Bay Village Foundation Heritage Run a big success

Runners of all ages race through Cahoon Park during the Bay Village Foundation's Heritage Run on Oct. 21. Photo by Denny Wendell

The Bay Village Foundation’s eighth annual Heritage Run, held Oct. 21, was a big success with over 325 participants. It was a beautiful fall morning as runners and walkers took to the streets of Bay Village for what is becoming a yearly fall tradition in the city.

“I am grateful for our volunteers, sponsors and participants, as well as those who spread out along the course to cheer on the runners, for making this year’s run a great success,” remarked Kelly Sommers, Foundation trustee and co-chair of the event. “There was a great community feel that many people commented on. Several veteran runners also commented that this is the best race they have run in and specifically mentioned the quality of the medals, runner bags, and prizes and the overall organization.”

The Foundation raised over $14,000 that will be used to support community projects and programs, and scholarships to Bay High School students.

 “Kelly Sommers came up with a great idea for the race this year,” commented co-chair and Foundation trustee Fred Drenkhan. “For every student that attends school in Bay Village and registered for the race, The Bay Village Foundation is donating $5 to that student’s school. We plan to continue this next year and would love to be writing $500 checks to every Bay school next fall.” As a result of this outreach to the Bay schools and word of mouth advertising from last year’s runners, the Heritage Run had 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers in all 13 age groups, both men’s and women’s, for the first time in its history.

Elizabeth Milli

Board of Trustees for The Bay Village Foundation

Community Outreach Committee

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Volume 9, Issue 21, Posted 10:36 AM, 11.07.2017