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8th annual Escape To Belle Isle raised funds for the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit

Detroit … The 8th annual Escape to Belle Isle 5K/10K walk/run on July 16 was a resounding success, bringing out hundreds of couples, families and extended families who ran or walked alongside speedier runners. All relished the flat course with scenic views of the Detroit River and Detroit skyline, framed by the Scott Fountain.

This high-spirited, Detroit-based race benefits the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit, which provides families with a home away from home while their child is in the hospital for treatment of a serious illness or injury.

Co-hosts of the event were Jenna Greenman, an attorney at Kitch Attorneys & Counselors and a board member of the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit, and her husband Milt Greenman. As trial lawyers, she defends cases for medical malpractice while Milt represents the plaintiff in medical malpractice cases. Both are runners who reside in West Bloomfield.

Jenna said, “This year, we had a 55-year-old gentleman who has run our race before and had a stroke three months prior to this year’s race. He told his family, ‘I will be at Belle Isle in July.’ He walked with a cane for the entire 5K course, along with his four grown sons. He never gave up and finished in two hours. It brought us to tears, and shows what we can do when we set our minds to it.”

“Funds raised at this event typically are in the $10,000 range and this year we are on track to meet that mark” said Jennifer Litomisky, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit.
The top male and female finishers in the 5K race were Matt Denlinger who came in 21:26 and Shannon Fasca, of Wyandotte, who finished in 25:01. Winners of the 10K were Brandon Coats, who ran in 38:58 and Elizabeth O’donnell, who finished in 46:52.
The Belle Isle Casino served as classy launch pad for the crowd with its elegant stone pillars, wide steps and wrap-around porch. The starting and finish line was at the base of the casino, facing the river.
D.J. Michael Karach played music that got people revved up for the race.
The race was sponsored by Kitch Attorneys & Counselors, Absopure and Running Fit.