Oakwood welcomes huge crowd for 22nd Annual Red October Run

The Oakwood Red October Run attracted its largest crowd ever on Oct. 6.

The event, now in its 22nd year, brought 1,503 participants from Michigan, Canada, Ohio and other states to the City of Wayne, where they had the option to compete in a 10Krun, a 5K run or a 5K walk. The event also featured a one-mile Junior October run for children of all ages.

The top winners were:

• 10K run – women: Deborah Abrams, from Clermont Florida, with a time of 42:10
• 10 K run – men: John Trojansek, from Windsor, Canada, with a time of 32:58
• 5K run – women: Suzanne Larsen, from Fenton, MI, with a time of 17:26
• 5K run – men: Keith Erichsen, from Farmington Hills, MI, with a time of 17:22

Rick and Shelly Huber, a husband and wife walking team from Montrose, MI, took the top honors in the 5K walk. Shelly finished in 32:44, while Rick crossed the finish line in 28:23.

Other notable participants included Beth Wood, IHM, an 83-year-old nun from Detroit who ran the 10K for the third time, winning her age group; several JROTC students from Wayne Memorial High school, who ran the 10K and 5K runs; a group of teenagers from Oakwood’s Inkster Teen Health Center who trained for and completed their first 5K; and a group of young students from Wayne’s Taft Galloway Lower Elementary School who participated in a summer training log program followed by the Kids’ Jr. October 1 mile. Harrison Hensley, a Michigan running community legend who has competed in more than 2,000 races, took part, as well.

For full race results, click here.

CUTLINES: The kids Junior October Mile (above) attracted dozens of youngsters to the Red October Run this year. The event focuses on participation over competition--everyone who participates is a winner!