Update 2: Hello,
As a race director, this is the notice I did not want to send.
Due to the effects of Covid on the economy we were already down on sponsorship for this year’s race. We use those funds to help cover the expense of putting on the race. Then due to the size of our race and the current rules set in place by our State Government, our race venue decided it would be best to not have our race at their location. Between the loss of sponsors this year and then the loss of our race location we have encountered too many hurdles to be able to pull off the Heart and Soul 5k race this year.
We have a great relationship with our sponsors and race location, we thank them for their support in the past and as we look forward to planning the race for 2021. We want to thank them for their thoughtfulness in making their decisions early, which allowed us enough time to attempt to find alternate options.
Sadly we will be cancelling the race for this year, there will be no virtual option. If you wish to have a refund, please let me know, if not it will be considered a donation. Please let me know Sept 30th. Either way we thank you for your support and hope to see you in 2021.
UPDATE. We have lost out venue for the race this year due to covid concerns. We are working on an alternative plan but are closing registration until we have something in place
This fun and inspiring race benefits Ainsley’s Angels Michigan and Livingston County Special Olympics. This super flat, paved course is great for runners, walkers and wheeled athletes. The course will cover the Howell High School campus with a start and finish on the track/football field. We will abide by whatever Covid-19 guidelines are in place at the time of the race. This could mean an open start line or wave starts as well as other options In this day and age of Covid-19 and races switching to virtual events, we want you to know that we will not do this race virtually. In the event that we have to cancel due to Covid-19 you will be given the option to receive a refund (minus the runsignup fees) or to donate your entry fee.
The mission of Special Olympics Michigan is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics has an ongoing need to raise funds for rental fees at practice facilities, uniforms and to attend games/tournaments.
Ainsley’s Angels celebrates everyone’s ability by pairing runners with riders. Together, the team works to safely accomplish local road races, while having fun. The Angel Athlete-rider is the core of the team and pulls the runner across the finish line with smiles, cheers and immeasurable inspirational spirit. With the health and well-being of the Angel Athlete-rider as of the foremost priority, Ainsley’s Angels provides the equipment to ensure everyone can experience endurance events. Serving as advocates to providing education and participating as active members in our local community, we believe everyone deserves to be included. Funds raised are used to buy specialized racing chairs.
Neither of these charities charge their athletes anything to take part and they survive completely on donations.
Chip timing, post race snacks, cool swag and raffle prizes will be available. Prizes to the overall male and female winner, everyone is entered into drawings for all other prizes.
Race day sign up is allowed. In order to ensure we have enough race day swag, please register by Aug 29th. Anyone registering after that date will not be guaranteed race swag.
Strollers are welcome to take part in the event. Service animals are welcome as well, but please leave all other pets at home.