Bay Days run returns to Bay High track

Runners in the 2018 Bay Days Kids Run. Photo by Dan Straitiff

Once again, the annual Bay Days Kids Run and 5-Mile Open on July 4 will start in front of Bay High School, but this year the finish lines are back on Bay High School’s track. Last year, work on the stadium’s field forced the race to finish on the west driveway, which led to a slightly longer trek north on Bradley. This year, as runners wind through western Bay’s tree-lined streets, they will turn right off of Bradley onto Winston.

The track finish is exciting for runners and spectators, while the fenced-in stadium can help parents keep track of their children. The Kids Run is free for children age 14 and under, but registration is required. The 5-Mile Open fee is $35 through July 3; $40 on the day of the event. After the run, participants young and old can enjoy Dixieland Jazz played by the Bay Community Band, and gobble up Popsicles, watermelons and chicken sandwiches delivered by a red, white and possibly blue cow. Other amenities include ice cream certificates for the top 3 in each age group, meal certificates for all participants, plus professional massages and medical treatment.

It’s also important to note that with all the road detours in Bay, there is no construction being done on the roads used on either the Kids Run or the 5-Mile Open. Nonetheless, families and participants in the 10 a.m. baseball games who are coming from the south or east of Bay High School are encouraged to find their way to Porter Creek Drive to wind their way to street parking located to the north and east of Bay High. This is because Bassett and Bradley will be closed off during the race. You should able to find parking Rye Gate, Florence or Ruth. If baseball tournament participants don’t use street parking, they might find Bay High’s parking lot full.

Finally, the Cleveland West Road Runner’s Club is pleased to announce that over the past two years, the club has donated over $30,000 in cash and in-kind contributions to local charities – including the Carolyn Farrell Foundation which helps loved ones caring for individuals with memory loss maintain positive communication through the process of the shared creation of visual and musical art.

Online registration is available at Sign-up & packet pickup is at Second Sole Lakewood: Sunday, June 30, 1-4 p.m.; Tuesday, July 2, 4-8 p.m.; and Wednesday, July 3, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Race-day registration and packet pick-up starts at 7:15 a.m. in Bay High’s gym hallway.

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 9:41 AM, 06.18.2019