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      WestSide Stride in Grand Rapids

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      August 20, 2019

      Tuesday   6:00 PM - 8:30 PM (weekly on Tuesdays until October 29, 2019)

      404 Bridge Street Northwest
      Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504

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      WestSide Stride

      The WestSide Stride is a free community pub run/walking group. Participants of all fitness levels are invited for this weekly event.

      What sets the WestSide Stride a part from other running groups is their welcoming atmosphere, support your local businesses mentality and casual approach to fitness. Whether running five minutes and walking the rest or running a seven minute mile, there is always room for one more.

      This is the sixth year of the WestSide Stride. Last year there was more than 1300 participants from week to week and the plan is to continue to grow, especially with our new neighbors, Fratelli’s Kitchen & Bar and Mayan Buzz and Ice Cream joining our roster.

      “I love Bridge Street,” said Jes Slaydon, Pub Run Coordinator and Community Relations Coordinator at Swift Printing & Communications, Inc., “The WestSide Stride is a perfect example of what happens when people come together to support their neighbors. When we started this in 2014, I knew we’d have fun with it, but didn’t realize the friendships I’d make and how much joy I’d get out of witnessing others making strong relationships as well.”

      The group is comprised of all ages, stages of life and fitness levels. Some patrons have come with a friend or family members, where others join the group because they are new to the area or are looking to meet new people in a healthy atmosphere.

      The free pub run/walk takes place every Tuesday, April through October, weather permitting. The 5K course includes many sites of downtown and the WestSide. Swift Printing sponsors the event and provides free parking in their parking lot and after attending ten events in a season, patrons receive a free WestSide Stride t-shirt.

      The weekly event always starts at Swift Printing & Communications, Inc. (404 Bridge St. NW) Then after the exercise, the group rotates between The Sovengard, Jolly Pumpkin, Fratellis Pizza, Fratellis Kitchen & Bar, Anchor Bar, O’Toole’s, Harmony Hall, One Bourbon, ANDO, Mayan Buzz & Chocolates and The Knickerbocker for food and beverage specials.

      For more information please contact Jessica Slaydon at 616-915-5370 or Please join our WestSide Stride facebook group. ( and follow on Instagram.

      2019 Post run/walk meet up locations:
      04.02 - Fratellis Kitchen & Bar
      04.09 - O’Toole’s Public House
      04.16 - Jolly Pumpkin
      04.23 - One Bourbon
      04.30 - Harmony Hall
      05.07 - ANDO
      05.14 - The Knickerbocker New Holland Brewing
      05.21 - The Sovengard | Biergarten and Kitchen
      05.28 - Mayan Buzz Chocolates & Ice Cream
      06.04 - Fratelli's Pizza at the Anchor Bar - Kevin’s Birthday
      06.11 - Fratellis Kitchen & Bar
      06.18 - O’Toole’s Public House
      06.25 - Jolly Pumpkin
      07.02 - No Run/Walk - Happy 4th of July!
      07.09 - One Bourbon
      07.16 - Harmony Hall
      07.23 - ANDO
      07.30 - The Knickerbocker New Holland Brewing
      08.06 - The Sovengard | Biergarten and Kitchen
      08.13 - Fratelli's Pizza at the Anchor Bar
      08.20 - Mayan Buzz Chocolates & Ice Cream
      08.27 - Fratellis Kitchen & Bar
      09.03 - O’Toole’s Public House
      09.10 - Jolly Pumpkin
      09.17 - One Bourbon
      09.24 - Harmony Hall
      10.01 - ANDO
      10.08 - The Knickerbocker New Holland Brewing
      10.15 - The Sovengard | Biergarten and Kitchen


      The WestSide Stride Community pub run/walk is a group of really cool people that live on the Westside and in the Greater Grand Rapids area. They love their community and enjoy a healthy-ish lifestyle. They are comprised of all fitness levels and many stages of life. Every Tuesday, April - October (weather permitting) the group meets at 6 pm to run/ walk a 5K. After the exercise, they meet up for beverages and dinner at one of the many local Bridge Street establishments. The saying, “there is always room for one more!” is the philosophy for this weekly event.

      The group was founded by two WestSide sisters, Jes Gutowski Slaydon and Sam Gutowski when they moved back to GR and wanted to meet people in their community. The WestSide Stride is an organization under Swift Printing & Communications Inc., in efforts with their continued community outreach.

      Cost: Free -

      Categories: Food & Wine | Health & Wellness | Neighborhood

      This event repeats weekly on Tuesdays until October 29, 2019:

      Event details may change at any time, always check with the event organizer when planning to attend this event or purchase tickets.

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