Reveal your inner hero at the Big Little Hero Race on April 20

TRAVERSE CITY — Throw on your capes and lace up your running shoes for the ninth annual Big Little Hero Race. This family-friendly event supports Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan and Northwestern Michigan College’s (NMC) College for Kids Program, and is scheduled for Saturday, April 20. Proceeds from the race will go towards scholarships for children to attend NMC’s College for Kids summer programming.

The Big Little Hero Race will start and end at NMC’s Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center and will have three race options — a one-mile fun run/walk with free entry and a free cape for all children, a 5K run/walk, and a 10K run/walk. All are welcome and encouraged to dress up as their favorite superheroes.

Hosted by NMC’s Professional Communication students, the Big Little Hero Race is an experiential learning project that allows students to practice real-world business skills by communicating with community members while promoting the importance of mentorship. Each year, the class recognizes a person or group that exemplifies the importance of mentorship in our community. The 2024 Big Hero Award will honor 95 local high school students who have donated their time as “Bigs” and mentored “Littles” across Northern Michigan.

The festivities start at 9:30 a.m. with a one-mile fun run, followed by the officially timed 5K and 10K races, beginning at 10 a.m. The race route travels through NMC’s main campus and continues onto the scenic Old Mission Peninsula. After the race, medals will be awarded for the top three times in each age category in the 5K and 10K races. Prizes will be given for top overall male and female finishers for both the 5K and 10K races. Awards will be presented for the best adult, child, and dog costumes.

Important Dates:

  • Register by March 20 to receive the early bird discounted rate ($5 off registration)
  • Register by March 31 to secure a race shirt
  • Packet pickup and in-person registration at NMC’s Front Street campus, in the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center, on Friday, April 19, from 5–8 p.m. and Saturday, April 20 (race day) from 8–9:30 a.m.

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