Fun Run participants will receive a commemorative T-Shirt! Shirts will be available on a first come first serve basis.

Please note: Youth sizes will receive a short sleeve t-shirt. T-SHIRT Exchange: We will be offering exchange of t-shirts immediately following the completion of the half marathon in the registration tent.

Because of the area’s abundance of food and easy transport found along the River Raisin and Lake Erie, there probably were people who used Monroe as either a crossroads, camp site, or village for many hundreds of years before the first European explorers visited the area.

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Navarre’s homestead was located where the present day Sawyer Homestead stands.

Sometime shortly after that date, French colonizers built a settlement called Frenchtown on the north bank of the River Raisin just a couple hundred yards northeast of the present Winchester Street Bridge.

Glaciers advanced into the Monroe area from Canada and carried sand, silt, clay, and boulders.

These materials were left here permanently when the last of the glaciers retreated north and left the upper Midwest about 10,000 years ago.

Geologists say glaciers that covered Monroe were up to a mile-high.

The glaciers’ bulldozing power was so intense as they moved south that they gouged deep depressions and basins in the land.Those objects document Native American Indian presence circa 1550-1650 A. The geologic sculpting that left behind Lake Erie also shaped the founding of Monroe.Much of the western end of Lake Erie was marshland, which made the land subject to flooding and an area to be avoided for building a settlement.From 600-to-230 million years ago, Monroe was on the bottom of a large shallow sea that covered much of central North America.Today a peek back to that time can be seen in the limestone rocks that form layers along the sides of the North Dixie Highway Underpass.The seas eventually retreated and about a million years ago the first glaciers began advancing into the Midwest from Canada.