Monday, April 14, 2014

Press Release: Mayday 5k to benefit the MICATS

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Grand Rapids, MI - Saturday, May 3rd 2014 will be the inaugural Mayday 5k event. This event will benefit the MICATS (Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands).
The race will start at 11:00 AM at Riverside Park, North of downtown Grand Rapids. Participants can walk, run, or skateboard the 3.1 mile route. Other means of transport are also welcome. The event is open to all ages and abilities.
Organizers plan to put on a 5k every year around May 1st, also known as May Day. Each year's event will raise money for a different cause or group. The 2014 event will raise money for the MICATS, a direct action group from around the state who are resisting the expansion of oil pipelines carrying the dangerous tar sands that are responsible for countless spills and pipe ruptures. More information can be found on the MICATS website (
Local sponsors for the Mayday 5k include Black Eagle Press, a local retail and screen printing shop and Cult Pizza, the city's only farm-to-table pizzeria, and the Grand Rapids chapter of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) a labor union.
The entry fee is on a sliding-scale, with a suggested donation of $30. Participants in the race can choose their own fee amount, based on what they're able or willing to contribute. 100% proceeds will go to the MICATS. Registration for the event is open until April 19th. An event t-shirt is available for those who register before April 25th.
Interested participants can register as late as the morning of the race... however, if they want to ensure they get a t-shirt, register before April 25th.
for more information:
contact: Matthew Popovich-Judge

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