Join us for our popular annual events!

Amway River Bank Run

Propelling forward with nothing but arm strength and conviction, wheelchair and handcycle racers at the Amway River Bank Run compete against elite athletes from all over the world. The Mary Free Bed Guild has proudly sponsored the 25K wheelchair race since 1989 and the handcycle race since 2005.

Athletes must use a racing wheelchair or handcycle to participate. Participants include former Mary Free Bed patients, Michigan residents and athletes from across the United States and abroad. This event raises public awareness of professional athletes in the adapted sports arena.

You may register online at

If you have questions regarding registration or the Wheelchair and Handcycling Divisions, email or call 616.840.8356.

Jr. Wheelchair Sports Camp

This five-day sports camp provides youth with physical disabilities and those who require the use of a wheelchair, an opportunity to participate in sports and be active with their peers. Campers will learn how to play basketball, tennis, team handball, softball and sled hockey, try handcycling, meet new friends and much more.

Dates: July (dates to be included in the Summer RecConnect)

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Time: 8:30 am-4 pm daily

Location: Grand Valley State University, 1 Campus Drive, Allendale, MI

Age: 7-18

Cost: FREE to day campers, $200 for overnight campers who live more than 45 miles one way from GVSU.

Annual Mary Free Bed Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports Golf Outing Fundraiser

All proceeds benefit Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports programs, which continue to provide and promote competitive and recreational adaptive sports for people with disabilities.

Date: June – Click here for this year’s date:

Time: Shotgun starts at 8 am and 1:15 pm

Location: Thousand Oaks Golf Club, 4100 Thousand Oaks Drive, Grand Rapids, MI

Entry Fee: $200 per person

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If you are interested in golfing or becoming a sponsor at our golf outing, please email or call 616.840.8729.



Midwest Wheelchair Tennis Championships

You’re invited to watch Mary Free Bed’s own adult wheelchair tennis team players compete in this highly competitive, must-see hometown tournament, which is a part of USTA, NEC and ITF. More than 70 wheelchair tennis athletes travel from all over the world to compete.

Date: July (dates included in the Spring and Summer RecConnect)

Time: Matches vary from 9 am-6 pm throughout the weekend

Location: MVP Crahen, 115 Crahen Ave. NE, Grand Rapids

Cost: Free admission

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Annual Grand Rapids Griffins vs. Sled Wings Fundraiser Game

In this unique and highly-anticipated event, the Griffins will host a friendly yet competitive game of sled hockey with the Grand Rapids Sled Wings. This event benefits the Griffins Youth Foundation and the Grand Rapids Sled Wings.

Griffins players and coaches also will be on hand for autographs.

Date: February (date to be included in the Winter and Spring RecConnect)

Bikes for the Rest of Us

Riding a bike used to be out of the question for those with special needs. But it isn’t anymore. Bikes for the Rest of Us is an annual event at Mary Free Bed that introduces children and adults with disabilities to the sport of adaptive bicycling. Participants are individually paired with a therapist and evaluated to determine necessary adaptations that will enable them to pedal alongside their able-bodied friends.

Age: 3 years and older

Requirements: Participant must have a physical disability and reside in West Michigan.

To request an application, please contact us: 616.840.8356 or