Run Through the Rapids

October 22, 2012   |   Giving Back, News

Members of Team Woodways express their enthusiasm to race and show their support on WZZM 13 as the kick-off to the Grand Rapids Marathon 2012 weekend begins:

We had 13 amazing employees & friends join Team Woodways for the Run Through the Rapids 5k on Saturday, October 20, 2012. Two of our runners placed in the top 3 of their age group and all of our racers finished strong. All members of Team Woodways proudly sported royal blue racing shirts that read, “Born to Run. Built to Give Back.” It was a great race for beginners or for seasoned 5k runners who are looking for a challenge!

The “Born to Run. Built to Give Back” motto that Team Woodways’ displayed has a much deeper meaning than running in races. Woodways builds and manufactures custom cabinetry to create the opportunity to give back. By supporting Woodways, you’re supporting many amazing causes ranging from the local community to a national level. Choose Woodways for your next project, and help us help others. Keep reading to find out how to join Team Woodways for our next race, and check out the unique and scenic course we ran through.

Proceeds from the race went to benefit the YMCA Camp Manitou-lin Scholarship Fund, which helps send children to summer camp and reduces tuition costs for all young campers.

They weren’t kidding when they called it Run THROUGH the Rapids! The race course went winding around, up, down, and back again through downtown Grand Rapids and along the riverbank of the Grand River. For a beginner, this was the perfect race – it was scenic, the weather was amazing, and it kept you interested in everything that was going on. For the more seasoned runners, this was a great way to challenge yourself (and your goal race time) with inclines, obstacles, and distractions.


It was an exciting day that turned out to have amazing fall weather. We couldn’t have asked for a better team, a better day, or a better cause to donate our Saturday morning to. To view all of the pictures from race day, please visit our facebook album and don’t forget to like us!

To view other races that Team Woodways has been involved in, visit the Give Back section of our blog. If you’d like to join Team Woodways and race along side of us (and get one of our race t-shirts!), please e-mail Laura Schmidt at to get e-mails and announcements about upcoming races!