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My Town: Suit up and get ready to sweat during 'Go Santa Go' 5k

My Town: Suit up and get ready to sweat during 'Go Santa Go' 5k

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Work off those Christmas cookies while helping families in need when the “Go Santa Go” 5k comes to Walker next month.

The family friendly 5k run/walk will unfold at Millennium Park.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank, which will be providing food to local families in need this holiday season.  Participants may also win prizes for best costume. 

For more information, visit the event page here.

My Town Plainfield Township: Triathlon draws nearly 1,000 to Versluis Park

My Town Plainfield Township: Triathlon draws nearly 1,000 to Versluis Park

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—More than 450 athletes filled Versluis Park last weekend to take part in Michigan’s only full iron distance triathlon.

It took more than 500 volunteers and numerous sponsors to pull off the ISI Michigan Titanium Sunday.  Approximately 60 percent of the athletes who participated are from Michigan, but some competitors came from as far away as Peru.  The triathlon consisted of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and a marathon run.  Some athletes were on the course for nearly 17 hours.

This year’s top triathlon finisher for men was Jimi Minnema, with a time of 9:26:04; Josephine Weeden was the first female to cross the finish line, with a time of 11:27:46. In the half triathlon, David Vanbold finished first for men, with a time of 4:19:30; Kaitlyn Patterson was the top female finisher in the half triathlon, with a time of 4:53:57.  

My Town Plainfield Township: Supporter of Michigan Titanium challenges employees to compete

My Town Plainfield Township: Supporter of Michigan Titanium challenges employees to compete

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PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Want to work for a company that embraces healthy living? Here is one amazing example.

Ryan Leestma, owner of ISI, the new title sponsor of the Michigan Titanium,  truly embraces this philosophy. He has not only committed to support Michigan’s only full iron distance triathlon for years to come as a sponsor, but also walks the talk when it comes to his employees.

Leestma has encouraged his employees to get involved with the ISI Michigan Titanium, Michigan’s only full iron distance triathlon. If they do, he will not only purchase a bike for them, but will provide other equipment and personalize training to ensure they have a great race. Why? He knows that triathletes rank among the top earners, driven, successful personalities out there, according to a recent study by USA Triathlon.

My Town: West Michigan Archery Center grand opening celebration Aug. 16

My Town: West Michigan Archery Center grand opening celebration Aug. 16

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  Community members are invited to check out the newest sporting attraction now open in Kent County.

Phase I construction of the West Michigan Archery Center recently wrapped up.  The site includes a 10,000 square foot facility, parking lot, rain gardens and practice range.  Archers can also test their skills on a world-class 3-D range.

WMAC will host a grand opening celebration and community open house Saturday, Aug. 16 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Visitors are welcome to try out shooting and meet the facility's coaches during the event. WMAC is located at 3500 10 Mile Road and shares a driveway with the Art Van Sportsplex.

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Dozens of nonprofit organizations that are close to the hearts of Consumers Energy employees are getting a financial boost.

The Consumers Energy Foundation recently awarded 78 grants worth $38,350 to organizations in Michigan where Consumers employees and retirees volunteer.  Last year, nonprofits in the state received more than $8 million from Consumers Energy and its employees, retirees, foundation and parent company, CMS Energy.  

The 2014 second quarter grant recipients include:

Allegan County

  • $450 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Baseball (Loren Barnes)
  • $550 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Football (Loren Barnes)

Ionia County

  • $550 to Portland Public Schools Wrestling Club (Chad Miller)

Kalamazoo County

My Town: Board to address ballpark water upgrade proposal following fire

My Town: Board to address ballpark water upgrade proposal following fire

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.— A plan to improve the water system at the recently burned Fifth Third Ballpark will go before the Plainfield Township Board next week.

In January, fire crews spent precious time pulling hoses 500 feet from the nearest fire hydrants to the fire at Fifth Third Ballpark.  The fire destroyed the first base concourse, including some suites.  As part of the rebuild, contractors added a modern sprinkler system and six hydrants inside the ballpark stairwells. 

Upgrades also include adding at least three more fire hydrants outside the ballpark. All of the hydrants will be fed by a 36-inch water main running beneath White Pine Trail.  The looped system would provide better water pressure because it is coming from two points, rather than one.

My Town: Date set for Art Van Sports Complex grand opening

My Town: Date set for Art Van Sports Complex grand opening

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—  A $7.8 million project nearly two years in the making will open to the public next week.

The grand opening for the Art Van Sports Complex is scheduled for Aug. 1.  The 60-acre complex is located at 3300 10 Mile Road in Plainfield Township.  Crews broke ground on the project in October of 2012; so far they’ve finished the first phase of work, which included eight diamonds for baseball and softball and a Miracle Field for players with disabilities.  Four additional fields are planned for phase two of construction.

The President of the West Michigan Sports Commission expects the facility to create an economic impact of more than $10 million during its first five years of operation. The Art Van Complex manager says ball diamonds are already booked for tournaments during 23 of the 27 weekends on the 2015 schedule.