The community of Central Lake, Michigan, will hold the 9th annual Ryan Shay Mid Summer Night Run in conjunction with their 4th of July celebration. Ryan grew up in Central Lake and was an 11 times state champion in track and cross-country, 10 times AllAmerican at the University of Notre Dame, 10,000 meter NCAA champion, 5 times USA National Champion, and represented the United States in competition throughout the world. On November 3, 2007, Ryan passed away from sudden heart failure while competing in the US Olympic Marathon Trials. In memory of Ryan, three races are offered. Choose from the 5k run/walk, 10k run, or the Fudgee’s Ice Cream 1Mile Fun Run. The 5k and 10k courses will cover roads and trails where Ryan often trained while living in Central Lake. All events take place in the evening. Proceeds support the Ryan Shay Memorial Scholarships.
Race Information: 7:00 p.m. 5k and 10k point-to-point races start at Thurston Park on Old State Street east of downtown Central Lake and end at the high school track on M88 south of town. At 8:00 p.m. Fudgee’s Ice Cream 1 Mile Fun Run at high school track on M88 south of town
Event details and schedule
5K Run/Walk and 10K Run begin at 7:00 pm from Thurston Park in Central Lake. Races end at the high school track where Fudgees 1 Mile Ice Cream Fun Run will begin at 8:00 pm. Races are run on roads and trails by lakes and fields surrounding Central Lake. Race day registration and pre-registered packet pick-up is at Thurston Park from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Add $5.00 for registration after 12:00 a.m. June 1. Parking available at Central Lake High School just two blocks from the start of race or at the track which is 1 mile from start. Restrooms and water are available at start and finish. Refreshments for runners provided at finish line. Award ceremony shortly after finish of races. First through 3rd individual medals awarded in each age category. Plaques to overall and masters males/females.
Shay Memorial Foundation