The Fred Running Relays


A Different Kind of Running Experience: The Fred Running Relays

As part of WMTGC's strategic plan, we had been considering the development of a signature event to promote our regional trails and at the same time help support our mission. In 2019 the opportunity came up to purchase just such an event that was already established. WMTGC is now the proud owner of The Fred Running Relays, an annual running event on the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail.

Relay teams are made up of three to 12 members with most teams running the 200-mile relay beginning Friday morning in Belmont. Teams make their way north to Cadillac, circle Lake Cadillac, and then return south back to Belmont.

Yes, the race is challenging, but it is much more doable than most realize. The entire 200-mile race is made up of 36 legs varying between two and nine miles each (most are five to six miles). Each team member runs three legs and averages 16 to 18 miles total over the course of the relay.

If you're looking for a different kind of running experience, The Fred Running Relays are your race. For more information, check out our Facebook, or register at RunSignUp. We'd love to have you join us for this classic event.

West Michigan Trails & Greenways Strategic Priorities

There are many people and organizations in West Michigan building successful trails. However those same organizations are often competing for limited resources and lack a coordinated regional approach toward trail planning, construction, operations, and maintenance. As a single organization with a regional mission, we can strategically engage other organizations to coordinate, execute, fund, and sustain their portions of the regional trail system.

  • We have a regional perspective that allows us to prioritize and direct resources to the right opportunities.
  • We have strong, credible relationships with impactful donors, communities, and public and nonprofit agencies.
  • We have successfully raised more than $10 million to help build hundreds of miles of non-motorized, multi-use trails, leveraging both public and private funding.

Our Mission:

Enhancing the quality of life by advancing our regional trails movement.

Our Vision:

A world-class trail experience connecting West Michigan.

WMTGC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.



Fred Meijer Trail Champion