Can You Beat the Train?

Beat the Train 5K is back on Saturday, November 4, 2023, starting and finishing in Coopersville, MI.

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


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 4, 2023.  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)
-Runners will be transported by train to the starting point 2.5 miles away
-$36 registration entry with optional $15 t-shirt ($5 price increases Sept. 19, Oct. 8, Oct. 29 and Nov. 3.  Race day registration is $10 more)
-Flat & fast 5K course.  Partial lane closure of main road.
-A portion of the race proceeds will go to back to the Friends of the the Coopersville & Marne Railroad.

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 (including hot chocolate brought to you by Biggby of Coopersville)
-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, 70-74 and 75+.

Interested in the event but not ready to race?  Volunteer before, during and/or after 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 to volunteer here

Beat the Train shirt

Beat the Train 5K tshirt

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Biggby of Coopersville