DETROIT — Though the Tigers were on the road, the gates to Comerica Park opened Monday morning for a 9K run organized by Wins for Warriors, a foundation launched by Justin Verlander.
About 350 people, many of whom are veterans, participated in the Memorial Day run or a one-mile walk, both of which ended with a lap around the warning track to the backstop. Family and friends were encouraged to sit in the ballpark, where they cheered runners through their final stretch.
J.J. Tighe, CEO of the Michigan Fitness Foundation, said he worked with Verlander, Alisha Greenberg — the director of Wins for Warriors — and other sponsors for nearly a year to make the event happen.
“We talked about, ‘Why don’t we have something here in Detroit, a signature event focused on veterans and focused on our fallen heroes?'” said Tighe, whose organization endorses races across the state.