Senior Communities & Organizations

Are you an Activity Director or Life Enrichment Coordinator who is eager to provide quality programming for your residents and members?

We are specialists in West Michigan in meeting the needs of the mature, life-long learners! From walking tours, to step-on bus tours or virtual tours at the venue of your choice, Grand Rapids Running Tours can quench your thirst for locally relevant, fascinating stories about places, persons, and things that were or will be in Grand Rapids.

Here is what other senior organizations are saying about us!

“Your presentation was fantabulous! It was crammed with such fascinating information which you delivered so beautifully! Kudos to you for being willing to think outside of the box to meet the needs of older adults. I applaud you! I am really excited about working with you again.”
-Kim Murphy, Heron Manor – February 2017

“Grand Rapids Running Tours has expanded their offerings to fit the needs of area senior citizens by offering ‘Run, Walk, Listen, Ride’. I have used her as a step-on guide on our mini- bus to give a narrated tour of Grand Rapids and my group LOVED it! I have booked her again this fall for a bus tour #2! We recently had her speak to our group about the downtown architecture. Again, to rave reviews! She is knowledgeable, energetic and caring. A great combination.”
-Christine Friedt, Northview Senior Citizens – March 2017

“The residents loved the presentation. I have had several emails and phone calls from residents that watched from their apartments this morning. Thank you again for all of your hard work. It was amazing.”
-Beth Vokoviac, Covenant Village of the Great Lakes – May 2017

“My residents have been raving about your presentation, they are all looking forward to August when you return.”
-Kelly Mockerman, Cook Valley Estates – July 2017

“The residents loved the tour and your energy! Thank you so much for bringing joy to their day.” -Patty Alexander, Holland Home Seniors at Breton Woods – September 2017

“Thank you so much! My residents absolutely loved it and loved you! You were so amazing and it worked out so perfectly and I have you to thank for that! Looking forward to doing more in the near future!”
-Kally Verkaik, Sunset Manor Rose Garden – October 2017

“Thank you so much for teaching an Academy Class. The students loved both the bus tour and presentations. We adore your kind spirit and you spread happiness wherever you go. We look forward to continuing this partnership in Academy sessions to come.”
-Emma Begeman, Samaritas – October 2017

Walking tours

We usually meet in the lobby of the JW Marriott. The tours are thematically organized around 25+ different local topics. It is the trifecta of exercise, education, and entertainment. We walk for about 60 – 90 minutes. We walk a little, gather at a sight and talk, walk a little bit more, gather at a sight and talk, etc… The cost is $10 per senior.

Step-on bus tour

We do not provide a bus, but step on YOUR bus and narrate any of the walking tours that you choose! This is a great option for the seniors who are less mobile, or in less than ideal weather seasons! We do bus tours year-round. The bus tours are about one hour long. The cost is $100 per bus tour.

Virtual tours, or presentations

We have seven different topics that are ready to present!  The Architecture of Downtown GR – Part One, The Architecture of Downtown GR – Part Two, ArtPrize Afterglow, Grand Rapids Ghost Stories, Grand Rapids’ Lady Legends, Herritage Hill Association 50th Anniversary, and Young President Ford. The presentations are one hour, and supported with media (slide show). The cost is $100 per presentation.