Visitor Information

Hotels | Transportation | Things To Do & See | Traffic Alerts | Where (and how) to Watch | Runner Tracking


WHERE TO STAY IN KALAMAZOO

Greenleaf Hospitality is the Official Host of the Kalamazoo Marathon and the Borgess Run for the Health of It. Book early if you want to get into the Radisson, as it will fill up!  We have shuttles to and from the Radisson and the start/finish.

Radisson Plaza Kalamazoo Center

Located in the heart of downtown Kalamazoo, the Radisson Plaza Kalamazoo Center features 340 spacious, smoke-free hotel rooms and suites, each offering such comforts as complimentary high-speed Internet access, room service and upgraded linens and comforters. For added convenience, we also offer hotel rooms on the Concierge Floor, which come with upgraded amenities and a complimentary express breakfast.

Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at +1 (269) 343-3333, calling toll free at +1 (888) 201-1718 or you may register online. When calling the hotel you must identify yourself with the Kalamazoo Marathon 2015 to receive the discounted rate of $134.00 per night.

Other Accomodations

If you are looking for additional overnight lodging, visit www.discoverkalamazoo.com


GETTING INTO TOWN

Rideshare

We have contracted with SpaceShare to provide a rideshare (carpool) site dedicated to the Kalamazoo Marathon/Borgess Run. Whether you’re traveling across the country, across the state, or across town, you can use this site to hook up with others traveling to/from the same areas.

Airport

Kalamazoo is served by the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport located just south of the city. You will also find several car rentals at the airport.

Train Station

There’s an Amtrak station and bus depot located right down-town — a one block walk from the Radisson Hotel.

Location:

The Kalamazoo Marathon/Borgess Run for the Health of It! start/finish line is located on the tree-lined drive of the Nazareth Campus, home of the Congregation of St. Joseph. Below is a map of the area, please visit our Parking & Shuttles page for more information about getting to the race events.


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Things to Do & See Race Weekend!

The Borgess Run for the Health of It is a weekend experience and Kalamazoo has plenty of events and activities going on Friday May 1 through Sunday May 3!

Art Hop:
• Friday night, May 1, 5-8 p.m. downtown Kalamazoo businesses and galleries host art exhibits for a fun and interactive way to explore downtown.

Special Events:
• Battle of the Glassblowers & Flameoff: May 1-2, from 12-5 p.m. The West Michigan Glass Center kicks off the glass blowing event that is free family fun. Come and watch the area’s most talented glass blowers morph molten glass into beautiful objects.
• Classics Uncorked Spring Event: May 1, at 8 p.m. Witness the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra with a glass of wine at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Ticket prices are $30 for adults and $15 for students.
• Ralphie May: May 1, 9-11 p.m. The State Theatre will host comedian Ralphie May for a fun and laughter filled night. Ticket prices are $97 for meet & greet, $47 for the gold circle, or $34 for orchestra/mezzanine/front of balcony.
• The Civic Theatre Presents “Crazy for You”: This all-singing all-dancing romance story is going on all weekend. Call (269)343-1313 for ticket prices and times.
• The All Ears Theatre Presents “Little Red Riding Hood”: May 2, at 6 p.m. this production is free at the First Baptist Church. The story is reimagined by Arnold Johnston and Deborah Ann Percy.
• Evidence Found: Explorations in Archeology: The Kalamazoo Valley Museum hosts the event all weekend where you can learn the methodology and science of archeology through hands-on learning. Times are Friday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., entrance is free.
• Opening of the Kalamazoo Farmers Market is May 2. Come down to get some local, fresh, and good produce, meat, and treats from 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

Enjoy the Outdoors:
• Take a walk through Arcadia Creek Park, Bronson Park, or Milham Park.
• Take a day trip to the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, the Knollwood Disk Golf Park, or the Kalamazoo Nature Center.
• Walk the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail or canoe at Celery Flats. Great outdoor activities are just waiting to be explored.

For more information about what to do in Kalamazoo visit the visitors link at www.discoverkalamazoo.com.


TRAFFIC ALERT

Closures to the Sprinkle Road exits on I-94 will have a significant impact on accessibility of the Expo this year, as these were the primary exits for the Wings Event Center. This may also affect directions to the race site on Sunday, depending on the departure point.

If you are arriving via I-94, the best  highway exit for the Saturday Expo is the Portage Road exit, one mile west Sprinkle.

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PLEASE NOTE: If you are coming from the West and miss the Portage exit, you there is not another exit for almost 10 miles (exit 85), where you will want to turn around, and get back on the highway going West until Exit 81.

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PORTAGE ROAD EXITS

1) Taking I-94 Eastbound: Take Exit 78 Portage, turn left on Portage Road. This puts you on Kilgore.  Take Kilgore 1.5 miles until Sprinkle road. From there take a left, travel for 0.7 miles and turn left on Vanrick Drive, which will take you to the parking lot of Wings Event Center.

2) Taking I-94 Westbound: Take Exit 81, and go south at Sprinkle Road.

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I-94 BUSINESS LOOP (WEST-BOUND ONLY!)

Take Exit 81 and turn right on Sprinkle Road.  Go to Gull Road, turn left and go less than a mile to the race site.

Getting Around Town!

I-94 EAST BOUND

FROM THE WEST, go through downtown, take Michigan to Riverview to Gull Road.  You can use shuttle buses just beyond Borgess Medical Center, 1521 Gull Road, at the Borgess Heart Institute (1722 Shaffer).  Or proceed to the campus to park.

ON U.S. 131 beware that Stadium Drive is severely limited.  Consider West Main (M-43) which runs into Michigan Avenue.  Take Michigan Avenue to Riverview to Gull Road.

The courses of the Borgess Run for the Health of It weave through downtown, WMU’s campus, neighborhoods and parks. Advance planning for motorists who will be out and about on Sunday, May 3 could help avoid some delays.

All affected streets and intersections are in the City of Kalamazoo, the Township of Kalamazoo and the City of Parchment. All have been approved by those governmental units after review.

Closures

The Kalamazoo Mall – The Kalamazoo Mall will be closed for about an hour and a half after the first race begins at 8 a.m.

Parkview – Parkview will be closed between Drake Road and the entrance to Parkview Hills.

Where to Avoid if Possible

  • The Starting/Finish Line – The start and finish line for all May 3 events is at the Nazareth campus on Gull Road. Traffic both ways will be available, but restricted.
  • Mills Street – Runners will be on the west side of Mills Street, so Northbound Mills Street will be open, including at Kings Highway.
  • Bronson Blvd. (north of Whites) – Runners take up one of the two lanes, so police will be intermittently passing cars along this road.

Getting Through:

Best to stay to the outside of the course (G Avenue to the North, Crosstown Parkway on the South, Nazareth on the East. The west side has fewer runners and there are ways in and out of the course that include:

 

  • Howard Street – Because runners go over the bridge on Howard, traffic is accessible on Howard.
  • The Inkster Bridge – Runners head under the Inkster bridge on Bronson, so this bridge takes you from outside the course into the middle of it.

 

Getting On And Off The Race Site

Timing is everything when it comes to arrival at the race site. You should be on the grounds by 7:30 a.m., as Gull Road closes temporarily at 8 a.m. for the start of the marathon. And the site is basically closed for the next hour as races begin.

After 9 a.m., motorists may enter and exit the race site only by the northeast entrance to the Nazareth property.


Where (and how) to Watch

CHECKOUT OUR INTERACTIVE COURSE MAP FOR MILE-BY-MILE INFO ON COURSE EXCITEMENT, AID STATIONS AND MORE!

New This Year:

The race will be telecast — streamed live — at BorgessRun.com. Tell your family and friends to give it a look.  (Note: This is our first effort at this: Special thanks to the crew, volunteers and contributors who made this possible, including Adams Outdoor — providing the screen in Tent City — MLive, Tim Wendt, Derrick Jones, Kristi-Stender Weesies, and our director and crew chief, Jon Petro!

Here are a couple of the many great places to cheer on runners.

Of course, you’re welcome to saddle up to the course just about anywhere you’d like. Just be sure to leave dogs or pets at home.

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Kalamazoo Mall – Mile 3.5

Runners of both the half marathon and full marathon head right down the Kalamazoo Mall. Many of the businesses come out to cheer. Gazelle sports will have music playing. There’s also a water table and porta potties.

WMU Rec Center – Mile 5

Are you a student, or WMU supporter?  Head down to the rec center to cheer on runners with WMU students and faculty. There will be music, a water table, porta potties and—of course— Buster Bronco!

Business Tech. Research Park – Mile 9

The entrance to the BTR Park sits at the corner of Drake and Parkview. There will be a 102.5 Great Country mobile DJ live broadcasting, water tables and porta potties. Many parking lots makes for convenient parking too. But be sure to come by way of Drake. Parkview is closed during the race.

Verburg Park at Paterson – Mile 19

Anywhere in Verburg Park is great, actually. At the Paterson parking lot, there will be WKFR mobile DJ live broadcasting. Farther into the park is a water table and porta potties and even a band – Somebody’s Friend -at the Gull side of the park. The Paterson entrance has a convenient parking lot as well.

Kindleberger Park

Featuring a WRKR Mobile DJ doing live broadcasting, and a nearby water table and porta potties. Kindleberger is a great place to make a day of it. This spot sits on both the half marathon and full marathon courses and has plenty of open space if you want to bring the kids or even have a picnic. Runners will be coming by as late as noon.

Spring Valley Park

Spring Valley is jam packed with excitement.  Inside the park, there will be two bands, two water stations and a DJ. Lots of great space for a picnic or for kids to bring a soccer ball. The park sits on the 10K course, the half marathon course and the full marathon course. Parking is trickier here than some other spots, so the earlier to arrive, the better. No dogs, please!


RUNNER TRACKING

Here’s how to track runners and get instant results.

Before or after your event, just scan the QR code printed on your race bib with your Smartphone. It will take you to a page where you enter your race number and get individual splits and finish times for the marathon and results for the 5K and half marathon.

This runner tracking system will also allow you to share your results with your friends and family via social media platforms prior to results being officially posted online. To share, just go to the bottom of your page and push it out through mail, facebook or Twitter.

Or your friends can visit www.results.xacte.com and enter your number and get your results. The results are uploaded to the site every few minutes once runners start finishing. On the marathon at the half-way point and the 20-mile mark, the page is “populated” with times as they occur.

“This is the type of instant results people have been looking for,” says Joe O’Brien of Classic Race Management, the official scoring partner of the Kalamazoo Marathon and Borgess Run.

Runners are encouraged to scan their bib at the Saturday Expo and share the information through email, facebook or Twitter.

Any QR Code reading app will work, you can download one from the internet.