Lace up your shoes and cruise down Woodward Avenue

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published August 7, 2017

 All finishers of the Cruise in Shoes 5K fun run and walk will receive this 2017 official Dream Cruise medal.

All finishers of the Cruise in Shoes 5K fun run and walk will receive this 2017 official Dream Cruise medal.

Photo provided by Cruise in Shoes


ROYAL OAK — Looking for another way to travel down Woodward Avenue during the annual Dream Cruise?

Everyone is invited to lace up their running shoes and participate in the sixth annual Cruise in Shoes 5K fun run and walk beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19.

The run and walk is an official Woodward Dream Cruise event and will take participants right down historic Woodward Avenue on cruise day. 

“The real key to this is the city of Royal Oak approved us to run on Woodward, which is unheard of,” said Woodward Dream Cruise Executive Director Tony Michaels. “It’s so great.

“The cars are kind of stopped — there aren’t that many that early, but then they stack up — and there are people on the side of the road … and it is spectacular to see.”

The course begins on Yorba Linda Boulevard, winds through Royal Oak neighborhood streets and finishes at Shrine High School, 3500 W. 13 Mile Road. 

Awards will be presented following the walk and run at 8:30 a.m., and a costume contest will take place before the walk and run at 7 a.m.

“You’ll see Elvis; you’ll see Betty Boop,” Michaels said. “It’s really fun. It’s really great.”

The event is presented by AAA.

 Michaels said the idea originated about eight years ago as a possible way to generate more Woodward Dream Cruise revenue.

“We went to Royal Oak City Commission and it was approved, and so here we are,” he said.

Michaels said that past races have attracted anywhere from 950 to 1,200 people, and he projected attendance for this year at about 1,000 participants.

“It’s a 5K, it’s short, so we welcome people who want to come out and walk that 5K also,” he said.

Run organizers said there will be complimentary parking with easy in and out at Memorial Park and the Beaumont Hospital south lot. There will be limited parking available at Shrine High School for a fee.

Registration fees cost $35 through Aug. 17, or $40 payable by cash or check only on the day of the race. Awards, finisher medals and T-shirts are included in the registration cost. 

“This is a big year for us with a brand-new presenting sponsor, Ford, and this race is another great piece of Americana to go with this great event,” Michaels said.

For parking, registration and packet pickup information, visit