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Letters 02-08-2016

Less Ageism, Please The January 4 issue of this publication proved to me that there are some sensible voices of reason in our community regarding all things “inter-generational.” I offer a word of thanks to Elizabeth Myers. I too have worked hard for what I’ve earned throughout my years in the various positions I’ve held. While I too cannot speak for each millennial, brash generalizations about a lack of work ethic don’t sit well with me...Joe Connolly, Traverse City

Now That’s an Escalation I just read the letter from Greg and his defense of the AR15. The letter started with great information but then out of nowhere his opinion went off the rails. “The government wants total gun control and then confiscation; then the elimination of all Constitutional rights.” Wait... what?! To quote the great Ron Burgundy, “Well, that escalated quickly!”

Healthy Eating and Exercise for Children Healthy foods and exercise are important for children of all ages. It is important for children because it empowers them to do their best at school and be able to do their homework and study...

Mascots and Harsh Native American Truths The letter from the Choctaw lady deserves an answer. I have had a gutful of the whining about the fate of the American Indian. The American Indians were the losers in an imperial expansion; as such, they have, overall, fared much better than a lot of such losers throughout history. Everything the lady complains about in the way of what was done by the nasty, evil Whites was being done by Indians to other Indians long before Europeans arrived...

Snyder Must Go I believe it’s time. It’s time for Governor Snyder to go. The FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the EPA Criminal Investigation Division are now investigating the Flint water crisis that poisoned thousands of people. Governor Snyder signed the legislation that established the Emergency Manager law. Since its inception it has proven to be a dismal failure...

Erosion of Public Trust Let’s look at how we’ve been experiencing global warming. Between 1979 and 2013, increases in temperature and wind speeds along with more rain-free days have combined to stretch fire seasons worldwide by 20 percent. In the U.S., the fire seasons are 78 days longer than in the 1970s...

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Red Carpet Run

Erin Cowell - July 27th, 2009
Red Carpet Run
Film Fest debuts 5K masquerade & revives the ‘Golden Mile’

By Erin Crowell 7/27/09

This Saturday, memories will come flooding back for some Traverse City residents -- memories as clear as the images on a filmstrip.
Added to this year’s bigger-than-ever Traverse City Film Festival are two races. One, reminiscent of the Cherry Festival, circa late 1990s: an elite, invite-only mile race. The other, a 5K Fun Run.
Bryan Burns and Eric Houghton of the Traverse City Track Club (the same organization that hosts the Bayshore Marathon) have spearheaded the project of bringing elite runners back to the Traverse City area for the “Golden Mile.”
“We used to have the Golden Mile race for the Cherry Festival, but for whatever reason, it was discontinued,” says Burns.
For the TC Film Festival Golden Mile, athletes from all over the country will compete for $1,000, with an added bonus to any man breaking the four-minute mile mark; and the woman to get under 4:30.
For those unfamiliar with mile pace, that is flying.
“It’s a very exciting event,” says Houghton. “We’re pretty sure Geena Gall will be racing.”
Gall, a two-time NCAA 800-meter champion from the University of Michigan, recently qualified to run at the World Championships in Berlin, set for August 15-23.
“So far, we’ve got seven men and seven women confirmed for the race,” says Burns. “The field is top notch. It would rival anything in high caliber.”

COSTUME CAPER
While some of the country’s most elite athletes will have their time to shine, runners from the area may have their own “moment on the red carpet” with the Film Festival 5K Fun Run.
Runners are encouraged to dress in costume for the race. And although a costume is not required, the runner with the best costume wins a round-trip airfare ticket to anywhere in the U.S.
Judging the contest will be comedian Jeff Garlin (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), and creativity is a must for this contest.
“This race will be as fun for the spectators as it is for the participants,” said 5K Race Director Doug Petersen. “Our goal is to not only make this another great running event but to make it the craziest, most fun run entrants do.”
The 5K race was inspired by the “Bay to Breakers,” a race out in California that embodies the concept of whacky and off-the-wall costume racing.
“The race is well known out there,” says Petersen. “People really get into it. It used to be well-known for its naked runners.”
Runners are encouraged to wear more than just their “birthday suits” when they cross the finish line at the Film Festival 5K, which will be a red carpet in front of the State Theatre.
Over 60 volunteers from the Traverse City Central, West and St. Francis cross country teams will help in course marshaling and athlete assistance for the Golden Mile.
“We’ve also got a couple dozen volunteers from the Film Festival and from the Track Club,” says Houghton. “It’s a collaborative event.”

WHAT’S WHAT:
Races will be Saturday evening, starting with The Golden Mile. It will begin at the corner of Front and Union streets and circle through the downtown blocks. The women are set to begin at 7:30 p.m., with the men following at 7:40 p.m. Runners in the 5K will be able to watch the mile race before departing by bus at 7:45 p.m. to Northwestern Michigan College. There, the race will start at 8 p.m. in Elm Lot and runners will head west towards downtown, where they will finish on the red carpet.
Costume judging and awards ceremony for the Golden Mile will happen at the Film Maker’s Party, located in the Wade Trim Parking Lot, at 8:30 p.m. Those registered for the races receive half off the entry fee to the party.

For more information, and to register for the Film Festival 5K Fun Run, visit traversecityfilmfest.org/events.

 
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