Runners line up for the start of the 1-mile fun run. Organized by the Recreational Authority of Roseville and Eastpointe, the Big Bird Run benefits local nonprofit organizations.

Runners line up for the start of the 1-mile fun run. Organized by the Recreational Authority of Roseville and Eastpointe, the Big Bird Run benefits local nonprofit organizations.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Residents participate in 40th annual Big Bird Run

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published November 14, 2018

 Jim Bassett, of Roseville, a Navy veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, finishes the Big Bird Run in Roseville Nov. 11.

Jim Bassett, of Roseville, a Navy veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, finishes the Big Bird Run in Roseville Nov. 11.

Photo by Deb Jacques

ROSEVILLE — The Recreational Authority of Roseville and Eastpointe hosted its 40th annual Big Bird Run Nov. 11.

Runners and walkers from around the community gathered together at the RARE Recreation Center for the run. Named for its tradition of giving out free turkeys to some of the runners, the Big Bird Run is a 10K, 4K and 1-mile fun run. All proceeds from the event will be given back to the community service organizations that volunteer at the run.

“It was mainly to provide a family fitness outing, and now it is used as a fundraiser, so the proceeds go to several community service organizations, such as the Optimist Club, the Roseville High School Band Boosters, ASPIRE, the Kiwanis Club and the Goodfellows,” Tony Lipinski, the executive director of RARE, said in October. “Those groups, in turn, help out families in the community.”