The streets of East Grand became a blur of green Saturday morning as nearly 3,500 runners raced in the 2019 Spectrum Health Irish Jig.

The weather was a chilly 30 degrees as the runners set off for the 5K race, wearing leprechaun hats, shamrock glasses, fluffy green skirts and colorful socks.

The 36th annual event, held near St. Patrick’s Day, each year promotes awareness about colorectal cancer and raises funds to support medical services.

“The event was awesome,” race director Kelsey Haynes said. “It was cold, but we had sunshine and dry pavement.

“We had great participation. A lot of people came out for the race and supported colorectal cancer prevention, treatment and diagnostic services.”

This year’s participants numbered 3,475 and included 57 who signed up to run as cancer survivors.

Race results are posted online by Classic Race Management.

Top finishers


Vicoty Chepngeno, 25, Bowling Green, Ohio, 15:44.42

Sara Berger, 23, Grand Rapids, 16:35.93

Joanna Stephens, 24, Rockford, 17:03.52


Wuoi Mach, 25, Grand Rapids, 14:24.68

Bryce Bradley, 25, Grand Rapids, 14:27.36

Clark Ruiz, 23, Ann Arbor, 14:30.72