Rise ‘n Shine Summer Races

Rise ‘n Shine 2021

As a non-profit, the YMCA’s Cause is to strengthen the foundations of our community through Youth, Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility. We refuse to turn anyone away from becoming a member or participating in our programming due to financial reasons. The Financial Assistance Program ensures that ALL are truly welcome to the YMCA. Rise ‘n Shine is our largest fundraiser of the year. Your support by running in the races or donating to our program endorses your belief in creating a better, happier community by providing youth programming, health and wellness, and an opportunity to give back. Help support the year-round work the YMCA does in our community!

Saturday, August 14

Join us Saturday, August 14 for our annual Rise ‘n Shine Walk & Run 5K! This year, we are offering a hybrid model with both in-person and virtual run options.  Childwatch is available for free on our playground to all runners and walkers who have children with them and is open from 7:30am to 9:30am. For the safety of all participants, we are not permitting strollers or pets on the race route. 

Race registration is still available online until Thursday, August 12 at 4pm. After this time, race registration will be available at the Registration tent on Saturday, August 14 beginning at 7am.

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Online Registration for Rise 'n Shine 5K and Little Rays of Sun 1K End at 4pm on Thursday, August 12.

In-Person 5K Race

$30 | Includes race t-shirt and medal. Run our official race route (details coming soon) beginning at 8am on Saturday, August 14. Official timer will be present, and official results will be published to this page.

Virtual 5K Race

$25 | Includes race t-shirt and medal. Run the race route or a different route anytime between August 1 – August 14 (you may not run the official race route during the in-person race). Registration ends August 11.

Little Rays of Sun 1K

$15 | Children ages 3-12 years old are encouraged to participate in a fun children’s 1K. Includes race t-shirt and children’s medal. Run our official 1K route beginning at 9am on Saturday, August 14. Official timer will not be present–everyone wins this race!

Virtual Children’s 1K Race

$15 | Includes race t-shirt and children’s medal. Run your 1K wherever you’d like, whenever you’d like between August 1-14. For children ages 3-12.

Packet Pick-Up Information

IN PERSON RACES: T-shirts have been ordered for each participant that registered before the July 31st deadline. Your T-shirt and race bib will be available at packet pick-up on Friday, August 13. Stop by the YMCA anytime from 7am-7pm on August 13 to pick-up your packet before the race. Packets may also be picked up the morning of the race in the Registration tent from 7-8am.

VIRTUAL RACES: We are thrilled that you are able to join us for Rise ‘n Shine from wherever you happen to be! Below is how to submit your time for the 5k race. Beginning Wednesday, August 11th through Saturday August 14th, you can pick up your Rise n Shine t-shirt and medal at the YMCA front desk during regular business hours. Even though you’re running the race virtually, we still invite you to join us at our Free Family Fun Fest on Saturday, August 14th from 9am-11am in our South Parking Lot.

Family Fun Fest

The Family Fun Fest is BACK this year! Taking place right after the 1K and 5K is our FREE Family Fun Fest. Everyone in the community is welcome to join us for games, crafts, prizes, and fun! We will have bounce houses and free snacks for kids available along with plenty of other vendors. You do not have to participate in the race or be a Y-Member to join us for this fun event!

9AM-11AM in the South Parking Lot at the YMCA

2020 Results


We are so grateful to all the runners, walkers, swimmers, and fundraisers who participated in this year’s first-ever VIRTUAL Rise ‘n Shine event! A virtual 5K allows race participants to run or walk their race anywhere they would like to at any time of the day, and allowed us to host the event in a safe way!

Visit this page for the unofficial race results! Results were uploaded individually by each participant and are based on the honor code

The 2021 event is generously supported by:

Wildfire Credit Union
Renue Physical Therapy
ATI Group
TCF Bank
Sunrise Family Credit Union
Michigan Sugar
Independent Bank
Bay City Bridge Partners