The run before the big day (Fat Tuesday)! Feel better about eating those paczki, or run the route to scout out your favorite place to purchase them. The 5K route winds through Hamtramck, highlighting the city that boasts “the world in 2 square miles.” After the race, paczek and beer are served to each finisher. Na Zdrowie! Race Timing Services is providing a B-Tag timing method.
How do I get my race packet?
All Race Packets are available for pickup at 9401 Joseph Campau. **Please note Google Maps lists this address as permanently closed. The storefront will be open for packet pickup. You can beat the line on race day and pick up your packets a few days early! Stop by at the following times:
Wednesday, Feb. 19 — 4:30-7pm
Thursday, Feb. 20 — 11am
2:30pm 11am – 7pm
Friday, Feb. 21 -
Saturday, Feb. 22 — 7am – 9:45am
Can I pick up a packet for a friend?
YES! Simply bring a printed copy of their receipt or save a PDF of it on your phone.
Have a friend who has not yet registered?
Registration is available online through February 7, and again on Race day at Better Life Bags; located at 9405 Jos. Campau.
Waiting to until Saturday to pick up your packet?
We encourage you to come early- the run starts promptly at 10 AM. Come early and grab a coffee at one of the coffee shops nearby!
Gently Used Running Shoes for Donation?
Bring them with you when picking up your race packets Thursday-Saturday! We will be donating shoes to local runners in need.
Where do I park for the event?
The early bird gets the worm! There is limited parking in the lot at the race start, so get there first thing in the AM to secure one of these highly coveted spots. In addition to the lot at the start, there are several municipal lots located around the city. Please View the ROUTE MAP to see locations of municipal parking.
Street Parking is always an option! Please note that NO PARKING is allowed along the event route. Some of the best street parking options are on Jos. Campau south of the race start, and Holbrook west of the race start. Please be aware that residents have driveways and alleys and access to both of these must remain clear at all times. Any cars blocking resident drives or alleys will be towed immediately.
7-9:45 AM- Packet Pick-up at 9401 Joseph Campau, Hamtramck, MI
8 AM- Music starts! Party begins!
9 AM- Streets Close. Best to get to the start before 9- You will not be allowed to pass through barricade by car.
9:20 AM- Start lining up for the race on Joseph Campau. For the safety and improved experience for all runners, we encourage you to line up according to your pace. Runners with a pace of 7-minute miles and faster in the front,10 minutes and faster in middle, slower than 10, walkers & strollers in the rear.
9:45 AM- Weather permitting, Polish Dancers will dance on Joseph Campau in front of the start!
10 AM- RACE STARTS!
10:30 AM- Results begin to be posted and Award Pick begins at 3401 Jos. Campau
AFTER THE RACE
Packzi and Beer (if 21) for all runners! Paczki and a cup of water distributed in the middle of Joseph Campau after the run, beer in the beer tent located in the parking lot at the start.
Make sure you join us at the polka tent and dance to the tunes of our favorite polka band the Misty Blues!
THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!
The City of Hamtramck, The Hamtramck DDA, Giffels Webster, Robar PR, Amicci’s Pizza, Miller Canfield, Wheelhouse, Detroit Institute of Bagels, Capital Impact Partners, American Axle & Manufacturing. Royal Kabob, Polish Village Cafe, Eastern Distributors, Fowling Warehouse, Polish American Credit Union, Martin Best Roofing, New Martha Washington Bakery, New Palace Bakery, Baker Streetcar Bar, Beignet to Go, Bromberg & Associates, Cafe 1923, Caniff Electrical, Caramagno Foods, Darren Grow, Detroit City FC, Detroit GT, Dos Locos Tacos, Harlequin Tattoo, Home Pride Real Estate, Golani Dental Centers, Kelly’s Bar, Marica Hovland Studio, Maine Street Restaurant, Le Detroit Macaron, Motor City Sports Bar, Painted Lady, Pewabic, Pioneer Building, Polish Art Center, Polonia Restaurant, Sam’s Market, Srodek Campau Quality Sausage, Sterling Services, TCF Bank, Whiskey in the Jar, Wolverine Solutions Group, Woodward Throwbacks