DETROIT (WXYZ) - This year marks the 25th Grand Prix in Detroit and you can help celebrate the occasion by taking your own spin around the 2.3-mile track on Belle Isle during the Grand Prix Shakedown 5K Run and Family Fun Walk.
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. Contributions from corporate sponsors and run fees have helped the Shakedown raise nearly $500,000 over the past 20 years for charities and community efforts.
The Shakedown 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."
There will be awards for the 5k race 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. 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 and 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.
You can register at http://www.active.com/detroit-mi/running/distance-running-races/grand-prix-shakedown-2014 and get more information as well as ongoing updates at http://www.grandprixshakedown.org/