July 9, 2010
The Motor City Mile is an annual event sponsored by Different Strokes Swim Shop held on Belle Isle Beach in Detroit, Michigan every July. Events range from a 5k to a 1 mile to a 1/2 mile swim with all proceeds donated to the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF). This foundation was established in 1997 by one of the world's best cyclists, Lance Armstrong. At age 25, Armstrong was diagnosed with testicular cancer that spread to his lungs, abdomen and brain. Before knowing his own outcome, Armstrong established the foundation to educate, inform and support other victims and their families. The LAF focuses its time and efforts to support services and groundbreaking survivorship programs as well as medical and scientific research grants. Since becoming cancer-free, Armstrong has gone on to win the Tour De France seven consecutive times. Ten years ago the Motor City Mile started with 30 participants. By 2008, there were over 500 participants, 150 volunteers and another 800 spectators. It is a unique event showcasing the city of Detroit while supporting a great cause!