Rescue Run 5k

Third Annual

Rescue Race

Grand Rapids

September 24th Grand Valley State University (Allendale, MI)
Location View Map

1 Campus Dr, Allendale, MI 49401, United States


The Organization

Challenging Heights is an organization promoting children’s rights to education and freedom from forced labor in Ghana. For more information, visit


The Race

The Rescue Race is a 5k run/walk to support children who are victims or at risk of child slavery and forced child labor in Ghana. By registering for the Race and/or helping to fundraise, you and your friends can help rescue, rehabilitate, educate, and empower these vulnerable children and their communities. Registration includes a t-shirt, breakfast, and the chance to win great prizes!

Success of the Past Two Races


Was Raised




Sponsors & Donors

Our Schedule

Race Day


9:00 AM


Meet at the Grand Valley State clocktower for Packet Pickup and Check-in.

9:30 AM

Race Starts

Runners and walkers of all levels, join in to support a great cause and enjoy a beautiful Fall day on the Grand Valley campus!

11:00 AM


Meet back at the clocktower for snacks, refreshments, prizes, and to find out how much support you've helped raise!

Our Director

Lora studied abroad in Ghana and was able to see first-hand how incredible Challenging Heights is. She and two other students were able to raise money through the 2015 Rescue Race to donate a hospital bed to Challenging Heights for the medical rehabilitation of rescued children. This year, Lora is taking over leadership for the Rescue Race, which has become a crucial effort in West Michigan to help end childhood slavery in Ghana.

Lora Gleghorn

GVSU Graduate

Help Fundraise

Increase Your impact

Start a team with some others, set a goal and invite your friends, family, coworkers, etc. to sponsor your team per kilometer or per mile. There will be prizes for the teams that raise the most!

Start/Join a Team
Register Today

Reserve Your Spot

Sign up with the link below and pass along to friends and family and sign up under a Team Name!



Kids Registration




Student Registration

Sign up with your student email!




General Registration

$30 pays for 30 days of education for 1 child.


Have Questions?

If you can’t find the answer to one of your questions, please email

Parking is available in lots H & G across from the Kirkhof Center: Click for Map
Email us at to learn about a volunteer position! We need course directors, water station volunteers, and day-of registration and packet pick-up coordinators.
Nope, all ages are encouraged and welcome!
• Register by race day for general fee!
• Includes a free a T-shirt!
• T-Shirt
• Race Bib and Pins
• Race Packet
You will receive a confirmation email after your registration is submitted!
• Water will be provided during the race!
• Water and snacks will be provided at the finish line!
Our Sponsors

Who Make it Possible


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