As part of our city’s Break-Free Blast, this year’s annual SterlingFAST 5K becomes OktoberFAST 5K!
The family fun run begins at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 9 at Dodge Park, located on the corner of Utica and Dodge Park Roads. Participants will meet in the Farmers Market Pavilion, and the course will take runners and walkers north on Utica Road to the City’s Nature Center where participants will cross over the river and return south to Dodge Park via the park’s scenic bike path.
Community Relations Director Melanie Davis said the race is unique because of the fun and energetic setting. “We’re encouraging people to come for the run and stay for the food and entertainment that begins at 11 a.m. when the Suds ‘n’ Sounds pavilion opens. Local favorite musical acts are scheduled to perform, and a variety of food trucks will be on site to feed the crowd, closing with our national headline act: Lou Gramm, The Original Voice of Foreigner and Asia Featuring John Payne.”
The cost of the race is $25 through Sept. 1 and then $30 until the day of the race. The course is chip timed, flat, fast and will be a fun family event for all runners and walkers. Awards will be given for overall men’s and women’s winners, overall men’s and women’s masters, and age groups (top 3 in age groups separated by five years). Medals, post-race snacks and an adult beverage (for those over 21) are also included. Shirts are guaranteed to those registered by Sept. 26, with limited availability thereafter.Early packet pickup will be available at the Sterling Heights Community Center, 40250 Dodge Park Road, on Friday, Oct. 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Participants can register the day of the race and/or pick up their packets between 7:30 and 8:45 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 9 under the Dodge Park Farmers Market Pavilion.
The 2021 OktoberFAST 5K is donating a portion of the event proceeds to support the Daryl Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund. Daryl Brown was a retired Sterling Heights Police Officer, a coach at St. Anne's and Regina, as well as a longtime runner. Additional donations will be accepted at registration.
To register for the race and see a schedule of all the festival activities, please click here.
Please direct all questions to Community Relations at (586) 446-2470.