The 29th Annual Wolverine Resolution Run Set for Dec. 31, 2012

Posted On: Thursday, December 27, 2012 , News

Four mile New Year’s Eve race raises money for local kids with life-threatening illnesses

ROCKFORD, Mich. (Dec. 27, 2012) – The 29th annual Wolverine® Resolution Run is set for New Year’s Eve, Monday Dec. 31 at 3:30 p.m. in East Grand Rapids.  The four mile run/walk around Reeds Lake will support Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Oncology Resource Team (P.O.R.T.) and is sponsored by Wolverine, the authentic boot and clothing brand.

P.O.R.T. is a program of the children’s hospital that supports families whose children have been diagnosed with cancer or other life-threatening diseases.  From care bags for unexpected hospital stays, to super sibs clubs for siblings of diagnosed children and support groups for their parents, P.O.R.T.  helps families in the most difficult situations.

“Learning that your child has a life-threatening condition is a heart-wrenching moment,” said Colleen Thompson, P.O.R.T. program coordinator.  “During the non-stop treatments and appointments that immediately follow diagnosis, we help families with basic needs so that they can completely focus on their child.”

Race entrants are asked to donate $5 to P.O.R.T. with their entry fee, which Wolverine matches dollar for dollar. Every entrant who donates at least $5 to P.O.R.T. will be entered into the Charity Challenge drawing; the grand prize winner will receive an airline ticket to anywhere in the continental United States. Numerous other door prizes and giveaways also will be part of the drawing. An awards presentation at Bob’s Pizza (661 Croswell Ave. SE, Grand Rapids) will follow the race.

“The Resolution Run brings attention to and supports P.O.R.T, a program that provides irreplaceable services to families in our community when they need it most,” said Kelly Redinger, marketing director for Wolverine. “We hope the community gives generously to this deserving organization, and Wolverine pledges to match all Resolution Run donations to P.O.R.T. dollar for dollar.”

Online registration is available for $28 (including a $5 donation to P.O.R.T.) until Dec. 28 at, and all registrants will receive a 2012 Resolution Run T-shirt.  From Dec. 29 -30, registration is $30 (including a $5 donation to P.O.R.T.). Registration will be held Sunday, Dec. 30 at Gazelle Sports (3930 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids) and the Rockford Footwear Depot (235 N. Main St., Rockford) from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Race day registration will be available at the East Grand Rapids High School gymnasium (2211 Lake Dr., Grand Rapids) from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 “Anyone can participate in the Wolverine Resolution Run, from life-long runners to active families,” said Joe O’Brien, Classic Race Management race director. “It’s a fun, healthy way to start the New Year and support a deserving organization like P.O.R.T.”

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Since 1883 Wolverine has taken pride in crafting durable boots with unrivaled craftsmanship and the highest-quality materials.  With a pioneering nature and dedication to innovation, Wolverine provides dependable comfort and style to hardworking men and women all over the world. For those who believe in hard work and uncompromising commitment, Wolverine offers the footwear, apparel and accessories to get the job done. For more information visit or call 866-699-7369. Wolverine is a division of Wolverine Worldwide.