Pictured Rocks race gets deserved state notice

Hats off to the Pictured Rocks Road Race in Munising, a run-walk event which has been held for almost 40 years and has now garnered some well-deserved statewide recognition.

Recently, the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports recognized this year’s 38th Annual Pictured Rocks Road Race/Race to Remember as a quality physical activity event. As a result, the race will be included in the Pure Michigan FITness Series endorsement program.

“By endorsing local events all across the state, we hope to bring attention to the importance of physical activity and encourage our citizens to take responsibility for their health,” said Marilyn Lieber, president and CEO of the Governor’s Council. “These local events can have a tremendous impact on health care costs that present a significant challenge for our state’s economy.”

The 38th annual Pictured Rocks Road Race will be run June 23 in Munising. Organizers said the race is a U.P. racing tradition, with fans throughout the Midwest and beyond.

The racing event includes a half marathon, 5K run and fun walk begin starting at 8:00 a.m. Held along the streets of Munising in the surrounding woodlands and along the shorelines of Lake Superior, organizers said the race provides top-notch competition, unmatched natural beauty and exceptional small town hospitality.

The Pure Michigan FITness Series endorses local, regional and state events to acknowledge an organization’s ability to plan and carry out a quality event that significantly contributes to the health and well-being of Michigan residents. Organizers said the race exemplifies this core value.

“The Alzheimer’s Association and AMCAB/Senior Meals are thrilled to put on this exceptional event that brings people into the Munising community to enjoy its best features,” said Ruth Almen, regional director for the Alzheimer’s Association. “We are grateful for the support of so many volunteers and businesses for their contributions and the help it brings to our agencies as well.”

In order to become an endorsed event, an organization must complete an application form for review. Some criteria considered includes providing a positive, safe physical activity experience, using qualified officials and benefiting a nonprofit or charitable organization.

We think the recognition will draw more well-deserved attention, interest and participation to this storied race that exemplifies one more of the special things that make up Pure Michigan.