Anyone who has lived in the Detroit area for even one February knows what Fat Tuesday means … paczkis.
You know them. They’ the great tasting treats that in Poland’s Roman Catholic culture were baked to use up lard and sugar in advance of the Lenten period of fasting and abstinence.
This Polish Catholic delicacy is beloved not just by Poles but here in the Motor City by people from every background. White-collar or blue, Catholic or Protestant, Jew or Gentile, Polish by blood or just in your heart, there does not seem to be any distinction. All types of people regardless of race or religion can be seen lining the block to get paczkis at Polish bakeries (and others). On Fat Tuesday everyone is Polish.
So what’s the downside?
Well, the once-a-year treat causes people to over indulge in this already calorie-filled treat. Fat Tuesday has become all too accurate phrase. Not to ruin your fun but count on about 420 calories and 25 grams of fat per 5 ounce paczki and up to 700 calories if you choose one with a filling.
Here’s the solution. Burn off the weight beforehand while at the same time soaking up the metropolitan area that so celebrates the tradition with the Paczki Run in Hamtramck. According to LiveStrong.com, most people will only burn off between 300 and 400 calories during a 5K so, depending on which paczki you choose, you’re at last half way there.
The 5k run takes place on February 9 in lovely Hamtramck and starts at 10:00 a.m. It’s brought to you by Tour de Troit and the Hamtramck Downtown Development Authority.
This is the first time the event has taken place. It begins at the corner of Holbrook & Joseph Campau. Every person who finishes the 5k run gets a paczki and a beer.
“We’re extremely pleased with the response so far, nearly 800 people have registered,” said Vittoria Katanski, co-director of Tour de Troit. “It will be a great way for people to experience Hamtramck. We’ve worked closely with the local business community to create incentives for the runners to so they stick around afterwards to enjoy the rest of the day.”
To further demonstrate what makes Hamtramck worth a look local businesses will be offering a “bib discount” when the runners cross the finish line.
The discounts include $1 domestic draft beers at New Dodge Lounge, $1 beer at the Whiskey Jar, 35% off regular retail price on clothing at Chiipss, 10% all items at Detroit Threads and a free Prince Polish candy bar at Polish Art Center. Record Graveyard will also be offering $1 off records and Amici will have $5 off any purchase $15 or more.
Will the Paczki Run be timed? Of course. The top male and female finisher in each of the seven age groups will be awarded prizes and there is also a top Male & Female Overall. Those walking alone, with strollers and with dogs are also encouraged to participate. Participants will receive T -shirt; colors will correspond with Paczki flavors: blueberry, apricot, strawberry or chocolate.
You can sign up on race-day for $35 (cash only). All proceeds will benefit City of Hamtramck’s Non-Motorized Plan.
The run is sponsored by Detroit Threads, Talmer Bank, McClure’s Pickles, Jurkiewicz & Wilk Funeral Home, Whiskey in the Jar, The Belmont Bar, Polish-American Chamber of Commerce-Michigan, Simply Suzanne Granola, New Dodge Lounge, Record Graveyard, Polish Art Center, New Palace Bakery, New Martha Washington Bakery, Sam’s Market, Alexis G. Krot, P.C., Plante Moran, Glory Supermarket, Miller Canfield and Giffels Webster Engineers.
To learn more about Tour de Troit visit: www.Tour-De-Troit.org.