Spring Fitness: Fun Runs, Races & 5Ks of Southeast Michigan

By: Scott Davis | April 7, 2015

Spring has finally sprung in Michigan, which means we can expect a few things. For starters, warmer weather (knock on wood), April showers that bring May flowers and on the not so rainy days, outside events! Some of the more popular outdoor happenings in Metro Detroit always tend to be runs and 5Ks.

There are marathons, races, obstacle courses and fun runs just about every week in the area. Some are for a cause, some are for competition, some are for training and some are just for the simple joy and stress relief running can bring. No matter the reason you choose to run, here are some upcoming events to keep in mind.

Big House 5K: Trail to the Victors takes place this Sunday, April 12 at 8:30 a.m. in Ann Arbor. The second annual road race is a USA Track and Field (USATF) certified event. In 2014, the race helped raise an astounding $96,000 for six local, nonprofit beneficiaries and it will once again partner with them in 2015. The 5K begins at the Stephen M. Ross Athletic Campus and finishes on the field of Michigan Stadium (the Big House). Registration costs $40 or $48 after April 11. You can also donate, if you’d rather.

Martian Invasions of the Races Marathon and Half Marathon certainly puts an interesting twist on your normal, everyday marathon. The event, which takes place in Dearborn on Saturday, April 18, will in fact have martians roaming around. This race is also USATF certified and provides a plethora of opportunities—marathon, half marathon, 5K, 10K and even a kids’ marathon. For race times and other information on each, click here. You can also register and view course maps on the website. Prices vary by race.

McLaren Let’s Move Festival of Races is a spring tradition in Macomb County and begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 25 in Mt. Clemens. The nonprofit Macomb Health and Fitness Foundation puts on the event to promote healthy lifestyles. The festival includes a full marathon, half marathon relay, 5K run/walk, one mile riverwalk and a kids’ run. For the course maps of each and more information on the races, check here. Similar to the martian races, the price varies by race, but registration is available online.

Grave Digger’s Dash is expecting more than 1,000 runners and walkers for the first ever installment of the event in Downtown Pontiac on Sunday, April 27. Costumes are welcome, as the streets shall be flooded with zombies, ghosts and ghouls. Plus, best costume wins a prize! There is a timed 5K for runners and walkers, a timed “Monster Mash Mile” run and a post-race party at Erebus Haunted House. All of the information you need, as well as registration, is available on the website. Awards will be given to top overall male and female finisher, as well as top male and female in each age category.

The Super Run is a 5K race and fun run/walk that happens on Saturday, May 2 at Wayne State University in Detroit. The race begins at 8 a.m. and goes until 11:30 a.m. The 5K costs $35, or $40 day of the race and the fun run is free! The event is super hero themed (runners are encouraged to wear capes) and events are all family friendly. Proceeds of the event go toward nonprofits and charities. Volunteer to work the event, donate to one or more of the charities or register to run if you would like to be a part of this event.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. There are hundreds of races taking place this spring. For a full list, please visit www.runmichigan.com. Whatever your reason is for running, make it count!