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Jam Dam Scramble

Sun September 26, 2021 Wilson, MI 49896 US Directions


5K Run/Walk

9:30AM EDT - 12:30PM EDT
Open to ages 5 - 100.


N13925 County Rd 551
Wilson, MI US 49896


The Jam Dam Scramble is a 5K Run/Walk organized by the Wilson Junior Academy to benefit local and regional charities. This year's benefiting charity is the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Alger Marquette). Per their website, NAMI is dedicated to improving the quality of life for persons and their families affected by mental illness. NAMI strives to achieve its mission through support, education, advocacy and research. (

The run/walk takes place along the delightful countryside of the "Jam Dam" village area near Wilson, MI. This route takes you on about 1.5 miles of pavement, just over 0.5-miles of gravel road, and just under 1-mile of trails following the beautiful Cedar River. This event offers a dazzling mix of scenery and easy trails for walkers and runners alike! 

Please visit the "Event Info" tab for more important details.

Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, please contact the race director at

COVID-19 Important Notes

We understand that you may be concerned with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and you may have questions about how that impacts our race:

"What efforts are you making to mitigate risk?"

  • We are capping the total race capacity at 100 participants.
  • We are providing a more spread-out start line (participants are encouraged to follow social-distancing guidelines).
  • We are encouraging non-vaccinated participants to wear face coverings at the start and finish of the race. You may take the face covering off during the race once you've created separation from the group and if you find yourself in distress - but we encourage you to wear it as long as you can. NOTE: Vaccinated participants are not required to wear a face covering.
  • We will be providing a limited quantity of free, disposable face masks for racers/spectators (first-come-first-served). You are welcomed to bring your own face covering, however, please make sure it is functional and appropriate. 
  • We are providing hand sanitizer at all stations.
  • Non-vaccinated spectators are encouraged to wear a face covering (exceptions will be made for those with medical conditions).
  • All volunteers will be wearing masks/face coverings.

"What happens if the race gets cancelled?"

  • The race will be cancelled if the state restrictions listed in the most recent executive order are revised to prevent us from having such a gathering.
  • In the event of a cancellation, those who have registered and paid will be issued a registration refund. Please note that may retain any processing fees on registration or refunds. We cannot cover their fees.

"I feel sick, but have not been diagnosed with COVID-19, am I still allowed to attend?"

  • No. If you become sick, please stay home.

While at our race please practice good hand-hygiene and follow suggested social-distancing techniques.

Race Route

The attached map shows the course with a mile-by-mile breakdown. Race starts and finishes at the Wilson Junior Academy. The course is relatively flat, save for a couple moderately-sized hills near the beginning and end of the race. A water station will be provided at about the halfway point of the race. 


Big thanks to this year's sponsors!

Platinum Level

  • Anytime Fitness: 906-233-0000 (Escanaba, MI)


  • Tilbert's Brake & Alignment Shop: 906-786-5184 (Escanaba, MI)
  • Pinecrest Medical Care Facility: 906-497-5244 (Powers, MI) 


  • Prised Auto: (Gladstone, MI)


  • Embers Credit Union: (Escanaba, MI)


  • Groleau Construction, Inc: (906) 639-2067 (Wilson, MI)

Gold Level

  • Cedar River Taxidermy: (906) 368-0048 (Wilson, MI)

Silver Level

  • Berger Dairy: (906) 639-2029 (Wilson, MI)

Upper Peninsula Road Runners Club

Members of the Upper Peninsula Road Runners Club (UPRRC) who sign up will receive a $1.00 discount!


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