Moonlight Bootlegger 5K West Michigan

To make this race a part of the Centennial Series we are headed back to where it all began for Bootlegger 5K’s in West Michigan, Ionia State Recreation Area!  This year The Moonlight Bootlegger 5K will be a part of the State Park Centennial Race Series!  That means more prizes for you, and an even more fun course!  This will be year five or Bootleggin’ in West Michigan.  See if you can make it through the moonlit trails to the finishline where you will be greated with live old timey music, moonshine cocktails, and finishers medals and glasses!

When and Where

Saturday June 8th, 2019

Ionia State Recreation Area
2880 West David Highway
Ionia, MI 48846

Course Map Coming soon!

Schedule of Events

June 8th, 2019

  • Packet Pickup – 7:00 pm -9:05 pm
  • Live Music – 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
  • Race Start Time – 9:20 pm
    • Wave #1 9:20 pm
    • Wave #2 9:25 pm
    • wave #3 9:30 pm
  • Awards – 10:20 pm

Entry Fees

Capacity 500

Through February 28th Through April 30th Through Race Day
5k  $32 $38 $45
Spectator* $15

*Spectator pass is not required to watch the event.  The spectator pass will get the purchaser a commemorative glass and two moonshine cocktails.

What You Get With Your Registration

  • Custom 2018 Bootlegger 5K shirt (Register by May 31st to guarantee a shirt.) (2018 shirt shown)


  • Post-race food and beverages
  • Two moonshine drink tickets for those over the age of 21
  • Post-race LIVE bluegrass concert
  • Commemorative moonshine mason jar
  • Commemorative Centennial Race Series finishers’ medal

Timing / Awards

The Moonlight Bootlegger 5K will be chip timed.

Awards to the top 3 overall males and top 3 overall females. Awards to the top 3 males and females in the following age groups in each race: 20 and under, 21-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60+.


Parking information coming soon!

Rules & Guidelines

ATHLETES MUST BE EQUIPPED WITH EITHER A FLASHLIGHT OR HEADLAMP TO PARTICIPATE!! In the event the race should be canceled for reasons beyond the control of the Race Director or Race Committee (inclement weather or unsafe weather conditions; local, state or national emergency), refunds will not be made, but race packets, including race shirts, will be available at a location to be determined. Information will be available on the race website.

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