There's some history behind this event. It goes back to the early 1800's in Finland where a local brigand called Rosvo-Ronkainen would only take troops that proved themselves worthy on a challenging track. In those days, it was common practice to steal women when raiding villages, so it was imperative that his men could "grab and go."
Perhaps you have been following the Tour de France on television and wondered what it would be like to watch or even participate in a bicycle race. Sunday, July 22nd in downtown Flint you'll get your opportunity.
The last couple of weeks have been brutal for local runners. Heat and humidity have made it really difficult to get in a good run. That's about to change, as the forecast is calling for good weather starting Saturday, which happens to be the day of the "Cops for the Community 5k run/walk in Lapeer.
A lot of you are spending your 4th of July with family and friends, enjoying a cookout or a day at the lake. My wife and I headed for Lowell, Michigan to run the T-Rex Ten Miler this morning, up and down hilly trails.
Bicycling is becoming more popular in Flint as people conserve fuel and take advantage of bike lanes that can now be found on many downtown streets. One thing that is still hard to find is parking for your two-wheeler. That is about to change.
The unusually warm weather has hurt many of the fruit crops in Michigan. Blueberries haven't had that problem. Blueberry pickin' season opens a couple of weeks early at Blueberry Lane Farms in Otter Lake (just a short 15 minute drive north of Davison).
Tomorrow is D-Day. Dirt rules! You'll be wearing plenty of it if you join us for Mud Factor tomorrow at Baja Acres on Birch Run Road in Millington. Mud Factor is a national 5k obstacle race featuring plenty of mud to crawl through, jump over and slide on.
The strike between blood services workers and the American Red Cross has been suspended, with the staff returning to work without a contract. Negotiations will continue between the union and the Red Cross to resolve the issues that led to the strike and a stoppage of blood collections for several weeks.
Running the Crim is something that most everyone can do. They have events ranging from 1 mile to the well-known Crim 10-Mile race and everything in between. Prices for entry go up July 1st. For the 10-Miler, you'll save 10 bucks by signing up before that date.
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