RMDC Weekend and 4th of July Running and Racing Preview

RMDC Weekend and 4th of July Running and Racing Preview

By Steve Marcinkowski, RunMichigan.com

Despite the warm temperatures which are forecasted, there are several races to choose from this holiday period that will see hot times and great performances.

Plenty of races are scheduled in the Metro Detroit area. Here are two of the many which benefit great causes.

The Run the Plank 5K Run/Walk is a USATF certified race in Macomb Twp., which takes place at 8:15 AM on Saturday the 30th. Created to help a great cause, this race is jointly run by Immanuel Lutheran Church, St. Isidore Catholic Church and also St. Peter Lutheran Church. Proceeds from this race will benefit Soles4Souls, a non-profit organization that donates new and used shoes to those in need. The course begins at Immanuel Lutheran Church, located just north of 21 Mile Road on the east side of Romeo Plank Road and will end at St. Peter Lutheran Church (24 Mile and Romeo Plank) where a Family Fun Fair open to the public will take place following the race.

Yet another race to support a great cause this Saturday is the Run for the Red 5K in Harrison Twp. This race benefits the Red Cross and the services they provide to Southeast Michigan. Race location is at the Lake St. Clair Metro Park (formerly Metro Beach) on Metro Parkway at Lake St. Clair. Race start time is 8:00 AM.

On Saturday in Lansing, the 2012 Heart of Michigan road race has a 5K, 10K as well as a One Mile run. The 5K and 10K both start at the Dunham's Sporting Goods Store in the Frandor Shopping Area and finish at Lansing Community College. With a portion of the registration fees going to support Healthy Kids, Healthy Michigan and the Michigan Children’s Trust Fund, this is another great race for the community to support.

For you thrill seekers, the Rock the World 5K Obstacle Course in Grand Ledge is filled with a dozen obstacles that will be challenging for any age level. Following the race, participants can stay and enjoy food, drinks and live bands.

On Sunday, the Pickerel Run 10K and 5K in Algonac celebrates its 30th anniversary. An 8:30 AM start time allows plenty of time for the festivities of the day to take place. A parade and carnival honoring Independence Day are scheduled following the race.

Speaking of Independence Day, there are several races scheduled for the 4th.

Honoring Ryan Shay, former Olympic Marathon hopeful, the 4th annual Ryan Shay Midsummer Night Run is at Thurston Park in Central Lake at 7:00 PM Wednesday. Shay passed away at the US Marathon Olympic Trials in 2007. The 5K and 10K courses run through the roads and trails that Shay once trained in. Proceeds from this race go to the Ryan Shay Memorial Scholarship Fund.

In Frankenmuth, the always popular Volkslaufe is celebrating its 37th running. With USATF certified distances of 2K, 5K, 10K and 20K, there is a race for everyone.

The Ann Arbor Firecracker 5K is an Ann Arbor tradition which takes off just before the 4th of July Parade. $4 of each entry fee will be donated to the University of Michigan's Project Healthy Schools to support childhood wellness and help fight childhood obesity.

Also on the 4th, The Clawson Firecracker Mile always brings out some of our state's fastest racers. There is prize money on the line for the first three overall men and women. The first male to cross the line in under 4 minutes will receive a $1,000 check. For the women, the first finisher under 4:30 will also win $1,000. The first, second and third place finishers will receive prize money of $300, $140 and $60, respectively.

And finally, if you are in beautiful Northwest Michigan on the morning of the 4th, join in on another very long standing running tradition in our state, The Boyne City Independence Day Run. For information on these and many other upcoming races in our state, please visit the RunMichigan.com Calendar. And, check back after the fourth for our Michigan racing and running recap.