Southfield City Centre is the new venue for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Take Steps Walk on June 9, 2018. The family-friendly walk will cover 2.6 miles across the City Centre’s walkable district, with the opportunity of a one-mile shortcut, for those who want a shorter distance.
Walk organizers feel the City Centre is perfectly suited for the event, according to Sarah Arminiak, Take Steps manager for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. “Southfield City Centre is hands-down beautiful, like a park in the middle of an urban city. The walking route is gorgeous, and highlights benches, plants, flowers, art, and wide sidewalks,” Arminiak says.
Participants will travel across metro Detroit and other areas of Michigan to attend the event, and will benefit from the City Centre’s easy freeway access.
The event’s continual growth over the years gave organizers the opportunity to seek a new location for the 2018 tenth anniversary event. “We came and looked at Southfield and were sold within a minute,” says Arminiak. Up to 1,500 participants and 100 volunteers will enjoy the ample space and welcoming vibe of the City Centre district.
Before the walk begins, a festival on the Civic Center lawn will provide entertainment and information. Hosted booths will share latest medical treatments and common challenges faced by those with inflammatory bowel disease. Attendees can “ask the doctor” with staff from Henry Ford Health System’s IBD center, and get nutritional information from Medical Weight Loss Clinic. Face painting, crafts, inflatables, and a photo booth will be available for families to enjoy.
In addition to raising funds, the event will spread awareness of inflammatory bowel disease. “We encourage people to come and learn more about how IBD is a skin issue, a fatigue issue, and an autoimmune issue,” Arminiak says.
Crohn’s & Coitis Foundation Take Steps Walk, June 9, 9:00 a.m. check in, 10:30 a.m. walk. Southfield Civic Center Complex. More info here, or call 248-737-0900 ext.6.