The Big Little Hero Race has been canceled

UPDATE - The Big Little Hero Race has been canceled due to the COVID-19 crisis.

TRAVERSE CITY — Grab your capes, put on your masks, and join local running legend Tony Anderson for the sixth annual Big Little Hero Race Saturday, April 18 on the main campus of Northwestern Michigan College (NMC).

NMC Professional Communications students host the event as an experiential learning project to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan (BBBS), which provides professionally supported mentoring services to at-risk children. This year's race will honor Traverse City resident Tony Anderson, who will join the field and run his final race before his 51st marathon.

As 2020 marks the end of Anderson’s journey to run a marathon in each state, it represents the start of many children’s own journey alongside a Big Brother or Big Sister. Anderson’s endeavor has raised $500,000 for BBBS.

“Would I run 51 marathons to change the cycle of poverty for one kid? Absolutely, yes. There's nothing more important than changing the cycle of poverty for one kid,” Anderson said.

With the 2020 event, the Big Little Hero Race is expected to surpass $100,000 in funds raised for BBBS.

All races will begin and finish near the Health & Science Building on NMC’s campus. Options include:

● One mile fun run/walk: Free. All participants will receive a gold cape
● 5K run/walk: $20 for students, $30 for adults
● 10K run: $20 for students, $30 for adults

The costume-encouraged Fun Run will begin at 9 a.m. and is followed by the 5K and 10K which simultaneously start at 9:30 a.m. Register by March 8 to receive a $5 discount and free race T-shirt. To register and for more information, please visit

Food, a children’s carnival and an awards ceremony will follow the races.

Release date: FEBRUARY 26, 2020

For more information:

Kristy McDonald
NMC Instructor
(231) 995-1059

Molly Thomas
Student Marketing Leader
(810) 335-7481


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