November Races Highlighted

November Races Highlighted

November Races Highlighted

Marathon season is winding down but there is no need to get into the post race blues. There are lots of fun running events in November. Let’s preview a few.

This Friday, November 02, 29th annual U of M vs MSU Rival Run at the Livonia Family YMCA. Race time is 6 pm. They have a 1, 3 and 5 mile run. Stick around for the renowned U of M vs. State Tug ‘o War, raffles, race prizes, a best dressed fan contest, and post-race bonfire.

Proceeds benefit the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign which provides program scholarships to community families who couldn’t otherwise afford to enroll their children in sports and extracurricular activities. Call 734-261-2161 or go to

On Sunday November 04, 10th Woodhaven Run in the Park begins at 9 am. Sign up for the 1, 2 or 4 mile runs. Come just for the beautiful sweatshirt, a pancake breakfast and door prizes. The run is dedicated to the memory of Bryan Joseph Weatherhead, a Woodhaven High School student.

The event has provided over $36,000 to various programs such as the Weatherhead Scholarship Fund. This year it will support Sand Castles Grief Support Program through Henry Ford Hospital, a program that provides bereavement counseling. Contact David Flaten at 734 675- 4732 or [email protected]

November 11th, 29th annual Roseville Big Bird Run begins at 10 am. The event includes a 1mile, 4km and certified, mostly flat, 10km run. The first 750 runners will receive the always interesting long sleeve Big Bird Run t-shirt and gloves provided by Hanson's Running Shops. Twenty four frozen turkeys wil be raffled off. Contact Tony Lipinski at 586-445-5480 or [email protected] Website:

November 11th, Tortoise and Hare Ann Arbor Turkey Trot at Hudson Mill’s beautiful Metro Park. Race time is 8:30 am. Distance ¼ mile, 5 and 10 km. Run both events and receive the Iron Turkey award. Contact Tortoise and Hare, 734-623-9640 Website:

November 13th, Lightfest 8k Run/Walk on Hines Drive will go off at 7 pm from the Merriman Hollow Park. Parking is available at the start and also the finish in Warrendale Park. The last shuttle bus to the start leaves at 6:30 pm.

Frequent attendee Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano had this to say about the event. “The Lightfest run has become a tradition for my family and I to participate together. It’s conducive to all levels of fitness. Runners, walkers, joggers and even dogs come out for the event. This is a safe, family-friendly event that brings people out from across the county and surrounding areas for an evening of fun, exercise and excitement while sharing with others as we kick-off the holiday season.

The nighttime run makes it unique and participants experience the first preview of the Wayne County Parks Lightfest. Participants also get into holiday spirit. Last year two girls fastened Christmas lights over their track suits and they actually lit up!”

Contact Wayne County Parks at 734 261-1990 or Proceeds to benefit Friends of Wayne County Parks.