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8th Annual Go The Extra Mile for Covenant Kids

  • Running: Half Marathon Run/Hand Cycle
  • Running: 5k Run/Walk
  • Running: Youth 5k Run/Walk
  • Running: 1 Mile Fun Run
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Start Time
Entry Fee
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Swan Valley High School
8400 O’Hern Rd.

 _ 2017 Go The Extra Mile for Covenant Kids Half Marathon & 5K:

Go the Extra Mile for Covenant Kids is one facet of ongoing philanthropic activities in our community that support Covenant Kids, a dedicated fund specifically intended to enhance the care of children faced with hospitalization at Covenant HealthCare and their families.

Again this year, Covenant Kids has included a lower priced category for Youth runners aged 12 and under.  Covenant HealthCare recognizes the importance of keeping kids active and is encouraging kids to Go the Extra Mile for their peers with lower registration fees.

Challenge yourself at Go the Extra Mile for Covenant Kids and change the lives of kids in our community!

Course Info

Covenant Kids half marathon, 5k run/walk, and 1 mile will highlight several of the Bay Region’s nicest features. Both the half marathon and 5K are sanctioned by USA Track and Field; which means that not only are the courses certified by USATF as accurate, but our event management meets the gold standard as an Official USATF sanctioned event. Only a handful of events in Michigan are currently certified AND sanctioned by USATF and we are proud to provide our participants with this extraordinary quality every year. The course is flat and fast for those of you looking to PR.

The half marathon race begins by heading south from Swan Valley High School passing through Kluck Nursery and following country roads to the Saginaw Valley Rail Trail. Enjoy the wonderful trail system as you loop through the township’s countryside before making your way back to the high school. 

Without the gracious welcome of the Saginaw County Rail Trail and Kluck Nursery we would not be able to offer such a scenic and pristine racecourse. More info on the Saginaw Country Trail here. 

5k run/walk athletes will follow the half marathon athletes down O’Hern before turning north on Van Wormer Rd with a quick loop through the neighborhoods just north of the high school. 

Kids and families doing the 1 mile “fun run” enjoy a flat “out and back” route on O'Hern Rd.

Other Info

Packet Pickup and Registration:

Late Registration* and Packet Pickup 

  • Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 3:00-6:00 pm at the Rear Entrance of the Swan Valley High School Gymnasium
  • Sunday, April 30, 2017 beginning at 6:30 am at the Swan Valley High School Gym

*Note: T-shirts are not guaranteed to late registrants. Please register online to ensure your race t-shirt is available at packet pickup!


All events will start on O’Hern Road, south of Swan Valley High School and finish in the High School Parking Lot at the O’Hern Road Entrance. 

New this Year! >>  AVAILABLE UNTIL APRIL 10 - Purchase a Gift Certificate for entry to any of the 2017 events for someone deserving by clicking HERE!

Back by popular demand for this year’s event will be the addition of a Pace Team, free to athletes to sign up with to help meet individual finish time goals! It's very motivating to run with a pace team and these pacers are experienced marathoners that travel the country doing this, so it's going to be awesome having them with us in Saginaw. For more info, see: http://marathonpacing.com/covenant.php 

Join us for a MarathonPacing.com FREE Training Runs with our pacers! Click HERE for details! 

Times and Timing:

TriToFinish and Newton Race Timing will provide and monitor chip-imbedded B-tag timing (timing device inserted in bibs of participants). Participants will cross over timing pads at the start and finish so as to accurately document your race time and track your completion of the event. The 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk will not be timed.

Event Starting Times

8:00 am • 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk (not timed)

8:30 am • Half Marathon Run and Hand Cycle

8:40 am • 5K Run/Walk

Age Groups/Divisions: 

9 & Under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & over



Overall male and female winners of the half marathon, half marathon hand cycle, and 5K event will receive special “Champion Shirts” to commemorate their wins.


Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Male and Female participants will be awarded for the half marathon, half marathon hand cycle, and 5K event.


Jeff Coupie Award Ceremony – Begins at 10:30 AM

The Presentation for the Coupie Award of Courage to the Top Overall Male and Female Hand Cyclist will be followed immediately by:

  • Hand Cycle Awards
  • 5K Overall Awards
  • 5K Age Group Awards

Half Marathon Overall Awards – Begins at 11:30 AM

Age Group Awards for the Half Marathon will begin immediately after completion of the Overall Awards 

NOTE: All participants will receive their finisher medals upon completion of their event at the finish line. Once final results are posted, age group awards may also be picked up at the AWARDS BOOTH located near the registration tables.


Results will be posted periodically during the event. Final results will be available within 30 minutes after the last participant of each race crosses the finish line and will be posted online at www.covenantkidsrace.com 24 hours after event.

Rules and Regulations, 
Routes, Parking and Traffic

Swan Valley High School:

  • Access to O’Hern Road via Miller Road will remain open throughout the event.
  • Access to O’Hern Road via Van Wormer Road will be open until 7:00 AM
  • Access to high school via Swan Valley Middle School will remain open throughout the event.

Rolling Road Closures:

In place between 7:00 AM to 11:45 AM


Are strollers allowed on the course?

Jogging strollers ONLY are allowed during the half marathon. Jogging strollers and baby strollers are allowed on the 5K course but we ask that participants pushing strollers please stay to the rear of the corral at the start of the race so as not to impede runners.

Can my dog run at this event?

Unfortunately, no. Sanctioning and insurance requirements do not allow for pets to participate in this race. We don’t mind if Fido comes to watch, but he/she will not be able to participate.

What if it rains/snows/floods? Will the event be cancelled? And will I receive a refund?

This race will go on race day barring dangerous weather (i.e., tornados, lightning, extreme high winds, dangerous flooding, etc.). If lighting is present, race start time will be pushed back in increments of 30 minutes until the weather clears enough to race. Should flooding on the course occur, an alternate route will be utilized and communicated to participants. Unfortunately, we cannot control the weather and will not be able to refund participants should Mother Nature cause the event to be cancelled altogether.

Race Expo: 

Join the party at the race day Expo in the Swan Valley High School cafeteria...

  • One-stop-shop for race goodies and running gear
  • Refreshments courtesy of Tim Horton’s
  • Massage courtesy of Covenant HealthCare Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Covenant Kids activities area, music, entertainment and more!


Hand Cycle Distance: 13.1 mi Hand Cycle

Half Marathon Run Distance: 13.1 mi Run

5K Run/Walk* Distance: 5.0 km Run/Walk

Youth 12 and under 5K Run/Walk Distance: 5.0 km Run/Walk

1 Mile Fun Run/Walk Distance: 1.0 mi Run/Walk

* There will not be a separate category for walkers at this event. All participants in the 5K Run/Walk are free to run and/or walk as they see fit.


Half Marathon Run/Hand Cycle*

  • $48.00 valid through 4/27/17
  • $60.00 for on-site registration**

5K Run/Walk*

  • $28.00 valid through 04/27/17
  • $35.00 for on-site registration**

Youth 12 and under 5K Run/Walk*

  • $20.00 valid through 04/27/17
  • $25.00 for on-site registration**

1 Mile Fun Run/Walk*

  • $10.00 valid through 04/27/17

* Online Registration closes at Midnight, Thursday, April 27th. After that, ALL registrations will be completed on-site at late registration/packet pickup at the increased rate.

** See Packet Pickup and Registration times above for information on Late Registration

Personalized Custom bibs available to those who register before NOON on Monday, April 11th!


2017 race registration is open.

Registration Information.

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2012 Results at: active.com 


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