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Hess Lake Run for Wounded Warriors

A personal campaign sponsored by John Van Dam

July 9, 2022


I’ve started a fundraiser to raise money for Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) and was wondering if you would consider making a donation? Your gift will support life-changing programs that empower, employ, and engage America’s injured veterans. 

We have been having Charity 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon's around Hess Lake, Newaygo, MI since 2006, donating to Cancer Research and A-T Children's Project. With so many Veteran's across America that desperately need our help, our committee has made the decision to donate 100% of our proceeds from The Hess Lake Memorial Run towards The Wounded Warrior Project for our run on July 9th, 2022.  We will have a signup link posted soon for race signup.  

Nestled in the wooded areas just south of Newaygo, about 40 minutes north of Grand Rapids, Hess Lake offers a very unique and scenic running experience that athletes crave. Far from the "same old" streets and suburbia that runners are accustomed to, the race course challenges even the most avid runners yet offers scenery that beginners can appreciate.

All courses touch the lakeshore drives of Hess Lake. The 5K covers about 1/3 of the lakeshore, the 10K runs once around the lake, and the half marathon does a second loop around the lake. Veteran runners love the course for its uniqueness and challenging hills. Beginners love the course for its scenery and many "unplanned" water stops manned by lakeshore resident who participate on their own.

Race day parking across the street from Trinity Fellowship Church.

Thank You so much for your support and God Bless.

John Van Dam,                                                                                                  Hess Lake Run Event Chairman

Thanks to the generosity of people like you, warriors and their families will never pay a penny for these programs Wounded Warriors provides.