Steve's Run

Dowagiac, MI, USA
19 Jul, 2024 (Fri)


1 mi, 5 km, 10 km


About the event

Steve's Run

July 19, 2024  |  6:00 p.m.  |  Downtown Dowagiac

Join us in the fight against cancer!

In the last 16 years alone, Steve's Run has raised over $180,000 for cancer research and student scholarships (split evenly).

To continue the tradition, the 50th Steve's Run will once again start and end in Downtown Dowagiac. Named the Original Road and Trail Race, Steve's Run will take participants through the paved roads of Dowagiac, a golf course, a cemetery, and the Southwestern Michigan College wooded trails.

We hope you'll join us to raise money for these important causes.

About Steve's Run

Steve's Run is named in honor of Steven Briegel, the son of former Southwestern Michigan College president David Briegel. Steve died in 1990 at the age of 22 after a five-and-a-half-year battle with cancer. He was a 1986 graduate of Dowagiac Union High School and had played basketball, golf, and in the band for the Chieftains. He graduated with honors from SMC and was a junior in the Ferris at SMC program at the time of his death.

After Steve’s passing, SMC’s annual Road and Trail Race, which began in 1972, was renamed Steve’s Run and was dedicated to honor all who have fought or are still fighting cancer, with proceeds being split evenly between cancer research and the Steven Briegel Scholarship.

SMC continues to host Steve’s Run yearly with the support of the City of Dowagiac and through generous donations from community partners.

Fire Up Course Signs

Honor your loved one by purchasing a "Fire Up" course sign. This custom yard sign will be placed along the 5k course (10k course will follow this path as well) to remind runners of the people that have been impacted by cancer. Proceeds from the signs will be donated to cancer research. Head to the navigation bar at the top and click "Store."


T-shirts are available through race registration, while supplies last. To be guaranteed a t-shirt, please register by June 14, 2024.

Packet Pickup

Late registration and packet pickup will be open at the following times:

July 18 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Charles O. Zollar Building at Southwestern Michigan CollegeJuly 19 (Race Day) | 4-5:30 p.m. | Beckwith Park, 121 S. Front Street, Dowagiac, MI 49047

Please note that registration on race day will be open until the race start time. However, we encourage all participants to pick up their packets before 5:30 p.m., if possible. 


Early Registration: Now–May 24, 2024

5K Run/Walk: $2510K Run: $30Family Fun Run: $1

Regular Registration: May 25–July 17, 2024

5K Run/Walk: $3010K Run: $35Family Fun Run: $1

Late Registration: July 18, 2023 and Race Day

5K Run/Walk: $4010K Run: $40Family Fun Run: $1 Awards

We will be awarding medals to the overall men and women winners in each the 5k and 10k as well as the top three male and top three female runners in each of the following groups: 

14 & under

Races offered by this event

You have 20 weeks to prepare


19 Jul, 2024 (Fri) - 18:00
5 km
On site


19 Jul, 2024 (Fri) - 18:00
10 km
On site

1 mile

19 Jul, 2024 (Fri) - 18:05
1 mi
On site


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