As the sun came up over Windsor across the icy Detroit River Saturday morning, temperatures barely topped 10 degrees. But that didn’t stop 700 runners from welcoming the North American International Auto Show back to the city with a 5K race along the Riverfront.
In its second year, the Auto Show Shuffle 5K run and walk brought in more than double the number of runners from last year. Hosted by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports, the proceeds from the race will go toward funding nutrition and fitness programs throughout the state.
“Fitness is really continuing to grow. Even in the past year, there seems to be more people up and moving, “said race director Emily Schaller. “A 5k is a good place to start.”
All participants were given a medal, a race shirt and a ticket into the auto show, which opened for the first public day at 9 a.m.
The fastest man was Loren Miller, 44, of Macomb, who finished in 19:01. A Ford Engineer, he said he appreciated the tie in between racing and car racing, but it was more about training for a marathon he’s running in May.
“The course is really good. It was salted well, they did a good job keeping the runners warm before and after,” he said. “And all together that combines for a super race.”
The fastest woman was Terra Castro, 33, who lives in D.C. but was visiting family in Berkley. She came in just over 20 minutes. Her entire family raced in the Auto Show Shuffle, including her 81-year-old grandfather Bill Olsen.
“My grandfather worked for GM for more than 40 years so it only makes sense to support the auto industry, said Castro, a retired professional triathlon runner.
As someone who has run a lot of races, she says the Detroit setting gives her hope for the city.
“I just think it’s going to revitalize the city having outdoor sports here,” she said. “It’s a beautiful city, but nobody really knows that.”
As for the key to being able to run races in your 80s, Olsen says it’s a matter of repetition.
“Just keep going,” said Olson, who ran the race in 30:37. “Just keep doing it over and over.”