11th Annual Scrooge Scramble Scores Big Again

With unseasonably warm December weather, and lots of holiday cheer, about 200 runners and walkers headed down to Old Town earlier this month for the 11th annual Scrooge Scramble 5K. The course took participants along the Lansing River Trail starting and finishing near the Brenke Fish ladder.

Kyle Tucker took first place for overall male finisher with a chip time of 16:34.3 and Hazel Anderson was the overall female finisher with a chip time of 22:01.4.

Inside Sir Pizza, the official registration and finish line hub, runners and walkers gathered to check their times, pick up any winning medals and relax after the run. The event was followed by the annual Holiday Hullabaloo, with shops throughout Old Town offering refreshments, discounts, pictures with Santa and more!

“It was wonderful having so many 5K enthusiasts in Old Town, and even better seeing them enjoy Holiday Hullabaloo after the race,” said OTCA Executive Director Vanessa Shafer.

Special thanks to Playmakers and our sponsors, Lake Trust, Cinnaire, Jackson National Life, LightSpeed, and Sir Pizza Grand Cafe for making this event happen.


Shannon Murphy, OTCA board member

“Shop Small”, “Shop Local”, “Made in America”, “Made in Michigan” — these are just a few of the buzzwords that you hear this time of year. But have you ever stopped to think about what these phrases really mean to our community and our local economy?

We hear every day about a major company building a new plant in a community. “Two Hundred Million Dollars Invested in Lansing to create 200 jobs.” That seems to be an obscene amount of money for a mere 200 jobs.

Did you know that 75 percent of all jobs are created by small business? Small businesses are rooted in our communities. Small business owners live in the community in which their business resides. Small business owners hire individuals within the community to work for them. At least 50 percent of the monies created by these small businesses stays in our local economy.

When you visit a small business, the owners get to know you — often by name. We learn your likes and dislikes, your hopes and dreams, and about your family. We tailor our products to our customers and can make changes immediately when we see something that needs to be altered, changed, added or deleted. As business owners, we listen to you!

Locally owned businesses are active in our communities. When small businesses thrive, they offer more benefits to employees, donate to non-profits, and invest back into their businesses, employees, and the community. When small businesses experience growth, they expand their goods and services, making an even larger selection available closer to home.

When you visit large cities, what is it you like about them? Often, it’s the unique shops offering unique items you can’t find at home. Shopping local, small businesses allows our community to develop these “big city” shopping experiences.

Consider making “Shop Local”, “Shop Small”, “Made in America” and “Made in Michigan” not just a once-a-year endeavor but a lifestyle. It takes a village to create a community and, as small business owners, we are laying the groundwork for OUR thriving local economy.


— Kathy Holcomb, Absolute Gallery

hullabalooMake Old Town a shopping and entertainment destination this holiday season, and enjoy some family fun while you’re at it with Holiday Hullabaloo. Each year the businesses of Old Town come together on the first Saturday of December to offer amazing deals and special promotions. This year will be no different. Join us on Dec. 2 from 10 a.m.–7 p.m. for great fun and awesome deals!

The OTCA Promotions Committee is working to make the day more engaging for all who come to shop. From 1-4 p.m. you will have the opportunity to see different characters roaming around, a singing group will wander the streets caroling, and several businesses will have interactive events for the entire family.

Many stores and businesses are already gearing up for a fun experience for all! Stay tuned to the Old Town Facebook Page and Holiday Hullabaloo Event Page for more updates as the event nears.

By Ben Dowd, OTCA promotions committee member