Bastille Day Race scheduled for July 9 at Fenton | News for Fenton, Linden, Holly MI

The 20th Annual July 14 Run presented by Foundation Systems of Michigan will be held July 9 in downtown Fenton. The event includes three timed races: the 15 km run, the 5 km run and the 5 km walk. The start time for the 15K is at 7:45 a.m. and the 5K run is at 8:00 a.m., followed immediately by the 5K walk.

The hilly and challenging 15K starts in front of Crust on Caroline Street and then heads south through the town of Fenton. Runners loop south to Lake Runyan and then back to Fenton, braving the famous Denton Hill in the very last part of the run. Denton Hill being as difficult or more difficult than the infamous Bradley Hills of the Crim race, many runners use the Bastille 15K as preparation for the Crim 10 mile, which takes place in August.

“From the first time we had the Bastille 15K, we heard people’s response that it was extremely difficult, but they absolutely loved it,” said Mark Hamel, one of the race’s founders. “If you can do the Bastille 15K, you’re golden for Crim.”

The 5k run and 5k walk run through the beautiful neighborhoods of Fenton, ending in the city center, where participants can enjoy the famous Bastille Day Race French bread and a live band. All proceeds from the races benefit Genesee County Habitat for Humanity’s mission to provide affordable, decent housing in the area.

This year’s presenting sponsor is Foundation Systems of Michigan.

“FSM has always been connected to the communities we serve,” said Rebecca Laurie, executive director of Foundation Systems of Michigan. “We are very proud to work with Habitat for Humanity to help provide housing opportunities and strengthen communities. Our team looks forward to these opportunities to connect with the community and help provide a stable base for families to live and call home.

“The need for decent and affordable housing in the region, along with the rising cost of home repairs, in the wake of the pandemic, makes this event more critical than ever,” said Thomas Hutchison, Executive Director of Genesee Habitat. “We are extremely grateful to Foundation Systems of Michigan for making the Bastille possible and we wish them the best as they celebrate their 15th anniversary.”

Other sponsors are Bauman’s Running and Walking Shop, The Laundry, Dort Financial Credit Union, HAP, NorthGate and The State Bank. La Bastille is open to the public and is affiliated with the Crim Fitness Foundation training program. Participants in the Crim program receive vouchers to use with select local races, including the Bastille. To register at the Bastille or make a donation, go to geneseehabitat.org/bastille.

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