6th Annual Run to the Center of the World


Event Description

The 6th Annual Run to the Center of the World 5K / 10K is hosted by the Friends of New Troy. Proceeds benefit the New Troy Community Center... Building a community, one neighbor at a time.

Event Details

  • Saturday, September 16, 2017
  • 8:00 - 9:00 am Registration & Packet Pickup // 9:15 am 10K Run and 5K Run / Walk // 10:15 am Awards
  • New Troy Community Center 13372 California Road New Troy MI 49119

About This Event

Join us for the 6th Annual Run to the Center of the World!

New in 2017, results available online at event with smartphone app!

Both the 5K and 10K fast and flat routes start and finish at the New Troy Community Center. 

(Scroll below to see route maps and access routes online)



FEES:   15 and Over: $25 through Race Day

            14 and under: $15 through Race Day

SWMI RACERS members receive $5 Discount with code

NO REFUNDS - Proceeds benefit the New Troy Community Center.

Overall Female and Male Finishers in all three events have their names and finish times engraved on bricks that are permanently mounted in the New Troy Community Center Garden.

Check out the photos below for the times to beat!

New in 2017... NEXT LEVEL Premium V-Neck Fitted Shirts!

Pre-register today to guarantee your size!

Registration Questions? Email racers@swmiracers.org







5K ROUTE                                                                            10K ROUTE


Why is it called the Center of the World? It's our history...

New Troy has been known as the Center of the World since 1860, when Hosea Tirrell drove a stake into the ground in front of his general store and pronounced it The Center of the World. Hosea was a bit of a philosopher who believed that "wherever you are is the center of the world," and "if you can't find it at the Center, seek no further."

Later residents played on the theme. For a time in the mid-twentieth century, tourists visited New Troy to view a machine that had been declared the engine that made the world go 'round--thus confirming new Troy as the center of the world.






Bryan's Automotive             Burkholder Excavating














Rooted in our past

In 2005, New Troy was a dying town. The high school had been demolished, and the elementary building sat empty. Then a handful of residents formed Friends of New Troy (FONT). Our vision was the rebirth of our community.

Since then, FONT members have repeatedly proven their commitment to the community at large, their steadfastness in holding to a dream, and their unfailing belief in the strength of people working together. Many said it couldn’t be done, yet in 2006 FONT raised $24,000 for the deposit on what has since become the New Troy Community Center and (now separate) Township Park. Since then, FONT has raised more than $100,000 for  mortgage and interest payments, repairs, improvements, and utilities.

Today, as a result, the community enjoys the New Troy Community Center and adjacent *Weesaw Township Park.

The Community Center receives NO government funding.

It is supported entirely through memberships, donations, and fund-raising events.

In a town of 400-odd people, this is a remarkable achievement.

What FONT has brought to the community:

Annual timed 5K/10K Race & 5K Fun Walk

Local history presentations

Recycling bin

Electronics & tire recycling events

Lighting of the Christmas Tree, with Santa Claus, carols & cookies

Hunter Safety classes

Weight loss classes

Meet The Candidates forum

Indoor Winter Flea Markets

World Premiere of the documentary, New Troy: the Center of the World

Winter Coat Drive, and more

Today, the Center houses a free lending library with WiFi, 1000s of books, and kids’ reading programs. The playground has been restored, and an outdoor classroom, nature trail, and demonstration rain garden have been constructed.

All volunteers! No tax dollars!

We are building a community, one neighbor at a time!

Branching out today

Much has been accomplished by FONT through the New Troy Community Center. Our achievements include:

Esther Steckelberg Book Room — With more than 4,000 titles, computers, free Wifi, Preschool Story Hour, and a Summer Reading Program (in partnership with River Valley Schools).

New Troy History Collection — Local historical memorabilia, including books, photos, musical instruments, and more.

Memorial Garden — A delightful place to sit and relax. Engraved brick paths are anchored by our country’s flag and enhanced by our former school’s historic planter. This is the place to commemorate your family, friends, business, or class.

Renewable Energy Literature Collection — includes books, magazines, and pamphlets — a treasure trove for any do-it-yourselfer.

Winter sledding

The Community Center also provides space for community service programs and events, including:

Free tax preparation services

Facilities for family memorial services, reunions, showers, and more

Apple Cider Century (volunteers and facilities for sag stop)

*The new Weesaw Township Park would not have been possible without Friends of New Troy.

In 2010, FONT sold 8.5 acres of land adjoining the Community Center to Weesaw Township to be used as a township park. FONT members were instrumental in helping the Township receive a $51,988 Land Acquisition Grant from the State of Michigan for the purchase, with the result that the Township took possession of an 8.5 acre park in the center of town for the remarkably low expenditure of $23,422.

From 2006 to 2010, FONT members raised approximately $22,500 to pay for the interest on the property that would become the park. FONT members also mowed and otherwise maintained the property until the Township Board was ready to commit to the purchase and take possession.

Thriving into the future

As you may have expected from our brief four-year history, FONT has BIG dreams for the future. Can we do it?

Absolutely. All we need is your support.

Registration Details

Through Race Day

Shirt or Donation Only All Ages $0.00 Open
5K Run Adult $25.00 Open
5K Run Youth $15.00 Open
5K Walk Adult $25.00 Open
5K Walk Youth $15.00 Open
10K Run Adult $25.00 Open
10K Run Youth $15.00 Open
5K Run - Stroller Adult $25.00 Open
5K Walk - Stroller Adult $25.00 Open
10K Run - Stroller Adult $25.00 Open

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