Take a (Virtual) Run with the Detroit Pistons

The team is hosting a 5K that will benefit the PeacePlayers International nonprofit
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Runners cross the finish line at a previous Pistons 5K event. This year, the team will offer a virtual 5K. // Photograph by Brian Sevald

Get up and get moving with the Detroit Pistons. As an adapted, socially distanced version of their annual in-person Summer Series, the team is hosting a week-long virtual 5K this month that will benefit a children’s nonprofit.

Participants can join the 5K from Aug. 24 through Aug. 30. They may choose to run, jog, or walk at any time they’d like and at any location — whether indoors on a treadmill or outdoors in their neighborhood, a local park, etc. They can log their time using the Nike Run Club app, which is available for download on iOS and Android devices, and submit a photo of their time on social media. 

Pre-registration is $29 per person. Those who sign up will receive a race bib, 5K medal, T-shirt, Pistons merch, a ticket to a future game at Little Caesars Arena, and offers from the event’s partnering organizations. To register, click here

“The virtual 5K run is a healthy and safe way for our organization to continue to engage the community in health and wellness activities this summer,” says Erika Swilley, vice president of Community and Social Responsibility for the Detroit Pistons. “We are grateful for the continued support of partners as we look for new, creative opportunities to host events that help us stay connected to the community, even amid COVID-19.” 

A portion of the proceeds will go toward PeacePlayers International. The nonprofit aims to unite and educate children through the game of basketball. In the U.S., PeacePlayers works with kids in Detroit as well as Baltimore, Brooklyn, Chicago, and Los Angeles. It also operates in the Middle East, South Africa, Northern Ireland, and Cyprus.  

The virtual 5K is put on by the Pistons Fit program in partnership with the Henry Ford Health System. In the last few months, the partners have also hosted a virtual yoga class with team mascot Hooper and a mental health panel featuring Dr. Corey Yeager, team psychotherapist; JD Dubois, Pistons development coach; Earl Cureton, a former Pistons forward-center; Dr. Cathrine Frank, chair of the Henry Ford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Services; and Larry Burns, president & CEO of the Children’s Foundation.  

For more information, visit nba.com/pistons/pistons-fit-summer-series

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