Great Michigan Race Wrap Up 2010

The inaugural Great Michigan Race was a huge success last weekend in Downtown Rochester.  The event raised over $20,000 for the Special Olympics this year.  There were over 240 active racers competing and floods of onlookers and families in the Family Fun Park.  Beginning at 10:00 a.m. on the grounds of the Royal Park Hotel, the racers took off!  The course, which spanned eight miles, included spots in the DDA region of Main Street, a Zip Line over Paint Creek at the Rochester Municipal Park, … [Read more...]

The Great Michigan Race Family Fun Park Oct 17

This Sunday, October 17th, will be the first ever Great Michigan Race at the corner of Third and Water in Downtown Rochester from 10am to 4pm.  Come and enjoy the festivities and let the family enjoy all the FREE activities, from face painting to inflatables!  There will be Star Wars characters walking around, a chaos obstacle course, and the Childrens Challenge mini-race! Bring the family and support a great cause and a great event in the community! … [Read more...]

The Inaugural Great Michigan Race Oct 17

October 17: The inaugural Great Michigan Race to benefit Special Olympics Michigan boasts a unique day of adventure, camaraderie and FUN along the Rochester area roads and trails!  200 teams of 4 will run, walk or crawl to 10 challenge sites that test their GRIT & WIT, as they complete either a mental or physical task.� Teams will cross the finish line at the Family Fun & Fan Park...a true community event and FAN ZONE with FREE admission and activities for all … [Read more...]

Special Needs Athletes Create Recognition Awards

 Rochester, MI – The Painted Pot is hosting a "Paint Day" October 7 at 6 pm for local special needs athletes at their studio in downtown Rochester (421 Walnut Boulevard).  These remarkable athletes will come together to hand-paint the awards to be given to participants of the new Great Michigan Race debuting Sunday, October 17.  The flat, circular, 3-inch pottery pieces donated by The Painted Pot will serve as a medal-type award and heart-felt thank you to racers for enduring the challenges … [Read more...]

Hockey Greats Shine Spotlight on Disabled Counterparts: A True “Love of the Game” Display

The Red Wings Alumni Association hit the ice at the Onyx Rochester Ice Arena on August 21 to raise awareness and funding for their fellow hockey players with special needs.  As a pre-race fundraiser for the new Great Michigan Race that benefits Michigan's special athletes, the star-studded event radiated the lime light on the physically and intellectually disabled players, who beat all odds to lace up their skates and take to the ice.   Detroit's own Karen Newman sang the National anthem, and … [Read more...]

Onyx Hosts Great Skate for a Great Cause Aug 21

The Onyx Ice Arena in Rochester is taking center ice through their partnership with the Great Michigan Race to raise funding and awareness for Special Olympics Michigan.  Starting Friday, August 20, the Onyx will kick-off the Great Michigan Race Summer Classic adult hockey tournament fundraiser for 32 teams in 4 divisions to accommodate players of all ability levels.  Then, players and fans will be treated to a star-studded Detroit Red Wing Alumni Fundraiser Game on Saturday, August 21 at 7:30 … [Read more...]