Blossomtime Festival Presents the 40th Annual Run for the Buds 5K Run/Walk

   2019 Blossomtime Festival

Presents the 40thAnnual

Run for the Buds 5K Run/Walk

Saturday May 4th, 2019


We're celebrating our 40th Run for the Buds! Mark your calendar and lace up your running shoes…it’s Blossomtime and that means we’re gearing up for the 40th Annual “Run for the Buds.”


Run for the Buds is a chip-timed 5K Run/Walk along the Grand Floral Parade route. The 5K route starts and finishes in St. Joseph. The 5K route is an out and back course following Main Street in Benton Harbor. Free parking is available at the Berrien County Courthouse on the corner of Main and Port Streets.


FEES:   15 and Over:         $25 thru 4/19

                                            $30 – 4/20 thru 4/26  

                                            $35 – 4/27 thru Race Day

            14 and under:       $15 thru 4/19

                                                $20 – 4/20 thru 4/26

                                                $25 – 4/27 thru Race Day


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Overall Female and Male Finishers in the 5K Run and 5K Walk will receive awards. Age group medals will be awarded to the top three female and male finishers in the three divisions.


Race packets may be picked up the day before the race at Silver Harbor Brewing Company, 721 Pleasant Street, St. Joseph, MI on Friday, May 3rd from 5:30PM-7:00PM.  Same day registration and packet pickup begins at 8:30 am at the Start/Finish line located on Ship Street near the St. Joseph Post Office in downtown St. Joseph. The awards ceremony will start at approximately 11:30 am. Jonny Reinhardt from Midwest Family Broadcasting will be on hand to provide music and announcements during the race.  


A portion of the proceeds will go to the Blossomtime Festival Scholarship Fund. As the oldest and largest multi-community Festival in the state of Michigan, we believe in helping young people of Southwest Michigan be the very best they can be.


The Blossomtime Festival Scholarship Fund was set up to give financial support to young men and women to further their education and pursue their dreams. We stand behind 113 years of tradition, community service, honoring the values set before us, and celebrating our beautiful and prosperous farms, fruit orchards and the agriculture that puts Southwest Michigan on the map. By supporting the Blossomtime Festival and Run for the Buds, you’re supporting the hopes and dreams and the future of Southwest Michigan! Join us for a fun-filled week to celebrate our 113th year as a Festival!


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