Snowy fun at Kentwood’s Valentine’s Dash

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With more than 80 people attending, the  City of Kentwood hosted its first Valentine’s Dash Saturday, Feb. 10.


The number was more than expected, said Kentwood Recreation Program Coordinator Spencer McKellar, who helped organized the event. Staff decided to host the Valentine’s Dash after the city’s November Ugly Sweater 5K was flooded out due to rain. Looking around, staff learned that not many races were held in February so they decided to host the Valentine’s Dash and were pleasantly surprised at the turnout.


In fact, the turnout is enough to encourage the city to host another one next year, McKellar told participants after the race during the awards ceremony. “So all of you just need to make sure to sign up again next year,” he said.


This year’s overall race winners were Josue Vasquez and Val Thomasma. Age group winners were:


18 and Under

Male- Connor Elliott

Female- Maggie Boorsma


19 to 44

Male- Derek Thomasma

Female- Katie Bozek


45 and Over

Male- David Uitdeflesch

Female- Kristi Diekevers


There also were door prizes donated by several local business including DoubleTree by Hilton, Siegel Jewelers, On the Border, Sky Zone and Biggby.


Staff said they have plans to add on to next year’s race with heart-shaped mile markers and possibly food trucks.

Winners were Derek Thomasma, Val Thomasma, Maggie Boorsma, Katie Bozek, Kristi Diekevers, Josue Vasquez, David Uitdeflesch, and Connor Elliott





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