If you’ve been to Belle Isle lately you know the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is right around the corner. Workers are readying the 2.3-mile track and beginning the process of turning this historic park, now a Michigan State Park, into a racing and entertainment center.
On Saturday, May 24 you can take your own spin around the race track during the Grand Prix Shakedown 5K Run and Family Fun Walk. The Grand Prix cars can do it in about a minute but they don’t see the sights like you will during this unique opportunity to run (or walk) the track.
By participating you can also be part of the ongoing efforts to improve safety and security in Detroit. All proceeds from the race go to the Downtown Detroit Partnership’s Safety and Security Program, a private/public strategy and implementation plan that provides a sustainable, safe environment.
The Shakedown 5K Run and Family Fun Walk, now in its 21st year, has always been a community/charity event. Contributions from corporate sponsors and run fees have helped the Shakedown raise nearly $500,000 for charities and community efforts since it began. It is presented by Strategic Staffing Solutions (S3), the Downtown Runners and Walkers, the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix and Penske Corp.
“Safety in Detroit, above all else, is essential to our city’s continued transformation,” said Cindy Pasky, founder, president and CEO of Strategic Staffing Solutions. “S³, like other Downtown businesses, is committed to making our Downtown and our neighborhoods safe and secure. The dollars raised by the Shakedown will help the Downtown Detroit Partnership provide residents, employees and visitors with that safe environment. Our goal is make all of Detroit clean, safe, and inviting.”
One of DDP’s major safety initiatives is the Project Lighthouse, a courtesy patrol program Downtown. The Detroit Police Department and more than 30 businesses in the Central Business District are partners. Each participating business – known as a lighthouse – has security personnel available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist those in need. Any business displaying a Project Lighthouse logo is considered a safe haven and is open to help 24/7. You can also call (313) 471-6490 if you are lost, separated from friends, have vehicle trouble or have other safety concerns.
By the way, DDP also runs the Clean Downtown program so if you see the Clean crew out on Belle Isle or Downtown say thank you. That group cleans up more than 500 tons for trash each year. Last year 100 tons of it came from the Grand Prix.
So please pick up any trash you have after you indulge in the pizza and beverages provided when you finish the race and, hopefully, pick up you award. There will be awards for 1st place open and master and male/female as well as awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards in 5-year age groups for the 5K. Participants will also have the opportunity to win two Delta Airlines tickets. Each person in the 5k race will have his or her name placed in a drawing. At the end of the race one lucky name will be drawn. You must be present to win.
The Grand Prix Shakedown 5K Run and Family Fun Walk is Saturday, May 24. The walk starts at 8:30 a.m. The run starts at 9:00 a.m. What a way to begin Memorial Day weekend. You can register and get more information as well as ongoing updates by clicking here. The cost is $25.