The Simsonian 5K Kick-Off Classic is still running strong after 15 years. Held Saturday, August 19 at Grosse Ile High School, this year’s event hosted the largest group to participate in the race to date. Of particular note were the number of families running the race — proving that the family who runs together, has more fun together!
The entire proceeds from the race go to the Steve Sims Leadership Scholarship, in honor of the beloved Grosse Ile High School teacher and coach who died unexpectedly in 2003 of a dissecting aortic aneurysm at age 47. The scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding female scholar/athlete at GIHS. The family and friends of Sims are proud that Steve’s love of life and dedication to academic and athletic excellence lives on in the lives and education of others.
An event such as the Simsonian would not be possible without the continued support and dedication of the following sponsors: Presenting Sponsors, Mans Lumber, the legal firm of Butzel Long, Monroe Sports Varsity Athletics, the Dennis and Julie Reno Family and the Kurt and Krissy Kobiljak Family; Supporting Sponsors Total Runner, The Grosse Ile Educational Foundation, The Kroger Company, Sibley Gardens, and the Bailey, Swick, Bennett, Hanley, Okler, Perry, Quinn, Sims, Stevenson, and Tobin families. A number of Steve’s “Greenville Gang” and Spartan friends also made the annual pilgrimage.
Special thanks go to the Grosse Ile Township Schools, the Grosse Ile Police and Auxiliary, Cub/Boy Scout Troop 1261, Kim O’Farrell and the Recreation Department for race day aid and assistance. Race timing was efficiently managed by Gary Olsen and Race Time Services, while DJs Mike Pehote and Patrick Rice kept the party hoppin’ all day.
A big shout out to the members of the Grosse Ile cross country, girls’ basketball, volleyball, and cheerleading squads for their participation and help in the after party. Kudos to the Carlson, Monroe Jefferson, Gabriel Richard, and Flat Rock cross country teams for upping the competition.
A community event of this caliber would not be possible without the talent and expertise of running gurus, Ray Geist, GIHS Athletic Director Jim Okler, and Lakewood Schools A.D. Mike Quinn. Their attention to detail helps make this a first class event.
This year’s slogan was “It Keeps You Running,” picturing a pair of runners in a heart, with EKG lines across the horizon. Literally, it reminds us to take good care of our heath, but also that an event such as the Simsonian is all about love and passion, and commitment to a cause. With the life and legacy of Steve Sims, we all learn the lesson that the good you do lives on long after you’re gone.
Nice job, Simsonians. See you next year, Aug. 18, 2018, for the 16th Annual Simsonian 5K Kick-Off Classic. Until then, keep running!
Article provided courtesy of Bill Stevenson and the Friends of the Sims.