Hundreds lace up for 5th Cruise in Shoes on Woodward

Melissa Burden
The Detroit News

Royal Oak — – Hundreds of people parked their classic cars and laced on their running shoes instead to cruise Woodward on Saturday during the fifth annual Cruise in Shoes 5K Fun Run/Walk.

Organizers say 1,000 runners and walkers registered for the event that gives participants a chance to run on the historic cruising route ahead of the official start of the Woodward Dream Cruise.

“This really broadens the whole Dream Cruise experience,” said Tony Michaels, executive director of the Woodward Dream Cruise.. “It’s really healthy, a great event to kick off the day.”

Tracy Warrick of Macomb Township wore a black and red poodle skirt to get in the mood for the big cruising day. It helped her win second last year in the race’s costume contest.

“It’s just fun to be out on Woodward, see a couple of cars,” she said ahead of the start.

Chequeta McCree, 46, of Detroit said walking on Woodward was “amazing”: “I’ve never done the Dream Cruise before, so I’m going to take it all in.”

Drew Mleczko, 11, of Royal Oak ran the course, which starts and ends at Shrine High School and winds through neighborhoods, in about 22 minutes.

“It was fun because it was right on the Dream Cruise,” he said, adding he saw a lot of cool cars while running.

Many racers planned to watch cruisers for at least part of the day including father and son Bob and Bobby Offman of New Boston.

Bobby, 9, was excited to run his first Cruise in Shoes. He said he liked seeing a Ford Mustang and Model A. “One exhaust pipe was massive,” he said of one car he got a glimpse of.

Bob Offman, 54, said it was his fourth Cruise in Shoes race. He likes how well organized it is and that he can see some old Detroit Muscle.

“It’s the only opportunity to run down Woodward,” race director Nancy Smith said. “They love it. Already people are out with their cruisers and they get to be part of that.”

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