Photo credit: Jamie Geysbeek

The 2021 Beat the Train 5K has been postponed. We plan to have this event again the spring of 2023.

Ride the Train To The Start, Race The Train Back To Town

Race details

Ever dream of going toe to toe with a TRAIN?

Make your dreams a reality and register to race the Coopersville/Marne locomotive on Saturday, November 6, 2021.  We are back to boarding the train in Coopersville this year!  You do have the option to be dropped off at the start if you wish.

The train speed is going to be based on the average estimated finish time of ALL registrants.  All runners are asked for their estimated finish time when they register.  If we add up 300 estimated finish times, divide by 300, and the average is 25 minutes, then it will take the train about 25 minutes from start to finish.

Regardless of your pace, get ready for your best 5K time ever, we can almost guarantee it!  All finishers receive a finisher medal.  

Nitty gritty
-Limited to 300 runners (register sooner rather than later)  Check the number of seats reserved by selecting the Register Now menu item
-Runners will be transported by train to the starting point 2.5 miles away
-$36 registration entry with optional $15 tshirt ($5 price increase on Sept. 15 and Oct. 13)
-Flat & fast 5K course.  Partial lane closure of main road.
-A portion of the race proceeds will go to fund the completion of a handicap accessible train car for the Coopersville/Marne railroad.  The 2021 race proceeds will go towards purchasing a generator for the handicap accessible train car.

What you get with a registration
-Finisher medal
-1 way boarding pass to the starting line
-Train ride with your fellow compadres 
-Opportunity to race against a train
-Optional Beat the Train 5K tshirt
-Chip timed by Epic Timing
-Refreshments at the finish
-Unique top 3 overall and top 3 age group awards for 9 and under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and 70+.

Interested in the event but not ready to race?  Volunteer during the event and get a Beat the Train tshirt!  We can keep you busy at packet pickup, on the course as a course marshal and at the finish line.  Sign up under Race Info, Volunteer.

2021 Beat the Train shirt

Beat the Train 5K tshirt

2020 Finisher Medal (2021 image coming soon)

Beat the Train 5K tshirt

2019 BTT Video Desktop version

2019 BTT Video Mobile Version

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