Each child who participates in the Marathon’s Kids Expo activities will receive a free ticket to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Over The Top coming to The Palace Nov. 18 – 22.

Children from across metro Detroit will want to lace up their clown…uh, running shoes for the third annual Detroit Free Press/Flagstar Marathon, Whole Foods Health and Fitness Expo, and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Red Nose Run events on Saturday, Oct. 17 and Sunday, Oct. 18.

The fun begins in the Ringling Bros. kids area of the Whole Foods Health & Fitness Expo at Cobo Center on Saturday, Oct. 17, with different activities taking place every hour. All expo events are free and each child who participates in the featured Ringling Bros. activities will receive a free ticket to a weekday. performance of Over The Top, coming to The Palace of Auburn Hills next month.

Featured activities at the kids expo area provided by Ringling Bros. on Saturday, Oct. 17 include:

11 a.m. – Noon                Ringling Bros. CircusFit® Presentation – active fitness demonstration with Ringling Bros. Clown
Noon – 1 p.m.                  Activity Hour – juggling and balancing activities
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.                 CircusFit Presentation
2 p.m. – 3 p.m.                 Ringling Bros. kids races – open to all kids 12 and under
3 p.m. – 4 p.m.                 Q&A with CircusFit Representatives

“We are thrilled to partner yet again with Ringling Bros. to host the Red Nose Run and CircusFit events in conjunction with the marathon,” said Patricia Ball, executive director of the Detroit Free Press/Flagstar Marathon. “The Detroit Marathon is committed to the health of local residents and these Ringling events help us to encourage young people to lead healthy and active lifestyles in a fun and motivating manner.”

In addition to receiving a free ticket to a weekday performance of Over The Top at The Palace, each child who participates in the CircusFit activities will receive other Ringling Bros. goodies (while supplies last) and also meet a Ringling Bros. clown. CircusFit is a national youth fitness program from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey that encourages America’s youth to lead healthy, active lifestyles by combining the fun of circus skills with stretching, strength building and aerobic exercise. Free fitness plans and activities are available at www.CircusFit.com.

The fun will continue on Sunday, Oct. 18, at the 5K Fun Run/Ringling Bros. Red Nose Run. The run is the opportunity for children to experience the thrill of the race in this 5K precursor to the marathon. The run kicks off at 7:30 a.m. at the marathon start line. Adults and children may participate together in the 5K Fun Run/Red Nose Run. To register, go to www.freepmarathon.com and follow the registration link. Interested participants can also register in person at the Whole Foods Health & Fitness Expo.

All participants in the 5K Fun Run/Red Nose Run will receive an official short-sleeve wicking shirt, commemorative finisher’s medal goody bag and free admission to the Marathon Expo.

To find out more about the fun events surrounding the Marathon, please visit www.freepmarathon.com.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Over The Top will play The Palace of Auburn Hills Nov. 18 through Nov. 22. One hour before show time, ticketholders are invited make their way to the arena floor to learn how acrobats stay CircusFit. Fans will also be able to clown around with Ringling Bros. performers; try their hand at circus antics, such as juggling; and meet the human and animal stars of the The Greatest Show On Earth®. It’s all part of the All Access Pre-show and FREE to every ticket holder!

Over The Top is a wacky and whimsical circus spectacular where audiences will experience maniacal mayhem as Ringmaster Chuck Wagner and clown eccentric Tom Dougherty compete for control of a magical top hat that brings to life their fantastical imaginations.

 Tickets to Over The Top range from $12.50 to $21.50. Additionally, specially priced VIP, Front Row and Circus Celebrity seats are available at The Palace Box Office, at all Ticketmaster locations, online at www.ticketmaster.com and by phone at1-800-745-3000 .

Over The Top show dates and times: Wednesday, Nov. 18 and Thursday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 20 at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 21 at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 22 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.


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