Series of popular races showcase city; some road closures affect neighborhoods in passing
Save the Earth! Aliens will be invading again on Saturday, April 22, when the 11th annual Martian Invasion of Races returns to Dearborn with an expected 7,000 runners.
The event, ironically scheduled for Earth Day this year, will feature a traditional 26.2-mile marathon and 13.2-mile half marathon, Meteor 10K and 5K runs, and the always popular kids’ marathon.
Registration, race routes and other details can be found at www.martianraces.com.
The race maps also can be viewed here:
The Martian Invasion of the Races, conducted by Ann Arbor-based organization Running Fit, is designed to help promote an active, healthy lifestyle – especially for children – with the long-term goal of ending childhood obesity and the diseases that result from a sedentary lifestyle.
Some proceeds for the 2017 event will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in Training, Michigan Chapter, and the Dearborn Recreation & Parks Department.
Ford Field Park, 500 Monroe St., is the base of operations for all the races. Starting times are as follows:
- 7:15 a.m. Marathon
- 8 a.m. Meteor 5K and 10K Runs
- 8:45 a.m. Half Marathon
- 11:40 a.m. first wave of Kids 1.2 Mile Marathon races
All the adult races begin and end in the parking lot at Ford Field Park and follow a route that takes them through a portion of Dearborn neighborhoods. Race routes were revised this year to gain more exposure and excitement for the event.
The following streets will be impacted for a short duration: Brady, Morley Avenue, Military, Alexandrine, Sylvan, River Lane, Law, Reginald, Fort Dearborn, Nash, West Outer Drive, Golfview, Cherry Hill Road, Golfcrest Drive, Shady Hollow Drive, Meadowlane Road and Willoway Road.
There will also be lane closures on northbound West Outer Drive, eastbound Ford Road and westbound Michigan Avenue on the day of the race. The exit ramp from southbound Hines Drive to Ford Road and from eastbound Ford Road onto Evergreen Road will also be impacted.
“This is a great event, not just for runners, but for our entire Dearborn community,” said Greg Orner, Dearborn Recreation & Parks director. “Many of our local runners, including a lot of kids from the Dearborn Public Schools, participate, and the event also draws thousands of runners from throughout the Midwest.”
Visit west downtown businesses; most parking is free
Runners are encouraged to stick around west downtown Dearborn after their race, where restaurants and businesses will be glad to welcome them.
Most parking options in west downtown Dearborn are available for use free of charge. Participants are reminded, however, that if they park at a meter, they need to pay the meter.