Ryan Shay

Mid Summer Night Run

July 4, 2015

This Fourth of July come visit small town America in Central Lake, Michigan.  Enjoy its beautiful rolling hills, pastoral farms, sparkling lakes, and canopied nature trails. Peruse our parade and browse our arts and crafts bazaar.  Savor the flavors of the Lions Club outdoor Chicken barbecue or dine indoors at one of our eateries. Treat the youngsters (and young at heart) to an evening desert by entering the “Fudgees 1 Mile Ice Cream Fun Run”. Or, burn the day’s calories by participating in an evening Ryan Shay MidSummer Night 5K run / walk or 10K run.  After the races and the gorgeous sunset, let the day’s memories culminate while lounging on the grassy infield of our track/football stadium and at dusk lift your eyes heavenward to be enchanted by one of the most beautiful firework displays in Michigan!



Ryan Shay
Midsummer Night Run 
5k &10K  Road Races  &  “Fudgees  1 mile Ice cream fun run” 
July  4th  2015
Central Lake      Thurston Park         7:00 p.m.

The seventh annual Ryan Shay Midsummer Night Run will be held in conjunction with the Central Lake 4th of July celebrations. Shay, who grew up in Central Lake, was an 11 time state champion in track and cross-country, a ten time All- American at the University of Notre Dame, 10,000 m NCAA champion, five time USA National Champion, and represented the United States in competition throughout the world. On November 3, 2007, during the US Olympic marathon trials in New York City, Shay collapsed and died of heart failure due to a pre-existing condition at approximately 5.5 miles (9 km) into the race. Come and run one of three races 5k walk/run, 10k run, or the 1 mile ice cream fun/walk run. The 5k and 10k courses will cover roads and trails where Ryan often trained while living in Central Lake. Race proceeds benefit the Ryan Shay Memorial Scholarship.

Race Information: The 5k and 10K  start at Thurston Park in Central Lake at 7 p.m.  Both races finish at the Central Lake High School track.  The Fudgees 1 mile Ice Cream Fun Run is at the track at 8:00 p.m. where refreshments and awards will be presented.  At the conclusion of the award presentation, we welcome all spectators, runners, and their families to sit in the track stadium stands to enjoy one of the most beautiful firework displays in Northern Michigan.
Registration:     At www.ryanshay.org, www.active.com or between 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. race day at Thurston Park
Packet pick up: Thurston Park starting at 4:00 p.m. 
Awards: Presented to the overall, and masters male /female winners and places 1-3 for all the following categories: 14 under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 40-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+
Amenities: Rest rooms and water available. T-shirts guaranteed to all pre-registered runners. Post race refreshments.
Fees:  5K___ $20/ race day $25    10K___$20/ race day $25   1 mile fun run___ $10/ $15 with shirt / race day $15/ $20 with shirt 

Go to www.ryanshay.org or call 231-420-2311 for details


                                                              2015 Race Shirt