The “Run 4 the Rouge” event will feature a four-mile trail run or a two-mile walk along the Lower Rouge River. The timed-run will begin at Connections Church, located at 3855 South Sheldon Road in Canton and participants will be treated to scenic views and outdoor family fun.
“It’s a beautiful trail to run or walk,” said Cyndi Ross, River Restoration Program Manager for Friends of the Rouge. “It’s a great opportunity for people who want to get outside and have some fun and help make a difference.”
Ross said competitive and recreational runners and walkers alike are encouraged to take part in the event.
Registration for the race is $35 per individual, and several sponsorship levels and donation options are also available in place of participation. Check-in will take place on the day of the event at 8 a.m. and the run and walk will start at 9 a.m. The run is being held in partnership with Wayne County Parks and Canton Township, as well as with support from Total Runner and Road ID, champion sponsor Environmental Consulting & Technology and MVP sponsor Utility Lines Construction Services, Inc.
For those who are interested in getting involved with the event but do not wish to do the run or walk, Ross said the organizers are looking for volunteer registration assistants and course marshals for the race day. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact the group at 313/792-9900.
Proceeds collected from the run will assist the non-profit Friends of the Rouge in its effort to promote restoration and stewardship of the Rouge River ecosystem through education, citizen involvement and other collaborative efforts. Ross said funding supports upcoming efforts such as an erosion management project October 4 in Northville as well as a “Bug Hunt” aquatic insect monitoring event October 25 in Livonia.
For more information on the mission of Friends of the Rouge and its other upcoming events, or to register to participate in or sponsor the run, visit TheRouge.org or contact the group at 313/792-9900.
MEDIA CONTACT: Aimee LaLonde-Norman, Friends of the Rouge Executive Director - 313/792-9627