Summer events in Central Lake include art festivals, craft fairs, and the largest Fourth of July Parade for miles around. After the parade enjoy a chicken barbeque, bazaar, and a strawberry shortcake extravaganza. Take a drive around our beautiful lakes and country side and relax at our parks and beaches. In the evening join us for a 5K, 10K, or Fudgees 1 Mile Ice Cream Fun Run to honor the memory of world class runner Ryan Shay who grew up running the streets, hills, and byways of Central Lake. Top off these fun-filled activities by joining us at the finish line after dusk to watch one of the most beautiful firework displays in small town America.
The 5K and 10K will start 7:00 p.m. at Thurston Park one block east of the center of downtown Central Lake. Both races will finish at the Central Lake High School track and football stadium located at Herrick Field just 1 mile south of town. The 5K is a run/walk. The 10K is a run only. The Fudgees 1 Mile Ice Cream Fun Run will be at the track at 8:00 p.m.
5K and 10K graduated fee- $20 thru May 31; $25 after May 31; $30 race day
Fudgees 1 Mile Ice Cream Fun Run:- $10 until race day; $15 race day
All race distances can Pre-register here at active.com or download entry form here and mail entry fee to Shay Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 342, Central Lake, MI 49622. Or register on race day at Thurston Park between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.
Thurston Park between 4;30 and 6:30 p.m.
All proceeds after covering costs, will support the Ryan Shay Memorial Scholarships and local charities. No refunds.
Plaques awarded to Overall and Masters male/female winners and medals awarded to male/female places 1-3 in these categories:
(14 and under), (15-19), (20-24), (25-29), (30-34), (35-39), (40-44), (45-49), (50-54), (55-59), (60-64), (65-69), (70 and over)
Restrooms and water available at start/finish lines; 3- 10K water stations; 2- 5K water stations; Music; Post-race bottled water and refreshments; Hose water available at finish site; Goody bag; T-Shirts guaranteed to all pre-registered entrants.