More than 125 Runners Run Merrily Along Michigan Avenue Before the Christmas Parade

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 12/08/2019 - 00:34
Jake Zaske (left) and Shane Pitcher (center) return up the hill toward the four corners during the Merry Mile on Michigan Avenue Saturday.

Rush hour traffic never moved so swiftly through downtown Saline.

More than 125 runners participated in the Merry Mile on Michigan Avenue in Downtown Saline Saturday evening, minutes before the Christmas parade.

The event was a fundraiser for the Saline High School cross country programs, but it also gave people the rare chance to run up and down Michigan Avenue.

Participants came dressed in gaudy Christmas sweaters and Santa caps. Some wore Christmas lights and jingle bells.

The run began at Michigan Avenue and Ann Arbor Street - and headed straight downhill in the westbound lane toward Maple Road. At Maple, they turned around and ran up the eastbound lane, going up the hill. The race ended near Lewis Street.

And if the experience wasn't already interesting enough - runners were treated to a spectacular sunset.

"It looks even better after you've run a mile," said Mitch Hall, who ran the mile in 6:31.

The fastest runner was Matt Plowman. The former Michigan track and field athlete ran the mile in 4:31.

"It was a great run. I'd never been to Saline before. It's a beautiful downtown. There was a great turnout - both runners and cheerers. I thought it was a great event," Plowman said.

Finishing second was Kevin Hall, also a runner at Michigan. Unlike Plowman, Hall is very familiar to Saline. He was a star runner for the track and field and cross country programs at Saline High School. Hall was glad to support the cross country programs.

"I can't speak more highly of (Saline Cross Country). I love coach (Carl) Spina. The priority is always being great teammates and I love that mentality. And it was just good to see a bunch of friends and teammates," Hall said.

Hall's mother and father also ran in the event.

Jennifer Blindert was the fastest female over the finish line.

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