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Angels’ Place races are May 21. Photo provided (click for larger version)
May 11, 2011 - This year's Angels' Place Race has a new event, a 10-kilometer race named in honor of Bruce Clifton.

"We're dedicating one of the races this year to his memory," said Paul Maxwell, race director with his wife, Maggie. "He was a super guy – very enthusiastic about the race and what it stood for."

Clifton, who passed away unexpectedly Jan. 19, was a long-time Main Street resident, runner, and community volunteer, Maxwell said.

"I valued his help and support – he helped plan out the race course," Maxwell said. "He was an awesome runner. Bruce still holds the best-time record for the 800 meter run at his high school, Waterford Mott."

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The Fourth Annual Angels' Place Race is set for May 21 at St. Daniel Church, 7010 Valley Park Drive. One Mile Family Fun Walk starts at 9:30 a.m.; and the 5K Run/Walk and 10K Bruce Clifton Memorial Run start at 10 a.m.

Bruce's wife, Anne, and daughter Haile will serve as official race starters. Anne will run in the 10K and Haile, 5K. 

"The purpose of this race is to build awareness of individuals with developmental disabilities and provide outreach for Angels' Place programs," Maxwell said. "Sixteen years ago, my sister needed a safe, secure, loving environment. Angels' Place stepped in and placed her into one of their homes. She now has a family and enjoys an active lifestyle, including a daily job."

They expect about 300 runners and walkers at the fund raiser, which raised more than $12,000 last year for the non-profit group.

"We expect lot of runners in the 10K in memory of Bruce," Maxwell said. "Registrations are up quite a bit."

For more information, check www.angelsplacerace.org or call 248-625-7859.

Phil is editor for The Clarkston News. He is a veteran of the first Iraq war, having served in the U.S. Army.
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