News & Notes - 8/23/23 Troy Times

Troy Times | Published August 25, 2023

Photo provided by Delance Farrell


Athens athletes earn honors at AAU Games
Two Troy Athens track athletes, Julian Farrell, a rising junior, and Evan Watson, a rising senior, along two other high school athletes, Drew Graves and Derrick Lee Jr., ran in the men’s age 17-18 4 by 400-meter relay at the 2023 Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympics Games July 29-Aug. 5 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Their team finished in sixth out of 62 teams and earned All-American status.

“It was our relay team’s goal to become All-American,” said Farrell. “I am very happy to have done this with Evan, since we have been running with each other since middle school and we have seen each other grow. The competition was very hard. Achieving sixth place in the whole country was a big deal, especially out there in the heat and having to stay ready and warmed up all day.”

“It was a very fun experience to compete on such a high level. It was a huge college facility, and it was fun to compete with some other elite athletes across the nation,” added Watson. “Me and Julian have known each other since middle school, and we reached our goal that we set this summer to become all-American. Now that just motivates even more to strive to be all-American again next year, because I know I will be.”

Additionally, Ava Davis, a Class of 2023 Athens graduate, finished eighth in the age 17-18 women’s high jump at the competition.


Troy Community Chorus welcomes new members
The Troy Community Chorus is welcoming members to join its 2023 fall season starting on Tuesday, Sept. 5, at Troy Athens High School, 4333 John R. Road.

Registration will take place in the choir room 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 5, 12 and 19, followed by full rehearsals 7:30-9:30 p.m. The first show will be the Winter Concert, which will take place on Friday, Dec. 1, for $45 per individual or $80 per couple.

Founded in 1978, the Troy Community Chorus is a non-audition choir consisting of more than 70 adult members from across the metropolitan Detroit area who love to sing, and want to develop their vocal skills and have fun in the process. Singers are expected to have a pleasant vocal quality, be able to match tones and musical patterns, and attend rehearsals regularly. For complete information, visit


Sixth annual Patriot’s Race to return Sept. 10
White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery will host the sixth annual Patriots Run/Walk on Sunday, Sept. 10 at its location at 621 W. Long Lake Road.

The event will benefit the Michigan Wounded and Returning Warrior Program, which supports veterans wounded in combat. It will mark the 22nd anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. Accordingly, there will be a moment of silence at 9:03 a.m. in memory of the attack on the second tower.

The Patriots Race will begin at 9 a.m. with a 10K and a 5K timed race, followed by a run/walk. The cost to register varies between $23 and $50, depending on distance, age and veteran status. Registration can be done at; search “white-chapel-patriots-race.”

Gold, silver and bronze commemorative dog tags will be awarded to top race finishers, and each participant will receive a T-shirt and participation dog tags. Prizes will be given for the most patriotic attire.

“Dedicated runners and walkers compliment us on the race course and how much they look forward to the Patriots Race,” said David R. Krall, White Chapel vice president. “Our 210-acre park-like setting is ideal for the races. Race experts believe the White Chapel Patriots Race course may be the flattest and fastest in southeast Michigan. … Families, veterans and the community are invited to help us support the Michigan Wounded and Returning Warriors Project.”