With summer just around the corner, I make any excuse to get outside and soak up the sunshine. Tuesday evenings just became a whole lot more exciting for me and the greater Mount Clemens community. Recently, the Macomb Family YMCA, Mount Clemens Downtown Development Authority, Macomb County Health Department and the Macomb County Executive’s Office joined together to form the Mount Clemens City Sneakers running/walking club.
City Sneakers’ mission is “to offer a non-competitive atmosphere for runners and walkers in downtown Mount Clemens by creating a healthier community stride by stride.” We meet at a different downtown Mount Clemens restaurant each Tuesday at 5:45 p.m. and participants can choose between a four-mile run or two-mile walk through Mount Clemens.
Walking and running offer numerous benefits, ranging from increased physical fitness to an enhanced sense of wellbeing. After a long day of being trapped inside an office breathing recycled air and basking in artificial lighting, I can hardly wait to join like-minded friends for a run, followed by a choice beverage from great local restaurant venues.
I have participated in two of the three events and each time enjoy running along the tree-lined streets of Mount Clemens, looking at the great architecture of the homes and meeting up with old friends, plus making new ones in a relaxed atmosphere. This past week’s event boasted around 125 participants – it’s like a flash mob of runners and a spectacle you must experience.
Each week, the group rotates between nine Mount Clemens restaurants. Future meeting spots include Three Blind Mice, The Rec Bowl, Engine House, Orleans Sports Cafe, Buffalo Wild Wings, Madison’s Pub, Bath City Bistro, Abbibo Dining & Spirits and Your Mother’s Food & Spirits. They usually offer discounted specials for City Sneakers members to enjoy.
So, come join the fun. There is no cost to join and runners and walkers of all ages are invited to participate in this weekly event. There is no need to register, simply show up in comfortable clothing. To view the meeting schedule and join the fun, go to http://citysneakersclub.com/ or visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/citysneakersclub/.
Michael Connors is the program manager of Economic Development Services with the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development.