Register now for Big Little Hero Race April 22

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College professional communications students are organizing and hosting the eighth annual Big Little Hero Race and the Future Generation Celebration Music Festival on NMC’s main campus on Saturday, April 22.

Both events are an experiential learning project to raise funds towards NMC College for Kids scholarships for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan. Last year’s event raised $5,000 for scholarships. Participants are encouraged to come in their favorite superhero costumes. Following the races there will be children's games, a silent auction, food, and new this year, the Future Generation Celebration music festival.

The Big Little Hero Race includes three races which all start on NMC’s main campus:

  • 1 mile fun run/walk: Free entry, includes a free superhero cape for kids
  • 5K run/walk: $20 for students, $25 for adults
  • 10K run: $25 for students, $30 for adults
  • Virtual race: $20

Every year, the Big Little Hero Race selects a local hero to honor during the race. This year’s race will honor Kari Kahler, NMC’s associate dean of Learning Services. Kahler has championed student success via mentorship throughout her lengthy NMC career. Kahler has created a program in which NMC students mentor Blair Elementary School students in an effort to support positive change in the students' lives.

This year, the Big Little Hero Race is collaborating with NMC Audio Technology students to create the Future Generation Celebration, a free music festival organized and run by NMC students. Acts include Brotha James, Breathe Owl Breathe, and Dixon’s Violin.

Register for the Big Little Hero Race before March 20 to receive a $5 early bird discount, and before April 10 to guarantee a free event T-shirt. For more information, or to register for the race, visit

Release date: MARCH 7, 2023

For more information:

Kristy McDonald
NMC Instructor
(231) 995-1059

Alex Grassa
BLHR Marketing Team
(231) 883-8055



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