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 Runners race down Woodward Avenue during the Cruise in Shoes 5K last year. The race will precede the Dream Cruise and will take place at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18.

Runners race down Woodward Avenue during the Cruise in Shoes 5K last year. The race will precede the Dream Cruise and will take place at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18.

Photo provided by Nancy Smith

5K to kick off Dream Cruise in Royal Oak

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published August 7, 2018

ROYAL OAK — The Cruise in Shoes 5K will return to Shrine Catholic High School for a sixth year on Saturday, Aug. 18 — the same day as the Woodward Dream Cruise.

The course will begin on Yorba Linda Boulevard, travel along Woodward Avenue for a mile, then weave through neighborhoods and return to its starting point at the high school.

The race will begin at 7:30 a.m., and race director Nancy Smith said it will be done by 9 a.m.

All are encouraged to come out and run or walk, and the proceeds will benefit the Dream Cruise.

“I’ve been on board with it since it started,” Smith said. “It has kind of been a dream for a lot of years to have a run to kick off the Woodward Dream Cruise.”

She said the logistics of the 5K were a challenge because so many other events already take place as part of the overall Dream Cruise, but in the end, everything came together.

“We were off of Woodward in half an hour. It doesn’t interfere with the cars, and it’s a really fun event,” she said. “I just found out this year that Woodward was the first (concrete) paved mile in our country — it’s like you’re a part of history.”

She said the 5K is an all-ages event that draws a lot of families with children, as well as novice and elite runners.

All participants will receive a custom tech shirt featuring the Woodward Dream Cruise logo with preregistration and a finisher medal at the end, and the timed event will include an 8:30 a.m. award ceremony for age group, overall and masters winners.

Smith said the event includes post-race refreshments, and a DJ will be playing music to pump up participants.

Complimentary parking for race participants will be available at the Beaumont Hospital south lot, located across the street, from 6 to 10 a.m.; at Memorial Park, on the northeast corner of 13 Mile Road and Coolidge Highway; and at Shrine High School from 6 to 10 a.m. for $5.

“You can get down there and out before it gets more crowded, if you want,” Smith said. “We’ve had, like, 800 to 1,000 (people participate in the race). ”

She said the race attracts a lot of repeat participants.

“It’s addicting. I live in Shelby Township and I never had been to the Woodward Dream Cruise, but when I was pulled on board as race director and getting it set up, I was looking at the classic cars and thinking, ‘This is so cool,’” Smith said. “I love it. I look forward to it every year.”

Registration for the Cruise in Shoes 5K costs $30 before Aug. 10, $35 from Aug. 10 to Aug. 16, and $40 on race day.

Registration is available online at; during a packet pickup event from 6:15 to 7:30 a.m. Aug. 16 at New Balance, 821 E. Big Beaver Road in Troy; or on the day of the event at Shrine Catholic High School, 3500 W. 13 Mile Road.

Mitch Loney, of SMZ Advertising, said the proceeds from the Dream Cruise get divvied up per community.

“Larger communities with more involvement get the majority of proceeds,” Loney said. “The formula is based on the amount of population and the amount of real estate. Each community (in the Dream Cruise) gets proceeds from the event.”

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