Run Du Nain Rouge Returns Sunday, March 23rd

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The Run du Nain Rouge returns to Detroit’s Cass Corridor on Sunday, March 23 as a pre-cursor to the annual Marche du Nain Rouge parade. Race participants can help run the monstrous Nain Rouge out of town during this 5K, which starts at 11 a.m at the corner of Cass and Canfield (501 W. Canfield Street).

Tour de Troit is proud to bring back the Run du Nain Rouge for its second year after 500 runners participated last year. Participants can register for the 5K at; online registration is $35 through Thursday, March 20 but will rise to $40 on race day. Registration includes a t-shirt, and the top 15 finishers will be rewarded with a Nain Rouge-themed prize— while the slowest 10 will be punished with gifts selected by the red imp himself. Run times will be posted at

“We’re so excited to bring back this run,” said Vittoria Katanski, co-director, Tour de Troit. “We had such a great turnout for its inaugural year, that we just had to do it again. It’s such a fun event, especially because of all of the theatrics and enthusiasm that surrounds the Marche du Nain Rouge. We are happy to add to the tradition!”

Everyone is then encouraged to participate in the Marche du Nain Rouge, which begins immediately after the race. Named one of the 100 things you must do in Detroit in 2013 by HOUR Detroit, this spirited march will head down Cass Avenue and feature Detroiters in costumes warding off the evil Nain, who is rumored to have been haunting Detroit since 1701. The Marche will conclude at Cass Park, where revelers will banish the Nain Rouge and rid Detroit of its woes. For more details and updates on Marche du Nain Rouge festivities, visit

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About Tour de Troit
The mission of the Tour de Troit is to promote and encourage bicycling and bicycle safety through education, public events, collaboration with community and government organizations and support for non-motorized infrastructure.

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