It's time once again for Belle Isle's annual four-mile run/1-mile walk celebration. Taking place on the afternoon of New Year's Eve for the past 35 years, the event is currently run by Jeanne Bocci, an avid supporter of running events who has been directing the race since it began. (A cool side note: Bocci was the first Michigan woman to run the Boston Marathon in 1974 and she and her husband, Jerry, recently completed their lofty goal of participating in a run/race-walk event in each of the 50 states plus D.C.)
Festivities for this year's event begin on East Jefferson at the U.S. Marine Corps. Armory training center at 3:00 pm., followed by a race warm-up at 3:15 pm. The one-mile walk begins at 3:30 pm, followed by the run at 4:00 pm - the fitness and race-walks begin at 4:05 pm.
Articles in both the Free Press and News estimated that 1,000 runners will come out for the event.
The cost of the race is $25 for adults and $15 for kids 12 and under.
Contact (313) 886-5560 for more information.
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