Annual Bay Days run celebrates America

Dave Patzwahl kicks off the annual July 4 Bay Days 5-Mile Run with "The Star-Spangled Banner." Photo by Dan Straitiff

Jazz is a musical style where you spontaneously riff upon a theme. For the 44th time, the Bay Days 5-Mile Run will be held on July 4 with a mix of traditions and variations. One thematic tradition is that for the sixth year in a row, the Bay Days Kids Run and 5-Mile Open will be graced with the Bay Community Band playing Dixieland jazz while for the 11th year in a row the band’s trumpeter, Dave Patzwahl, will be calling runners to the start line and playing "The Star-Spangled Banner."

As it has for most of its 44 editions, the 5-mile race will start in front of Bay High School at 8:30 a.m. and head west on Wolf Road. Five minutes later the Kids Run will begin in the same spot and direction.

The variation in race logistics is that the Cleveland West Road Runners Club can’t use the high school's track, pavilion or any other stadium facilities because of field renovations. As a result, the finish for both the Kids Run and 5-mile Open will both be on the Bay High west exit driveway. The 5-mile race will have one turn change (turning east off Bradley at Webster instead of Winston). Meanwhile, the kids race will be shortened to 1,200 meters. Additionally, the band will play, and food, drinks and awards will be distributed by the pond, trees and semi-circular benches off the sidewalk between the stadium and high school.

Speaking of food and drink, Kids Run finishers will be provided with breakfast meals, and all runners will get watermelon and breakfast sandwich gift cards. Sports drinks will be available to all participants. 

Day of race registration will begin at 7:15 a.m. at Bay High School, 29230 Wolf Road.

Pre-registration and packet pickup will be held at Second Sole Lakewood, 18636 Detroit Road.

Dates and times for pre-registration are:

  • Sunday, July 1, 1-4 p.m.
  • Monday, July 2, 4-8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 3, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Online registration and additional information can be found at

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 9:30 AM, 06.19.2018