What is a Grand Rapids Running Tour?
A guided tour for individuals or groups (small or large) through the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan. While we move, your tour ambassador will enlighten you with historical, cultural and newsworthy facts and stories. We promise an unforgettable blend of sightseeing and exercise. You choose from one of nearly 20 unique thematically organized tours.
Do you only do running tours?
Heck, no! We are pleased to offer walking versions as well. In addition, if your group or organization would like a guided bus tour, we’ll step on your bus with your driver and narrate as we traverse downtown! Email for more information.
What size are the groups?
It all depends on the registration for a particular tour. Sometimes it is one person and sometimes it is 10. A special event may have 30!
How much does it cost?
The price for a 5K (3.1-mile) tour is $20 per person. The price increases by $5 for every additional mile. So, for example, a 10K (6.2-mile) tour is $35. Participants can pay online by credit card through PayPal or in person at the start of the tour by cash, credit card or check.
What is included?
Lots of smiles, good cheer and a constant stream of fun factoids!
What equipment do I need?
Just your body clad in comfortable clothing, plus a good pair of shoes and a great attitude!
How long does it last?
Each tour is a unique experience … distance, number of participants, pace and weather all affect the duration. Typically, tours are completed within a single hour of fabulous fun.
Will I be able to keep pace?
Yes, we are skilled at managing different paces to ensure no one is left behind. (No need to drop bread crumbs to find your way back to the start!) If running, we’ll ask you to share your easy run pace when you register.
Do I need to run the whole time?
We run for a bit, stop at a sight, chat about it. Repeat. You’ll have the opportunity to catch your breath.
What is a custom tour?
Anything you want it to be. Maybe you want a different distance, geography, time, pace, theme or group size than is available in our Classic Tours. Just email us at caroline [at] grandrapidsrunningtours [dot] com – we’d be happy to put something special together just for you. The possibilities are endless!
How do I register?
Visit our Register page to book and pay for your tour. Registration is closed 12 hours before the start of a scheduled tour. If you miss this cutoff, please email us at caroline [at] grandrapidsrunningtours [dot] com to see if we can still fit you in.
Do I need to sign a waiver?
Yes – you must sign an electronic waiver before completing online registration. If you register in person, your tour ambassador will ask you to sign a paper waiver. The waiver certifies that you accept the risks for engaging in demanding physical activity on busy sidewalks and streets, and that you will not hold Grand Rapids Running Tours liable for any damages you might suffer.
What if I have to cancel?
Cancel at least 72 hours before your scheduled event to receive a full refund. Sorry, we cannot refund any money for cancellations made within the 72-hour window. However, we will be happy to issue a rain check.
What about weather?
We tour rain or shine, snow or lake effect clouds, in hot weather and cold – but we will cancel and reschedule events in the event of lightning, tornado or extreme ice. The decision to cancel will be made as close to start time as possible. We will issue a rain check if you are unable to make the rescheduled event.
What about bathrooms?
Bathrooms are available at the point where we begin and end our tours – typically, the JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Grand Rapids. Should you need a potty break during an event, we’ll try to locate one near the route. Sorry, there are no secluded woods on our tours!
What do I do with my “stuff” while I’m touring?
We suggest that you arrive for your tour with only a hotel key or car key that can be zipped into a pocket. Guides use their hands to expressively point out and describe the sights – they won’t be able to hold your “stuff” for you.
Can kids join in?
Yes – running or walking kids are welcome to participate, as long as they pay full price and are accompanied by a parent or guardian, and are capable of keeping up with the group. Children in running strollers receive a 100% discount.
What about pets?
Sorry, but pets are not allowed on “group” tours – some folks are allergic or phobic. OR, schedule a private tour for just you, your friends and your pooches.
Can I tip my guide?
Tipping is not required (nor will it be refused!).
Is it true that you now offer virtual tours?
Yes! We present “tour topics” with media support for your group at a venue of your choice/arrangement. Email for more information.