National Shrine of the Little Flower Parish 5th Annual
Royal Oak Race Step by Step 5k Run in Royal Oak Michigan 5k Run and Walk in Michigan
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Race FAQ

What is the Step by Step Run?
The Step by Step Run promotes healthy living and supports social and recreational activities in the Royal Oak Shrine Parish Community. We encourage everyone in this community to participate by running, walking, volunteering, or simply cheering on participants!

How long is each event?
The 5K Run is a certified USATF 5K race route (3.1 miles).
The Fun Run/Walk is approximately 1.5 miles.

Will there be a staggered start?
Yes, the 5K run will begin at 8:30 and the 1.5 mile run/walk will begin a few minutes after.

Are there separate finish lines for the 5K and 1.5 mile?
Both races will finish in the area of the race start but the 5K runners will finish on the eastbound side of Northwood Blvd. and the 1.5 mile runners/walkers will finish on the westbound side of Northwood Blvd. See maps for additional details.

Can the Step by Step 5K Run be walked?
No, the 5K run cannot be walked due to city restrictions limiting the period of time Crooks Road is closed. 

Is the Step by Step Run a timed race?
The 3.1 mile run and the 1.5 mile run will be a timed event organized by Rotpac Racing. Chips will be issued to all registrants of these timed events. The 1.5 mile walk will not be a timed event.

Will the results be posted?
The race results from the timed event will be posted on the following websites:

Is the 5K route certified by USATF?
Yes! The route has been certified by USATF.

Are strollers allowed?
Baby strollers and the like are allowed in the 1.5 Mile Fun Run/Walk. Baby joggers are allowed in the 5K provided the runners line up in the back of the pack when starting and keep a safe distance from other runners while on the course.

Are there any race restrictions (pets, bicycles, etc)?
Dogs, bicycles, skateboards, in-line skates, roller-skates, scooters, and any other wheeled apparatuses except wheel chairs and baby joggers are strongly discouraged on the course.

What is the route of each race?
The 5K Run route: Begins on Northwood Blvd. at the Roseland intersection, travels east down Northwood Blvd. across Crooks to Vinsetta Blvd. heading east, loop back down Vinsetta, cross Crooks to Murdock/Lloyd back to Northwood Blvd. ending at Shrine Church. Click here to view the 5k Run route.
The 1.5 Fun Run/Walk: Begins on Northwood Blvd. at the Roseland intersection, travels east down Northwood Blvd. to the last turnaround before Crooks Road and heads back west on Northwood Blvd. ending at Shrine Church.
We have also linked maps to the website. Click here to view the 1.5 Fun Run/Walk route.

Will there be awards?
5K Participants - Awards will be given to the top female and male overall finishers, to the top three finishers in each age division and to all participants 14 and under.
1.5 Mile Participants – certificates/ribbons for participation will be awarded.

Where will the proceeds from the event go?
The race proceeds will help with facility improvements at the church and schools as well as tuition assistance for all schools. 

To date, race proceeds have help to purchase AED units for the church, athletic mats for the Grade School, safety equipment for the Grade School Playground, drainage improvements for athletic fields and cafeteria health initiatives for the Student Center.

How do I register?
You may print out a registration form online and mail the registration form and entry fee to the address noted or you may register online. Simply click the REGISTER button to begin. You may also register the day of the event (t-shirts will only be available on a first come first serve basis).

Where do I pick up my race packet?
Packets can be picked up the morning of the race between 7:00 - 8:00am at the race start. If your children attend Shrine Schools, their packets will be delivered to them during school hours.

ROTPAC Racing National Shrine of the Little Flower is a 501C (3) non-profit organization
Shrine Step by Step Run, 2100 W. Twelve Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48073
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