Stepping up

Annual Race Judicata event set for September 18

By Tom Kirvan
Legal News

Several years ago, organizers of the annual Race Judicata agreed to a “change of venue,” electing to move the popular event principally because of construction activity at the former Andover High School, which made its debut last year as the “new and improved” Bloomfield Hills High School.

The move to Covington Middle School in Bloomfield Hills, just a short trek from the event’s previous home, has produced “kinder and gentler” race courses for participants, eliminating some of the “very stiff hills” that spiced the routes from the old Andover site, according to officials from the Oakland County Bar Association.

The OCBA will host the 37th edition of the Race Judicata on Sunday, Sept. 18 at Covington, which is located at the corner of Quarton Road and Covington Road. The three-pronged event will feature 5-kilometer and 10-km runs, along with a 5-km walk.

The 10-km run begins at 9 a.m., and the 5-km run/walk will start at 9:30 at Covington. Registration and T-shirt pick up will begin at 8 a.m.

Organizers are encouraging area law firms to enter three-runner teams in the 5-km and 10-km races. Traveling trophies will be awarded to the top team in each race.

Last year, the Jaffe Law White Team won the 5-km title with a combined time of 1:09:25. Team members were Marko Belej, Aaron Sherbin, and David Williams. Capturing the 10-km team title was the Bodman White Team of Jason Gourley, Erica Shell, Anthony Finn, and Sam Raphelson.

As is customary, the event is open to all comers, whether or not they know the difference between “res” and “race.” The Race Judicata, of course, is a play on words with the Latin term “res judicata,” which is short for a “matter judged.”

Registration is available online at Race day registration also is offered, costing $30 for runners and $20 for walkers. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Frank C. Perez Youth Fund.

Dean & Fulkerson is the title sponsor of this year’s event, while supporting sponsors are Harness Dickey, Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, and Sterling Attorneys at Law.