Spring Valley Lake.

The first 3.5 miles of this USATF certified course are identical to the Kalamazoo Marathon. However, when marathoners veer onto Lovell, half marathoners continue on Burdick until they meet back up with the marathon course, which they’ll follow until the finish. You will find course excitement all along the way – the Kalamazoo community comes out in force to provide runner support.

Throughout the race, runners travel across paved surfaces, both on the urban city streets as well as on the paved pathways that make their way through the grounds of Spring Valley Park.


Priority Health 5K Walk

  • 4.988954km

Borgess 10K Run

  • 9.977908km

Motivational Mile

  • 1.60934km

Borgess Half Marathon

  • 21.082354km

Kalamazoo Marathon

  • 42.164708km



Each year we increase the number of parking spaces and this year’s dramatic increase will help alleviate pressure, but PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY as there are very few roads leading to our site.


There are shuttle buses that run between 6 and 6:30 a.m. from The Radisson Plaza Hotel, 100 W. Michigan. Return shuttles are on the half hour. The main shuttle site is one mile west of the race site at the Borgess Heart Institute and they run from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. Starting at 9:15 a.m., buses will run every 15 minutes to and from the Heart Institute and every 30 minutes to and from the Radisson

Borgess Run or the Health of it Route Map

Borgess Run or the Health of it Route Map


Nazareth College



Runners start the Borgess Half Marathon on the campus of Nazareth College just off Gull Road, and from there they head southwest along Gull for the first couple of miles of the race. They’ll follow the first 3 1/2 miles of the full marathon and the half course is USATF-certified.

After they split off from the full marathon, runners in the half continue on through the heart of downtown Kalamazoo, along Burdick Street and North Kalamazoo Mall, before they cross back over the river at the Rose Park Veterans Memorial and make their way north along the winding Kalamazoo River Valley Trail.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.