Register now for Big Little Hero Race April 13

TRAVERSE CITY — Students in the Professional Communications class at Northwestern Michigan College are hosting the fifth annual Big Little Hero Race in support of Big Brother Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

Every year the Big Little Hero Race team chooses a local hero to lead the fun run and recognize during award ceremony. This year the class sought nominations from the public and selected Ty Schmidt, the co-founder of Norte, a nonprofit youth cycling and pro-bike, pro-walk advocacy group in Traverse City.

The superhero-themed race will be held on NMC’s main campus near the Health & Science Building. The event will include:

  • 1 mile fun run/walk: Free to participate & free cape for kids
  • 5K run/walk: $20 for students, $30 for adults
  • 10K run: $20 for students, $30 for adults

Register before March 18 for early bird prices and to guarantee a free race t-shirt. In 2017 the Big Little Hero Race was voted new favorite local race by the Traverse City Track Club.

This costume-encouraged event begins at 9 a.m. with the 1-mile fun run, followed by the officially-timed 5K and 10K at 9:30 a.m. There will also be family-friendly activities until 12:30 p.m. including food, carnival games and a silent auction.

There will be awards for:

  •      Best male costume
  •      Best female costume
  •      Best child costume (male and female)
  •      Best team costume

There will be medals for:

  •      Top 3 best times for each age group for males
  •      Top 3 best times for each age group for females

In its five years the Big Little Hero race has raised more than $80,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan in support of their goal “to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally-supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better.”

To register and for more information please visit:

Release date: march 6, 2019

For more information:

Kristy McDonald
Business Instructor
(231) 995-1059

Elizabeth Manor
Student Marketing Leader
(231) 384-0857


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