We believe the best way to experience Grand Rapids is by moving at street level, accompanied by a savvy guide who can share history, trivia and fun facts about the people and places you encounter along the way. What an incredible combination of exercise, entertainment, and education. We love fitness. We love touring. We love Grand Rapids. And we’d love to share our enthusiasm with you!
The city of Grand Rapids was born alongside a one mile stretch of spectacular rapids on our Grand River, the Owashtanong (meaning Far-away-water, because of its length). The pure, rushing waterway was absolutely integral to GR’s explosive growth in the 19th century, especially after bridges were built to connect the east and west banks. Today, eight bridges, not counting highway bridges, carry vehicle traffic between the Wealthy Street Bridge and the North Park Bridge. There are also six railroad bridges; 2 are still in use, 2 are pedestrian and 2 are rails-to-trails. Enjoy criss-crossing the historic spans as we weave our way from the south to north and back again on a section of the longest river in the state of Michigan. Breathtaking for its beauty and exercise, this route is a must-experience for urban bridge and river aficionados. Along the way, catch nostalgic glimpses of times gone by - the river of history - and appreciate its irrepressible flow into the future. Register at www.grandrapidsrunningtours.com