42nd Annual Reeds Lake Resolution Run 2024

31dec3:30 pm5:00 pm42nd Annual Reeds Lake Resolution Run 2024

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The Resolution Run tradition is about more than just miles; it’s about milestones. Every year, we gather to celebrate the progress we’ve made and the goals we’ve achieved, all while embracing the endless possibilities of the coming year. Make memories, make resolutions, and make the Resolution Run a cherished part of your New Year’s Eve tradition!

The 41st Annual Reeds Lake Resolution Run pulls over 400 runners and walkers for a 4.0-mile journey around Reeds Lake in East Grand Rapids, MI. It takes place on New Years Eve at 3:30 PM, starting near the EGR Middle School and Finishing in front of Collins Park.

While this race is simply a fun tradition to many people, its history started back in 1982 by the late Joe O’Brien, who owned and worked for Classic Race until last year when he sadly and unexpectedly died. Though well-hidden to the outside world, Joe also sadly struggled internally.

Joe co-founded Genesis Sports, an EGR running store and worked diligently to build his race timing business, Classic Race Management. Through Classic Race, Joe enthusiastically supported thousands of runners each year and founded the Reeds Lake Triathlon and the annual New Year’s Resolution Run. For over 30 years Joe coached diving at East Grand Rapids High School and all across the region.

Throughout his coaching career he received many accolades and produced many champions, however his proudest achievement was helping athletes – at all levels – realize their potential in the pool and in their lives. He was also a familiar face to me, personally, as an EGR graduate (Class of 1985). Joe gave back to the EGR community and to athletes in so many ways. Because of that reason, I am passionate about the continuation of this event.

For the most part, the race itself (logistics, course, time) remains the same but this year we hope to scale it up by intentionally engaging the EGR community, the businesses, and anyone that would like to take part in this frigidly fun race around our beloved Reeds Lake.



December 31, 2024 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm(GMT-04:00)


East Grand Rapids High School

2211 Lake Dr Grand Rapids, MI US 49506

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