Wyoming resident Laureen Robinson, 53, took up running following the tragic death of a family friend during the Fifth Third River Bank Run. At her son’s encouragement, Robinson took her running to the next level by competing in the Meijer State Games of Michigan and later competing in her first State Games of America.
Ruari Griffin, 11, competes this weekend in her third State Games. Griffin took up archery three years ago after a medical condition left her unable to continue swimming.
Andrew Bremer began playing soccer at age five and by age seven he was trying out for a travel soccer team made up of nine-year-olds. The Grand Rapids resident said he was following in the footsteps of his older siblings.
From competitive yoga to daredevil stunts, there is plenty to do this weekend in Grand Rapids. Check out GR|Mag’s top weekend picks.
Amateur athletes from as far away as Hawaii are descending on Grand Rapids this weekend for the State Games of America, an Olympic-style competition that includes 12,000 competitors in 48 sports across 35 venues.