Hit the Pavement! Races in Metro D

By: Kate Chidester | July 23, 2013

Thousands have already registered for this year’s Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon and Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Half-Marathon on October 20. Which means, for those of you who took the plunge and signed up, it’s time to start training!

Okay, I realize I am probably a little behind with that statement. I know many of you ambitious runners have been hard at work, hitting the pavement for months already. Believe me when I say, I applaud you! Since I had strongly considered registering for the half-marathon myself, I realized I needed get an idea as to what I would be getting myself into.

After lacing up my shoes and going for my “test” run, I am too embarrassed to admit how far I actually made it before wanting to take a nap in the grass. The words “in over my head” quickly came to mind.

Luckily, I found plenty of helpful information, as well as an extensive list of races at runmichigan.com that I could sign up for to help me condition myself for potentially taking on a whopping 13.1 miles. There’s also a great training schedule at halfmarathons.net to help keep yourself on pace.

Below are just a few of the upcoming races in Metro Detroit that feature anywhere between 5k and 10k distances:

Road Runner Classic – Northville

July 27th

37th Allen Park 10k and 5K Run – Allen Park

August 3rd

Run for the Hills – Farmington Hills

August 17th

Run Wild for the Zoo – Royal Oak (Detroit Zoo)

September 15th

Oakwood Red October Run – Wayne

October 5th

For those of you who are planning to attend the Woodward Dream Cruise, you can get your training in (prior to admiring classic cars) by participating in the Cruise in Shoes 5k in Royal Oak.

Whether you’re running a half-marathon, a full-marathon, or you’re just looking to complete your first 5K, there are no shortage of opportunities to do so in Metro Detroit.