News and Announcements

Photos of 2014 Big Smiles 5K Run/Walk Are Up!

posted Jul 10, 2014, 7:40 PM by Eric Covert   [ updated Jul 10, 2014, 7:56 PM ]

Photos of this year's event can be found on our Facebook page by clicking here.

Results Are Up!

posted Jul 5, 2014, 8:21 AM by Eric Covert

What a great day everyone! Thanks so much to all the sponsors, donators, volunteers, runners, walkers and Kid Kers who made today a very special day!! I think all of us who knew Kristen can agree that she would have been very happy to see such a fun community event for a great cause.

The results are up and be sure to check them out here:

We'll have photos to post as well in the next couple of days. Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend and be safe.

Race Information

posted Jul 4, 2014, 9:24 AM by Eric Covert

Tomorrow is the big day! For anyone who wasn't able to make it to packet pickup yesterday, here is some info for the race.

Please note, we expect long lines for packet pickup and new registrations so please plan on arriving early as we will have both open from 6:00 - 6:45 AM and the race will start promptly at 7:00 AM (EASTERN TIME).

Price Increase

posted Jun 3, 2014, 11:18 AM by Eric Covert

Hey Everyone,
The registration price for this year's race will be going up from $28 to $33 at the end of the day this Sunday, June 8th. We aren't jumping the price on you for just any reason. 

  • First, we have made a ton of upgrades for this year including:
    • $100 cash prize for top finishers
    • Tech Shirts
    • The Kids K rids race
    • USATF certified course
  • Second, we want to cut all our participants from last year a break and give them a chance to register at the discounted price of $28.
  • Third, we hope everyone who is planning to run but hasn't signed up yet will do so ASAP so we can get a good estimate to order our t-shirts and other goodies for race day.
So please, please, please sign up soon and save yourself some coin! 

Complete details and registration can be found at

New Flyer

posted May 22, 2014, 4:46 PM by Eric Covert   [ updated May 22, 2014, 4:46 PM ]

Our nifty new flyer is done for this year's race! 

Please feel free to download it and share it with all of your friends and family. If you'd like a .jpg or .pdf version emailed directly to you please let us know at

Registration Opens Tuesday, April 1

posted Mar 30, 2014, 7:49 PM by Eric Covert   [ updated May 27, 2014, 11:25 AM ]

Registration is opening this Tuesday, April 1 at 8:00 AM!

We are offering a special deal to the first 20 runners who sign up. You can save eight big ones and register for $20 instead of the normal $28. 

The catch is we need you to "Like" and "Share" this post with all your other Facebook friends out there. Do one of those two things and we'll send you the discount code that you can use to register at

Not our Facebook pal yet? Visit us at

Hope to see you guys in July!

~~Save The Date~~

posted Jan 24, 2014, 10:32 AM by Eric Covert   [ updated Mar 30, 2014, 6:59 PM ]

Hey friends! We at the Big Smiles 5K Run/Walk are hoping you have had a wonderful start to 2014.  While it may be gray and gloomy today, the days are getting longer and it won't be long til Spring has sprung and you can get off the treadmill and onto the trails.   

We are happy to announce that we will be holding this year's event at the beautiful New Buffalo Public Beach on SATURDAY, JULY 5TH, 2014.

Many more details to come but for now we are very excited to see all of you over one of the best weekends of the year to be in New Buffalo. 


posted May 25, 2013, 9:21 AM by Eric Covert   [ updated Mar 30, 2014, 7:00 PM ]

What a great day! Thank you to all who made today's race possible. We had over 160 runners and should be able to donate at least $1,000 to The Dreaming Big Fund.  We will have pictures up in the next few days but the results are ready and can be found here:

Race Information, Schedule of Events and Course Map

posted May 24, 2013, 1:58 PM by Eric Covert   [ updated Mar 30, 2014, 7:00 PM ]

Good evening everyone! Tomorrow is race day so we wanted to give you some info about the event. Go ahead and click the below link and let us know if you have any other questions.

See you at 8:00 EST tomorrow morning!

Packet Pickup Today!

posted May 24, 2013, 2:42 AM by Eric Covert   [ updated Mar 30, 2014, 7:00 PM ]

We will be at Redamak's today from 12:00-6:00 PM for packet pickup!

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