Registration

 

Upcoming group tour events for which we invite you to register are listed below. To arrange for a running, walking, step-on bus tour or a virtual presentation at ANY other time, on ANY day of the week, year-round, please email caroline [at] grandrapidsrunningtours [dot] com to book an event specific to YOUR needs, interests and timing.  Please enjoy selecting from one of the nearly 30 unique thematically organized tours.  Groups of more than 10 participants will receive a discount. Email us to make arrangements.

Online registration may close 12 hours prior to a scheduled event. However, please email us within the 12 hour window to check availability.

 

Jan
23
Wed
The Chilly Challenge! @ JW Marriott Hotel
Jan 23 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

A FREE seven-week series of 45 minute walks through downtown Grand Rapids.  Participants will enjoy a unique tour each week, traversing the sidewalks while focusing on a theme, narrated by Caroline.
For walkers who complete all seven events, they will be rewarded with a $50 gift card to a downtown merchant of their choice.  
The walks will meet in the lobby of the JW Marriott on Wednesdays at noon. 

No registration is necessary.
Questions?  caroline@grandrapidsrunningtours.com

 

This walking series is generously sponsored by Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc.
Jan
30
Wed
The Chilly Challenge! @ JW Marriott Hotel
Jan 30 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

A FREE seven-week series of 45 minute walks through downtown Grand Rapids.  Participants will enjoy a unique tour each week, traversing the sidewalks while focusing on a theme, narrated by Caroline.
For walkers who complete all seven events, they will be rewarded with a $50 gift card to a downtown merchant of their choice.  
The walks will meet in the lobby of the JW Marriott on Wednesdays at noon. 

No registration is necessary.
Questions?  caroline@grandrapidsrunningtours.com

 

This walking series is generously sponsored by Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc.
RUNGA! @ Masonic Center Grand Rapids
Jan 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Quarterly, we plan to meet outside of the historic Masonic Center, 233 Fulton St. E, Grand Rapids, 49503, on the ground floor of the FREE parking ramp.  We’ll run for 45 minutes through downtown Grand Rapids, with seasonally appropriate tour narration by Caroline Cook, owner of Grand Rapids Running Tours, then move inside the Armentality Movement Arts Center studio with owner, Laura Armenta, for 45 minutes of restorative yoga.  The event is limited to 20 participants…pre-registration is necessary.

Feb
6
Wed
The Chilly Challenge! @ JW Marriott Hotel
Feb 6 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

A FREE seven-week series of 45 minute walks through downtown Grand Rapids.  Participants will enjoy a unique tour each week, traversing the sidewalks while focusing on a theme, narrated by Caroline.
For walkers who complete all seven events, they will be rewarded with a $50 gift card to a downtown merchant of their choice.  
The walks will meet in the lobby of the JW Marriott on Wednesdays at noon. 

No registration is necessary.
Questions?  caroline@grandrapidsrunningtours.com

 

This walking series is generously sponsored by Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc.
Feb
13
Wed
The Chilly Challenge! @ JW Marriott Hotel
Feb 13 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

A FREE seven-week series of 45 minute walks through downtown Grand Rapids.  Participants will enjoy a unique tour each week, traversing the sidewalks while focusing on a theme, narrated by Caroline.
For walkers who complete all seven events, they will be rewarded with a $50 gift card to a downtown merchant of their choice.  
The walks will meet in the lobby of the JW Marriott on Wednesdays at noon. 

No registration is necessary.
Questions?  caroline@grandrapidsrunningtours.com

 

This walking series is generously sponsored by Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc.
Feb
15
Fri
World of Winter Valent-ICE Sculpture Walking Tour @ Rosa Parks Circle
Feb 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Grand Rapidians believe that winter is a season to be LOVED, celebrated and enjoyed outside, so DowntownGrandRapidsInc organizes World of Winter: A Festival of Frozen Fun each February during Valentine’s Day week. This annual icy extravaganza includes ice skating, sledding, skiing, snowboarding, ice games like Human Hungry Hungry Hippo and Valent-ICE sculptures.  The magnificent ice statues are created by The Food Network and local champion ice carvers and business owners, Randy Finch and Derek Maxfield.  Over 50 incredible, unique sculptures are on display downtown during the festival…some life-size, some interactive, all lighted and the selection is different each year. Bundle up, then walk or run with your local guide, Caroline Cook, to learn more about sub-zero art and the intriguing back stories.

Meets at Rosa Parks Circle in front of the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

Feb
16
Sat
World of Winter Valent-ICE Sculpture Walking Tour @ Rosa Parks Circle
Feb 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Grand Rapidians believe that winter is a season to be LOVED, celebrated and enjoyed outside, so DowntownGrandRapidsInc organizes World of Winter: A Festival of Frozen Fun each February during Valentine’s Day week. This annual icy extravaganza includes ice skating, sledding, skiing, snowboarding, ice games like Human Hungry Hungry Hippo and Valent-ICE sculptures.  The magnificent ice statues are created by The Food Network and local champion ice carvers and business owners, Randy Finch and Derek Maxfield.  Over 50 incredible, unique sculptures are on display downtown during the festival…some life-size, some interactive, all lighted and the selection is different each year. Bundle up, then walk or run with your local guide, Caroline Cook, to learn more about sub-zero art and the intriguing back stories.

Tour meets at Rosa Parks Circle.

Black History Month Walking Tour @ Rosa Parks Circle
Feb 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Historically, a myriad of cultural influences shaped our city then – and are what make Grand Rapids unique today.  We are home to people of every race, color, religion, lifestyle, gender, age, marital status, handicap, socio-economic status and national origin.    Each group has indelibly contributed to the evolution of individual neighborhoods, the  whole city, and this West Michigan region.  Today, our living kaleidoscope is a vibrant, intensely colorful and rich community that thrives upon collaboration while honoring diversity. 

Few African Americans came to West Michigan until after the Civil War, fleeing Jim Crow discrimination in the southern states. Even then, the numbers were relatively small. It wasn’t until the Great Migration from the rural south, in the years between World Wars I and II, that our African-American population swelled. 

This tour is meant to serve as a short summary of some select historical highlights.

World of Winter Valent-ICE Sculpture Walking Tour @ Rosa Parks Circle
Feb 16 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Grand Rapidians believe that winter is a season to be LOVED, celebrated and enjoyed outside, so DowntownGrandRapidsInc organizes World of Winter: A Festival of Frozen Fun each February during Valentine’s Day week. This annual icy extravaganza includes ice skating, sledding, skiing, snowboarding, ice games like Human Hungry Hungry Hippo and Valent-ICE sculptures.  The magnificent ice statues are created by The Food Network and local champion ice carvers and business owners, Randy Finch and Derek Maxfield.  Over 50 incredible, unique sculptures are on display downtown during the festival…some life-size, some interactive, all lighted and the selection is different each year. Bundle up, then walk or run with your local guide, Caroline Cook, to learn more about sub-zero art and the intriguing back stories.

Tour meets at Rosa Parks Circle.

World of Winter Valent-ICE Sculpture Walking Tour @ Rosa Parks Circle
Feb 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Grand Rapidians believe that winter is a season to be LOVED, celebrated and enjoyed outside, so DowntownGrandRapidsInc organizes World of Winter: A Festival of Frozen Fun each February during Valentine’s Day week. This annual icy extravaganza includes ice skating, sledding, skiing, snowboarding, ice games like Human Hungry Hungry Hippo and Valent-ICE sculptures.  The magnificent ice statues are created by The Food Network and local champion ice carvers and business owners, Randy Finch and Derek Maxfield.  Over 50 incredible, unique sculptures are on display downtown during the festival…some life-size, some interactive, all lighted and the selection is different each year. Bundle up, then walk or run with your local guide, Caroline Cook, to learn more about sub-zero art and the intriguing back stories.

Tour meets at Rosa Parks Circle.