Although it is not officially fall in Michigan, autumn is fast approaching. The leaves are changing, this past weekend brought us cooler temperatures and pumpkin-spice-flavored food and drinks are available pretty much anywhere you go.
Late summer/early fall also brings us a plethora of organized races, runs and walks. If you’re looking for an upcoming running event, look no further. Listed below are a few of the many running activities in the Metro Detroit area.
2015 Gilda Club Walk and 5K Run is this Saturday, Sept. 19 starting at 9 a.m. at Royal Oak High School. It is the 22nd annual event for the Gilda Family and proceeds go toward the fight against cancer. The USA Track and Field-certified race runs through Royal Oak and will make a special stop at the Gilda Club. Registration costs $25, or $30 on the day of the race.
The Great Beer Run takes place in Northville on Saturday, Sept. 26 starting at 5 p.m. It is the first ever edition of the event. It is another USATF-certified race and at the finish line, participants will receive an ice cold beer, custom bottle maker, finishing medal and a keepsake pint glass! Registration costs $45, or $50 on the day of the event.
Heroes on Hines Half Marathon is a tribute to the fallen first responders of Wayne County. It takes place on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 8 a.m. at Hines Park in Plymouth. In addition to the half marathon, there is also a 5K. All proceeds go to the maintenance of the First Responders Memorial in Hines Park. Registration costs $34 for the 5K ($40 during race weekend) and $59 for the half marathon ($70 during race weekend).
2015 Novi Emergency Challenge 5K Obstacle Race is at St. John’s Providence Park Hospital in Novi on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 9 a.m. The course contains 3-miles and 10 obstacles of challenging fun. Grab a group of friends and tackle it together! Registration costs $35 before Monday, Oct. 5.
The Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon is a staple of fall runs in Detroit. The large event takes place on Saturday, Oct. 17 and Sunday, Oct. 18 at 7 a.m. Runners have the opportunity to run through both Downtown Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, crossing the border at both the Ambassador Bridge and Detroit-Windsor Tunnel. In addition to the full marathon, your Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers proudly present the half marathon events.
Unfortunately, registration for the full marathon is currently closed. It is available for the U.S.-only half-marathon, 5K and Kids Fun Run.
This weekend, consider running (or walking) a 10K with Women’s Health magazine on Saturday, Sept. 19. The event takes place at Lole Rochester and serves to help fight domestic hunger. Your registration provides 10 meals for the hungry in your local community. Register online and save $10 off of the $35 registration fee with the code R10F10SAVE10.
If none of the above options work for you, there are plenty of other races in the near future on www.runmichigan.com. Run with a purpose and have fun.