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Westside Stride: Grand Rapids Running/Walking Group

April 19, 2017 @ 6:15 pm

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Every week until November 1, 2017
Cost: Free

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WestSide Stride Starts Up Again for 2017 Season


GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Wednesday, April 5 is the official start date for the WestSide Stride – a free weekly community pub run/walk. Participants of all fitness levels are invited for this fun event.


“There are many great running groups in Grand Rapids,” said Sam Gutowski, WestSide Stride Coordinator. “But, what sets us apart is our inclusiveness and casual approach to fitness. Many people say, ‘Once I get in shape, I’ll join you.’ Whether you run five minutes and walk the rest we want you to be a part of our group, our goal is to have people come and start right where they are fitness wise.”


The event starts at Swift Printing & Communications (404 Bridge St. NW) After the exercise, the group rotates between The Sovengard, Black Heron, Fratellis Pizza, Anchor Bar, O’Toole’s Harmony Hall and The Knickerbocker for food and beverage specials.


“This is our third full season of doing this event,” said Jes Slaydon, Community Relations Coordinator at Swift Printing & Communications, Inc. “Last year we had as many as 50 people participate and our hopes are to continue to grow.”


The run is designed to encourage a healthy lifestyle and connecting with our community, all while having fun. The5K course includes many sites of downtown and the WestSide.


The free pub runs/walks take place every Wednesday April through October weather permitting and participants get free parking in Swift Printing’s parking lot for the evening.


For more information please contact Jessica Slaydon at 616-915-5370 or jes@swiftprinting.com or join our WestSide Stride facebook group. (http://goo.gl/pG0GE2)



The WestSide Stride Community pub  run/walk is a group of really cool people that live on the Westside and in the Greater Grand Rapids area. They love their community and enjoy a healthy-ish lifestyle. They are comprised of all fitness levels and many stages of life. Every Wednesday, April – October (weather permitting) the group meets at 6 pm to run/ walk a 5K. After the exercise, they meet up for beverages and dinner at one of the many local Bridge Street establishments. The saying, “there is always room for one more!” is the philosophy for this weekly event.

The group was founded by two WestSide sisters, Jes Gutowski Slaydon and Sam Gutowski when they moved back to GR and wanted to meet people in their community. The WestSide Stride is an  organization under Swift Printing & Communications Inc., in efforts with their continued community outreach.


April 19, 2017
6:15 pm
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Swift Printing & Communications, Inc.
404 Bridge St. NW
Grand Rapids, MI United States, 49504
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Jes Slaydon