Release your inner superhero

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College’s Professional Communication Class will host its second annual Big Little Hero Race Saturday, April 16. Proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan to help match children with mentors.

This superhero-themed race will start at 9 a.m. at NMC’s West Hall with a course along the Old Mission Peninsula. The Big Little Hero Race will include:

  • One mile fun run - free

  • 5K walk/run - $30 to register ($15 students)

  • 10K run - $35 to register ($15 students)

All participants who register before April 1 are guaranteed a collectible technical running shirt. Children will be given a free collectible superhero cape to wear during the fun run. There will be awards for the top three male and female racers in each age category and best male, female, child and team costume.

Following the race there will be fun, family friendly activities including a silent auction, cookie decorating, and balloon animals.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan mission is “to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally-supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better.”

This year’s race will be dedicated to local runner and mentor Tony Anderson, who has completed more than 34 marathons for BBBS. Anderson says he has experienced what the “littles” -- the mentored children -- are going through and wants these children to have a better future. “I have slept in their tears and walked about in their confusion, the kids are what matter the most to me,” explains Anderson.

This race is a service learning experience for NMC students practicing the professional skills they are learning in the classroom.

To register, go to Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are available and needed.   

Release date: march 2, 2016

For more information:

Kristy McDonald  
NMC Instructor
(231) 995-1059

Adam Panek
Student Contact
(231) 564-1855


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