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#NABJ18 Motor City 5K Run, Walk, Bike Powered by FCA US

Saturday, August 4, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jovan Riley
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The #NABJ18 Motor City 5K Run, Walk, Bike Powered by FCA Moves Through Historic Downtown Detroit

-- Downtown Detroit landmarks were the backdrop Saturday for the #NABJ18 Motor City 5K Run, Walk, Bike Powered by FCA US. After engaging in multiple seminars designed to strengthen and enhance their professional skills, journalists, media professionals, students and educators from across the country hit the streets to strengthen their bodies and promote better health.

Hundreds of people came out to get fit in the summer sun. “I’m very excited about the opportunity to introduce people from across the country to various places around the city that are important to us historically, culturally and recreationally,” said Cassandra Spratling, #NABJ2018 bike ride coordinator.

As event sponsor, FCA helped make the event happen. “We have had a long relationship with the NABJ. We definitely share a lot of values. We support quality journalism, we support greater diversity in journalism and we thought this event was a really great way to get outside and show off the city,” said Mike Palese, manager of corporate communications at FCA US, LLC.

The event route was designed to highlight some of Detroit’s most significant sites. The 5K Run/Walk and 7.3-mile bike ride started at Hart Plaza, moved past the International Memorial to the Detroit Riverwalk, past Cobo Center and Joe Louis Arena, and along Detroit’s riverfront.

The 7.3-mile untimed bike tour also ventured past the historic Spirit of Detroit statue, the giant fist monument to Joe Louis and the Chrysler House, one of the city's oldest skyscrapers. This building adjoins the combined offices of the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News.

The course continued to 2nd Baptist Church of Detroit, which was founded by 13 ex-slaves. It is the oldest African-American church in Michigan and served as refuge to runaway slaves making their way to Canada. The course then wound through downtown, ending up back at Hart Plaza by way of the International Memorial to the Underground Railroad.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will assist with student scholarships and support for the NABJ High School Journalism Workshop (JSHOP), which provides an enlightening, informative, hands-on and challenging introduction to the journalism profession for multicultural mix of high school students.


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