Corktown Countdown: A Conversation With Doug Kurtis

Enjoy running with this Brilliant man and running legend! Look forward to helping out again!


Downtown Detroit knows how to party, and there is plenty of reason to look forward to the (hopefully sooner rather than later) arrival of spring. Shortly following Packzi Day, Autorama, and just a few weeks prior to Opening Day festivities, the greenest of traditions will take over Michigan Avenue next Sunday.

Sea of Green: Runners participate during the 2013 5k. Sea of Green: Runners participate during the 2013 5k. (Shawn Zalewski)

The 32nd Annual Corktown Races will bring thousands of runners and revelers to the historic district, coinciding with the 56th Annual Detroit St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Throughout its history, the running spectacle has grown from a mostly athletic club contest into a family-friendly fun run, a change Race Director Doug Kurtis attributes largely to word of mouth and outstanding volunteers.

Doug Kurtis Doug Kurtis (Courtesy Photo)

The Livonia resident and former professional runner manages both the Corktown Races and the larger Fifth Third Turkey Trot organization. Since 2007, Kurtis has overseen the March…

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