Runners participate in the family friendly Kiwanis Club of Utica-Shelby Township 5K Run/Walk during a previous year.

Runners participate in the family friendly Kiwanis Club of Utica-Shelby Township 5K Run/Walk during a previous year.

Photo provided by Janice Maiorano

Kiwanis Club’s annual 5K to return

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published June 23, 2021


SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — The annual Kiwanis Club of Utica-Shelby Township 5K Pennant Race will return in September.

The family-friendly event includes a 5K Run/Walk, as well as a kids run along the warning track of Jimmy John’s Field, 7171 Auburn Road.

This is the race’s fourth year since it began in 2017. The 5K will take its mark at 9:50 a.m. and run to 11 a.m. Sept 19.

Stephanie Bennett, the club’s treasurer, said the event is a way for people to come together for a great cause.

“The event offers a great atmosphere for families and individuals. It’s a cool opportunity for fans of running and fans of baseball to come together in a unique setting and serve a purpose near our hearts — the Utica-Shelby community and the Special Olympics. The kids (and adults) love running onto the field,” Bennett said via email.

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. By hosting events, Kiwanis is able to raise money to help fund projects in the community.

Bennett said that, with this event, the Kiwanis are able to continue to help support families and those in need, and with restrictions being lifted, they can now continue to hold events and help the community.

“Over the past year, we have supported families that have struggled to make ends meet as a result of the coronavirus pandemic; ran a sanitation drive to help provide cleaning products to keep families healthy; built a wheelchair ramp; co-sponsored a webinar for middle and high school students on the importance of mental health; and supported efforts to help foster kids, children facing illnesses, and the homeless. Now that many restrictions have been lifted or eased, we are excited about new opportunities to help the community in the near future,” said Bennett.

Janice Maiorano, the Kiwanis Club of Utica-Shelby Township Secretary, said via email that the event will provide families with a fun morning of exercise and a nice view while raising money for the local community.

“The Kiwanis Club of Utica-Shelby Township supports children and families right in our community, in a variety of ways. Our 5K Pennant Race and Kids Run is a fun-filled event for the whole family. The 5K takes you on the scenic Clinton River and ends on Jimmy John’s Field,” she said.

The funds raised from the 5K will be donated to the Kiwanis Club of Utica-Shelby Township and the Macomb County Special Olympics. The cost to participate is $25 by July 1, and the kids run costs $15. Both include a shirt.

“All finishers (will) receive an event medal. Additional awards (will go) to the top male/female, master, and grand master finishers,” said Maiorano.

Pre-race packet pickup and registration will be available at Hansons Running Shop, 8409 Hall Road in Utica, from noon until 5 p.m. Sept. 18. Day-of check-in and registration will begin at 8 a.m. The kids run will kick off at 9:30 a.m. and the 5K at 10 a.m. Those interested must be registered by Sept. 1 to be guaranteed an event shirt in their requested size.

For more information on the 5K, visit is-5k-pennant-race.