5th annual event features community ride, kids race, and pro-am competitions


ARLINGTON, VA, August 12, 2011 – The nation’s top professional cyclists are only a week away from hitting the bricks of downtown Grand Rapids to compete for USA Cycling’s Men’s Pro Criterium National Championship. On Sat., Aug. 20, the Herman Miller Grand Cycling Classic will serve as the host for this prestigious event in the heart of downtown.


By Danielle Arndt


A park plan that includes 12 baseball diamonds, three soccer fields, acres of mountain biking trails, restrooms and picnic facilities was unveiled at the Plainfield Township Planning Commission meeting July 26.


Parks and Recreation Director John Short revealed for the first time publicly a master plan the township has been working on in conjunction with engineering firm Progressive AE, Kent County and a number of private organizations for a multi-sports complex unlike any other in the Rockford area.



Bicycle Motocross Racers (BMX) from the National Bicycle League (NBL) will descend upon Grand Rapids, Michigan for the Mid-West Challenge Championship the weekend of July 23-24. With the 2011 NBL season wrapping up in September at the Grand Nationals, Grand Rapids BMX will be the site for one of four regional championships taking place over the weekend of July 23-24. While regional champions will be crowned, points are still being awarded for the NBL National titles.


Published: Tuesday, June 28, 2011, 11:00 AM


Brian VanOchten | The Grand Rapids Press


GRAND RAPIDS -- The West Michigan Sports Commission proved it could get the Meijer State Games of Michigan -- its signature event designed to increase direct spending among visitors to the area -- up and running despite limited staff, resources and funding for the inaugural Olympic-style festival last year.


It proved it could build upon that solid foundation this past weekend.


Steve Kaminski | The Grand Rapids Press


Imagine Mike Guswiler’s surprise the day he got a text message at work, and staring back at him was a photograph of a rat.


“I wrote something like, ‘Guess what we got?’” said Julie Guswiler, his wife of 18 years. “He said, ‘I don’t know, but I think that is a rat I see in the picture.’ He told me I wasn’t allowed to stay home with the kids anymore.”


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