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The Hastings Summerfest Sports are looking to register athletes for their 2019 competitions that will be held during the annual late-summer festival in Hastings Aug. 23-25.

The Summerfest Run returns Saturday, Aug. 24 with an enhanced course and new staggered starts. The event, hosted by Spectrum Health Pennock once again, has added staggered starts for both the 5K and 10K event to limit congestion at the race.

The Summerfest Run website, at, tells of a new “flat, straight, half mile take off as you separate from the pack before the first turn. The new course has fewer turns and a scenic stretch through the trail at Sweezy’s Pond.”

The 10K runners will begin taking off at 8:15 a.m. and the 5K event begins at 8:30 a.m. Those who complete the course with 7:30 minute miles or less can become a member of the SummerFast Club. Perks of becoming a SummerFast member include premium parking and a saved spot at the starting line for the following year.

Registration can be done through a link at the Summerfest Run webpage or by sending in a printed copy of the registration that can be downloaded from the webpage.

Contact the Pennock Health and Wellness Center with any questions at 269-948-3139.

The Summerfest Fun Run starts in the Hastings Middle School Parking lot off of Church Street following the 5K/10K event at around 9:45 a.m. Aug. 24, and ends in the Mush Field (the corner of Church/Madison). The Fun Run is one mile and everyone gets a free “finisher” T-shirt as part of the "Drug Free Crowd."

The three-in-one event, the Backwoods Triathlon featuring a 9-hole Scramble at The Legacy, and a scotch doubles bowling tournament and corn-hole tournament at Hastings Bowl for two-person teams is also  Saturday, Aug. 24.

The cost to compete is $100 for each team if registered before Aug. 18, and $110 the day of the event. Register by sending an email to There is a limit of 54 teams.

There are also opportunities once again for weightlifters, softball players and basketball players at Summerfest.

The 2019 Jim Jensen Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament will be held Saturday, Aug. 24, at Tyden Park (pending weather) in downtown Hastings. The cost to participate is $25 per team, for teams of three or four participants. T-shirts will be passed out to the first 100 at check-in. Teams are required to pre-register for the event. Check-in for registered teams will begin at 8:30 a.m. with basketball games to begin on the four courts at Tyden Park no later than 9:30 a.m. The registration deadline for 2019 is Friday, Aug. 16.

Double-elimination tournaments will be held in 12-14, 15-17, 18-25 and 25-and-up age divisions, although age divisions and tournament style may be altered based on participation. There are not separate divisions for males and females. Team and individual trophies will be presented to the winners in each division thanks to the sponsorship from J-Ad Graphics.

Registration forms can be found in editions of the Hastings Reminder and the Hastings Banner, or on the Summerfest website. Checks should be made payable to Hastings Summerfest.

Completed registration forms and payment should be sent to the Barry County Chamber of Commerce, 221 W. State St., Hastings, MI 49058. Registration forms simply ask for a team name and names and ages of each of the team's players including contact information for a team captain.

Contact Brett Bremer by email or by phone at 269-945-9554 ext. 227 for more information or for help getting a team registered for the event.

There annual slow pitch softball tournament will be held at Fish Hatchery Park and is open to the first 12 men's teams to sign-up. The cost is $200 per team. Contact Bret Miller at 269-838-6712 to register or for more information.

Summerfest Weightlifting will be held Saturday, Aug. 24. the event begins with the women's bench press at 10 a.m., followed by the men's bench press, women's deadlift and men's deadlift competitions.

The cost to participate in one weightlifting event is $6, or $10 for both events. Contact Skylar Brandt for more information at 269-804-2773.

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