Run the Pointe sets date of Oct. 1

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published March 23, 2016


GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Runners, you can lace up your sneakers. The Grosse Pointe South High School Athletic Booster Club has gotten the go-ahead for its annual Run the Pointe race, which will take place in the Farms this year, starting and ending at South.

Booster Club board member Bill Costello appeared before the Farms City Council March 7 to seek approval for the event, which raises money for the school’s sports teams. The main difference this year is the date. Last year’s run was Sept. 26, but this year it’s being held in October. Costello said they chose this date because it didn’t conflict with high school football or other events.

“There’ll be no difference in the run,” he told the council. “It’s the same course. We’ll supply all of the volunteers.”

The route takes participants through the Farms primarily along such main roads as Fisher, Grosse Pointe Boulevard and Kercheval Avenue.

The event is a 5K/10K road race and 2-mile walk fundraiser, and most of the participants are South students, organizers said. This year will be the 14th annual Run the Pointe; the first one was held in 2003. 

The race has generally attracted about 500-550 participants, Costello said.

“We’d like to take that up a bit,” he said, noting that “100 percent of the proceeds” benefit the athletic programs at South.

The run starts at 9 a.m., and Costello said their volunteers will  do all of the setting up and tearing down, including placement of traffic cones along the route.

“How are we in relation to the Rotary Fun Run?” City Councilman Joe Ricci asked.

Costello said that event will take place a week earlier.

Public Safety Director Daniel Jensen said these two runs have “different locations, (a) different crowd.”

Jensen said Costello “is very well-prepared” to oversee this event.

City leaders are familiar with Costello in a different capacity.

“Bill Costello is our web designer for the city (website),” City Manager Shane Reeside said. “He did a great job (on the redesign several years ago), and he continues to provide support for that.”

The council voted unanimously in favor of the proposal for this year’s run.

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