2017-04-19 / Front Page

Wixom saddles up for first-ever Derby Day May 6

BY ANNE SEEBALDT
STAFF WRITER

It may not be “the most exciting two minutes in sports,” as the Kentucky Derby has been described, or involve horses, but the City of Wixom is having its first-ever Derby Day event on May 6, featuring both 5K and 10K races.

Debra Barker, economic and community development director for the city, said the DDA chose the event as an “activity that would bring new people downtown, as well as residents.”

Sibley Park is the location where all the fun starts. The Derby Day theme is utilized in multiple ways. In addition to having a race, people in attendance are encouraged to wear fun hats (mimicking the tradition of women at the Kentucky Derby.) Those wearing hats can enter a contest for which two prizes will be awarded: best hat on a human and best hat on a pet.

Vendors, including local restaurants and health/fitness-related businesses, also will take part in the fun. Many will offer coupons and/or discounts.

Race registration is from 6 to 7:45 a.m., followed by Verdurous Me’s Street Vybe Warm-up at 7:30 a.m. and a pre-race meeting at 7:50 a.m. The 10K starts at 8 a.m. and the 5K runners start 10 minutes later. Race awards are at 9:15 a.m.

Other vendor demonstrations include More Fit with Dance Fitness WERQ from 8:15 to 9 a.m. and CrossFit Fate.

Derby Day will feature singer Grace Rembinski, described as a “15-year-old phenomenon with a country vibe” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. (There will be a short intermission at 11 a.m. to distribute the Best Hat Awards for a human and a pet.)

In addition to these events, there’s the food. Discounted mint juleps (another tradition) will be offered at some local restaurants; the ones that will open early for breakfast include Volare, Alex’s, Wixom Station, Total Sports Food Truck and The Bagel Station. All day, Derby Day specials will be offered at Volare, Alex’s, Wixom Station and Backyard Coney. Other special offers include all day drink specials at Drafting Table Brewing Company, and tasty Derby Day treats from Buttercream Bakery.

Roads will not be closed for the races; the route for the 10K runs north from Sibley Park through residential neighborhoods up to Loon Lake Road, then heading east on Loon Lake Road, circling back to the downtown. The 5K race uses an abbreviated version of the same route.

Pre-registration is required for the races; the cost to participate, which gives runners their t-shirts as well as a “finisher cup” containing local business coupons, will be $35 plus a $4 signup fee for the 5K and $50 plus a $4 signup fee for the 10K at this registration link: https://runsignup.com/Race/Register/?raceId=43859#register.

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