Holiday Cheer At 7th Annual ChoiceOne Bank St. Nick Kick
By Alexis Mercer
Santa and Mrs. Claus, holiday music, jingle bells, snow globes and holiday cheer were all present at the 7th Annual ChoiceOne Back St. Nick Kick on Saturday, December 2. The only thing missing was snow. But the runners didn’t mind that the weather was unseasonably warm. The sunshine was a welcome sight for this holiday event.
129 runners participated in the annual race with registration proceeds going to the Newaygo Public Schools Cross Country Program.
The ChoiceOne Bank St. Nick Kick is part of the Newaygo Christmas Festival put on by the River Country Chamber of Commerce. Other events include the Christmas Walk the Friday evening before and the Season of Hope Charity Auction the prior Thursday evening.
Runners came from all around, including Kalamazoo, Muskegon, White Cloud, Newaygo, Grand Rapids, Cedar Springs, Fremont and other towns around West Michigan.
Newaygo County businesses that supported and made this event possible were ChoiceOne Bank, Magna Mirrors of America, MassMutual Mid-Michigan Ed Fedell, Gene’s Family Market, Fremont Area Community Foundation, Land & Lake Realty, Ottowa Point, Newaygo Family Dental Care, Kohley’s Superior Water & Propane, Anderson’s Silk Screening, Tamarac, North Woods General Store, River Valley Physical Therapy, Cronk’s Oakridge Motel & Restaurant, Sui Generis Home Furniture, Family Health Care, Flying Bear Books, and Dan Vos Construction.
A full listing of racer results by age category are posted below.