By Bill Stevenson

We’re back!  Well … we never really left.  

We just transmogrified into a different realm. This year we’re going hybrid.  

ThZe 19th(!) annual Simsonian 5K Kick-Off Classic will offer both a virtual opportunity for runners or walkers of all stripes, ages, shapes, and sizes, and a return of the long awaited in-person 1 mile Fun Run/Walk and 5k Race.

The window for the virtual race will run from Sunday, Aug. 1 to Friday, Aug. 20. For those who can’t make the in-person race, you can make the virtual race your own and run your 5K at your own place, your own pace, your own race.  You can use your GPS to run, walk or crawl your 1 miler, or race your 5K.  

When you have completed your virtual best, you can upload your time on the website to record your results.

Or, you can make the scene and enjoy the freedom and rush of real life competition in-person. 

The traditional Simsonian 5K Kick-Off Classic will be held on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021 at Grosse Ile High School 7800 Grays Drive. The 1 mile Fun Run/Walk begins at 8:30 a.m. with the 5K Race following at 9 a.m.

The 19th Annual Simsonian is held in memory of beloved Grosse Ile High School teacher and coach, Steve Sims who died unexpectedly of a dissecting aortic aneurysm in 2003.

All proceeds from the race, virtual or not go to a scholarship given to an outstanding female scholar/athlete at GIHS. More than $42,000 has been awarded throughout the race’s history.

As in the past, the 5K race will be timed by Race Time Services and Chronomaster Gary Olsen providing a chip-timed event. Even if, heaven forbid, COVID restrictions are reimposed, the race can have a socially distanced start and finish.  

Real racers know the best social distancing is when you run faster than everyone else, and run away from your competition.

Help the cause (and the race directors) by registering now at

Costs are $30 for the virtual race (includes postage and handling for coveted T-shirt and race info). In-person costs are: Ages 10 & under – $10;  students, 18 & under – $20;  adults – $25; late or race-day entries – $30.

In-Person Awards: 5K first male/female overall. Gold, Silver & Bronze- Male/Female age group 12 & under; 13-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & over.  

The in-person gig – with real people – includes an after party with DJ, refreshments and raffle prizes (must be present to win).

So, either way – virtual or in-person, come join us for a good time and an even better cause supporting a great Grosse Ile tradition.

‘Cause, “That’s the Spirit that Made America.”

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