Metro Detroit often plays host to road races, obstacle courses, 5K runs and more, and summertime is peak season for such events. Sunshine, warm temperatures and fresh air are all things that make up perfect running conditions, and that is generally what this season brings us.
There are several runs set to take place throughout the summer in southeast Michigan. Whether you are a competitive runner, run for exercise or are looking to try something new, there are options available for runners to meet their personal goals. Here are just few events to keep in mind in the upcoming weeks.
Run the Plank happens this Saturday, June 27 at 8:15 a.m. in Macomb. The 5K race begins at Immanuel Lutheran Church and, as the name suggests, runs along the east side of Romeo Plank Road. The race finishes at St. Peter Lutheran Church on 24 Mile Rd. Participants can register online until Thursday, June 25 for $35. In-person late registration is available on Friday, June 26 from noon to 8 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church (there is no race day registration). This is a USA Track and Field certified race.
Clawson Freedom Run takes place the following day, on Sunday, June 28 at 7:30 p.m. The Freedom Run is a community tradition, and runners race through the tree-lined streets of Clawson. Registration is currently open for the 5K race, which costs $15 per person. There is also a one-mile long fun run for kids. Registration for the fun run is free, but registration with a t-shirt costs $5. The 5K will be timed and the top three finishers for both men and women will be awarded a trophy, as well as the top man and woman in each age group.
9th Annual Hungry Duck Run races on the Fourth of July. What better way to celebrate Independence Day than by raising awareness and raising funds to fight hunger in Livingston County? There is both a 5K and a half marathon run. The race starts and finishes at St. Paul in Downtown Brighton, with the half marathon beginning at 7 a.m. and the 5K beginning at 7:15 a.m. Registration for the 5K costs $25 through Monday, June 29 ($30 after) and $40 for the half marathon ($50 after June 29). There is also a Duckling Dash for the youngsters, which is free. Check out the course map.
The Mastodon runs in Saline on Saturday, July 11 at 9 a.m. It is a three-mile long boot camp-style obstacle course that is both fun and challenging. Obstacles include, but are not limited to: hills, mud, water and woods. The race is available for both adults and families. For adults ages 17 and older, the cost is $30. For families, the cost is $50 and for kids ages 9 to 16, it costs $15. On-site registration adds $10 to each category. The race takes place during the Saline Celtic Festival, and registration to the obstacle course includes entry into the festival.
Farmington Founders Festival 4 Mile happens on Saturday, July 18 at 9 a.m. at Shiawassee Park, on the corner of Power Road and Shiawassee Road. The last mile of the race is on the festival’s parade route, which allows for hundreds of people to cheer the runners on. Registration costs $20 and includes a t-shirt. The race will be timed by the Michigan Running Foundation and awards will be given out to the overall and master winners. Runners are welcome to check out the Founders Festival after the race.
As always, this list does not even begin to cover the numerous running events throughout Metro Detroit. There are several more to come in August and into the fall. Check out www.runmichigan.com for other races throughout the Mitten. Whatever the reason is for your running, keep up the good work!