GOah Noah! 8th annual bike, walk, 5K run to be held Oct. 1

The 8th Annual GOah Noah! bike ride, walk and 5K trail run will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, at Stony Creek Metropark to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit. The 5K competitive trail run starts at 9:30 a.m., with an accompanying bike ride, and 5K walk starting near the West Branch picnic area.

The theme is Wellness! with exhibits and demonstrations by local wellness professionals. A D.J. and sketch artist will add to the festivities, and there will be a 50/50 drawing. Light refreshments will be provided. Event sponsors are McDonald’s, McCain, and Dr. Pepper.

All 5K runners will receive a medal. The race cost is $25 for adults and $10 for children, ages 12 and under. (After Sept. 25, the cost increases to $35 and $20. Registration begins at 9 a.m.) Pre-register online: https://www.rmhc-detroit.org/event/goah-noah-2016/ or call 313-745-5909. A $10 fee or Metropark pass is required for park entry.

Renee Sullivan, of Shelby Township, started the event to help parents cope with medical crises. It is named after her son, Noah Wexler, who was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor, medulloblastoma, at age 9. He survived and is thriving as a 17-year-old student in 11th grade at Utica High School.

The Ronald McDonald House of Detroit offers a home away from home to families who are dealing with serious health issues that require the hospitalization of a child. The majority of families who stay at the House are tending to children with cancer.

Sullivan said, “Noah has been cancer-free for eight years and wants to know what more he can do to give back to those who’ve helped us along the way. The staff and volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit have helped thousands of families over the years. This is our way to contribute to the cause of helping families deal with and overcome their child’s cancer.”

“It’s always a great family event for people of all ages, from babies to seniors. There’s something for everyone. It really is a fun time,” said Jennifer Litomisky, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit. “Funds raised at this grassroots event will go toward our expansion campaign.”

Last year, Noah’s brother Jack Wexler, now 15, won first-place for his age group and was second place overall. Runners do it for fitness, fun or to win – it’s all about their goals.