Press Release – 2021 Virtual Bastille Day Race to benefit Genesee Habitat

The 2021 Virtual Bastille Day Race, presented by The State Bank will be held July 10th – 17th to benefit Genesee County Habitat for Humanity

Flint, Mich. (June 15, 2021) — Genesee County Habitat for Humanity announces the 19th Annual Bastille Day Race, presented by The State Bank. The 15k run/ 5k run and walk race will be held virtually this year. Participants can run or walk any time they choose from July 10th- 17th, from any location…on the road, on the trail, on the treadmill, at the gym or on the track. All proceeds go toward supporting Genesee Habitat’s mission of providing affordable, decent housing in Genesee County.

“Often people just need that ‘hand-up’ to the solid foundation of affordable, decent housing, where they can build a better life for themselves and their families,” said Executive Director Thomas Hutchison. “The Bastille Day Race has been a wonderful resource for us in our effort to provide that foundation for Flint and Genesee County residents.”

The race began almost two decades ago when community leaders in Fenton decided to hold a community road race. The race is supported by local businesses and usually has over 700 participants but in 2020, the pandemic put the race on hold.

“We weren’t able to hold the race last year, due to COVID, so we are so grateful for the support from The State Bank and our other sponsors to be able to hold the race virtually this year,” said Hutchison.

“We are thrilled to be a part of bringing The Bastille Day Race back to the community this year,” said Ron Justice, President & CEO of The State Bank. “We believe in helping our community overcome obstacles to get the life they dream of, and that is exactly what the work of Genesee County Habitat for Humanity does.”

Entry fee for the 15k run, 5k run, 5k walk or the Bastille Triple (all three races) is $30 and includes a cotton t-shirt. The first 250 registrants will receive a medal. For more information on the race or to register or donate, visit or call 810-766-9089.

About Genesee County Habitat for Humanity:
Genesee County Habitat for Humanity (Genesee Habitat) is one of nearly 1,200 United States affiliates of Habitat for Humanity International, which was founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, with the vision of eliminating poor housing conditions and homelessness from the world. Since then, Habitat for Humanity has maintained that vision by incorporating both housing and community development in its mission of building homes, communities and hope.

Founded in 1990, Genesee Habitat, yearly builds or rehabs 6-8 affordable homes in Genesee County, provides approximately 100 Genesee County homeowners with critical repair services, and invests in numerous neighborhood projects throughout the City of Flint. Genesee Habitat also operates the ReStore, which offers greatly discounted new or slightly used household items to the public, diverting 300 tons a year from Genesee County landfills. Additionally, in partnership with LISC, Genesee Habitat opened the Financial Opportunity Center, where Genesee County residents can receive financial coaching and job preparedness assistance, free of charge.

About Fentura Financial and The State Bank
Fentura Financial is the holding company for The State Bank. It was formed in 1987 and is traded on the OTCQX exchange under the symbol FETM. The State Bank is a full-service, 5-star Bauer Financial-rated commercial, retail and trust bank, based in Fenton, MI. It has assets of $1.25 billion and currently operates 17 full-service offices in Genesee, Livingston, Oakland, Saginaw, and Shiawassee counties. The State Bank believes in the potential of banking to help create better lives, better businesses, and better communities, and works to achieve this through its full array of consumer, mortgage, SBA, commercial and wealth management banking and advisory services, together with philanthropic and volunteer support to organizations and groups within the communities it serves.

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