An aerial shot of 2018 Run the Plank participants. This year’s event is June 29. The Macomb Township race starts at Immanuel Lutheran and finishes at St. Peter Lutheran.

An aerial shot of 2018 Run the Plank participants. This year’s event is June 29. The Macomb Township race starts at Immanuel Lutheran and finishes at St. Peter Lutheran.

Photo provided by Run the Plank


Run the Plank scheduled June 29

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published June 19, 2019

 Race organizers are estimating 1,400 participants at Run the Plank this year. Five Macomb County charitable organizations have been selected to receive proceeds from the event.

Race organizers are estimating 1,400 participants at Run the Plank this year. Five Macomb County charitable organizations have been selected to receive proceeds from the event.

Photo provided by Run the Plank

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Five charitable organizations. One 5K.

The eighth annual Run the Plank 5K run/walk and Family Fun Fitness Fair takes place June 29. The race is a combined effort between Macomb Township church’s Immanuel Lutheran, St. Peter Lutheran and St. Isidore Catholic.

Benefits4Kids, Care of Southeastern Michigan, Junior Leadership Macomb, Macomb Charitable Foundation and Trinity Community Care have been selected to receive proceeds from the run.

The race starts at 8:15 a.m. at Immanuel, 47120 Romeo Plank Road, and finishes at St. Peter, 17051 24 Mile Road. The route sends people north on Romeo Plank Road to 24 Mile Road. An awards ceremony follows at 9:30 a.m. at St. Peter. A kids 1 Mile run commences at 9:45 a.m. and the fitness fair is from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., also at St. Peter.

“The whole point is to promote health and fitness in the community,” Run the Plank Chairman Mike Fontana said. “It’s a family event that’s fun.”

Race organizers are estimating 1,400 participants for this year’s event.

Packet pickup is June 28 from noon to 8 p.m. at Immanuel, along with a complementary pasta meal.

“This is a great event for the entire community to come together and through a fun family atmosphere help local nonprofit charities,” Immanuel Pastor Greg Griffith said. “The joy of this event is that all three churches have agreed that not one dollar would go to our own ministries or communities.”

The event accommodates runners, joggers, walkers and strollers.  However, pets are not permitted.

Griffith said it takes cooperation and passion between the churches for the race to be a success.

“The team that works on this each year are truly family,” he said. “When I dreamed up this endeavor, I knew that we would do amazing things in the name of love and Jesus for our community, but I didn’t realize the impact that would come.”

Since 2012, over $264,000 has been collected and distributed to local charities. The first year saw 900 runners raise $20,000, while about 1,400 runners raised $36,750 for five local charities in 2018.

In regard to which charities are selected on any given year, Fontana said applications are posted online for charities to fill out. The race committee then puts names in a hat and picks five.

On race day, bus transportation to Immanuel runs from 6:15 to 7:45 a.m. People can be picked up from St. Peter, Macomb Lutheran North, 16825 24 Mile Road, and Ascension St. John Hospital Health Center, 17700 23 Mile Road.

Early online registration is over, but participants can pay $35 if they sign up online at runthe plank.com between now and June 27. In-person registration is available June 28 at Immanuel from noon to 8 p.m. and costs $40. T-shirts are not guaranteed for late registration.

The registration fee includes a T-shirt, cinch bag, wristband with discounts to dining and shopping establishments, a medal with lanyard, complementary pasta meal and complimentary fitness fair.

Participants must pick up their T-shirt, cinch bag and race bib on June 28, as well as confirm parking and bus transportation for race day.

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