Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Local road races

Well, it's almost the end of the summer, and school starts soon. What better way to soak up the last of the summer sun than with outdoor exercise? Road races are fun for all ages, and you don't have to train much to run one; you can even grab a couple of friends and just walk together! Here are a few notable races happening around Michigan that you might be interested in:

Run for the Hills
Date: August 16
Time: 8:30 am
Location: Farmington
Description (from the website):
"Welcome runners, walkers, sponsors, and volunteers to the 5th Annual Run for the Hills, created to offer an awesome even for everyone and generate money for the Special Olympics Athletes of Oakland County."

Run Between the Vines

Date: August 16
Time: 7:30 am
Location: Jackson
Description (from the website):
"Join us in the naturally calming and stunning landscape of Sandhill Crane Vineyards just 20 miles west of Ann Arbor. The half marathon will take you from the vineyard to rolling dirt back roads shaded by a tunnel of trees...the out and back Vineyard to Vineyard 5K is a friendly and fulfilling romp to the woods and back where the wine will be flowing!"

sign up: http://runvines.com/ (the registration for running is full, but you can still volunteer).

Glow in the Park
Date: August 16

Time: 8:50 pm
Location: Milford
Description (from the website): 
"The best way to light up the night! The ultimate party fun run! But most importantly, it's the freakin' awesome foam-pits-fluorescent-colors-blacklights-glowing-warpaint-dance-moves night you'll never forget!"

Montrose Blueberry Festival 5k and 8k Road Race
Date: August 17
Time: 7:30 am
Location: Montrose
Sign up: 

The Crim
Date: August 22
Time: 8:00 am
Location: Flint
Description (from the website): Don't miss out on one of the largest and most beloved races in the country!

And just in case you miss the first glow run....

Glow in the Night 5K
Date: August 22
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: Detroit
Description (from the website): 

"Come for the 5k, but stay for the glowing after party! Dance the night away under the black lights while getting covered in more glow dust. Enjoy yourself with family & friends as we throw more color in the air every 10 minutes! You won't want this fun one of a kind night to end!"

Sign up: 

A few tips to save money:

1. Volunteer to help at a race! You'll meet great people, have lots of fun, get a free T-Shirt, and it is FREE!
2. Sign up as a team for a discount on your entry fees!
3. Sign up early! There is usually a discount for joining a race in advance.

If you find you are addicted to racing after trying any of these, check out http://www.runmichigan.com for more! There are races all year round.

Happy Running!!
by Clarissa

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