38th Steve’s Run July 28

Published 2:00 pm Sunday, July 15, 2012

More than 1,300 runners and walkers participated in last year’s Steve’ Run race. This year’s race is July 28 in Dowagiac. (Daily Star Photo/Provided)

The 38th running of “The Original Road and Trail Race,” aka Steve’s Run, is set for a 9 a.m. start on July 28 in downtown Dowagiac.

More than 1,300 participants are expected to compete in the 10K run, 5K run and 5K walk. A 1K fun run is also scheduled at 9:03 a.m.

The start of the run begins in historic downtown Dowagiac and ends at Lions Park. The event is in conjunction with the Dowagiac’s Summer in the City.

In addition, the race is a preseason training experience for high school cross country teams from Michigan and Indiana. There is a reduced entry fee for team members with the coach running free.

All Steve’s Run finishers will receive a T-shirt and more than 200 stained glass awards will be given to the top finishers in each age group.

The Original Road and Trail Race was renamed “Steve’s Run” in memory of Steven Briegel, a Southwestern Michigan College honors graduate who lost his fight against cancer in 1990.

All proceeds, including 100 percent of the pledge monies, are donated to SMC’s Steven Briegel Scholarship Fund and the Mayo Clinic Cancer Research Fund.

Entry information and online registration can be found at stevesrun.swmich.edu or by calling Southwestern Michigan College at 782-1209.