This is a runner’s alert! Two 5k races coming up

Come this May in Lake Orion there are two classic runs that will appeal to runners of all age groups, pace and skill level.
So mark your calendars, lace up your shoes and get ready for running on two of the most beautiful courses in the area.
Saturday, May 20 is a great way to start your weekend with a 5K run/walk starting on the majestic grounds of Scripps Mansion at Guest House on the corner of Scripps & Joslyn Road.
This is a 5K race (3.1 miles) labeled as a Run Over Addiction that will take runners over some of the most scenic roads and trails in Lake Orion.
It is a timed race and is certainly a good tune-up for all the other races that one can enjoy over spring and summer in Pure Michigan.
Having participated in this event since its inauguration, I can personally tell you that this event will become a permanent event on your running calendar.
The camaraderie, the abundance of food and refreshments post-race and the neat shirts will delight all runners. Make it a family affair and you will not be disappointed! There is even a bounce house for the children.
The race starts at 8:30 a.m. with ample parking available at Christ the Redeemer Parish parking lot, where shuttle service is available.
So see you there. For questions, please contact Lisa Drummond at 248-393-8967 or
Then on Sunday, May 21 runners have an opportunity for another tune-up by signing up for the 20th annual Lake Orion 5K Dragon Dash.
Whether you run, walk or stroll, come out and enjoy the pleasant scenery along the beautiful Polly Ann Trail.
This is a certified course that starts and ends at the Orion Center. Runner check-in is 7:30 a.m., with the Dragon Dash starting at 9 a.m. Awards will be given out at 10 a.m.
Register on-line at
So, what could be better than a double opportunity to unwind from a long winter by competing in a couple of warm up races – both 5K’s?
Come out and join your neighbors and friends. You’ll be able to see the exquisite grounds of Guest House and enjoy the beauty of the Polly Ann Trail – it doesn’t get any better than that.
— Bill Kalmar
Lake Orion resident

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