In its fourth year, the Village Foundation Heritage Run was held on Saturday, Oct.19, 2013. More than 300 runners and walkers came out on a mild, cloudy day to watch Mayor Debbie Sutherland ring the bell to kick off the race and she was on hand to give the awards at the end.
Looking at the crowd, Ms. Sutherland observed, “It is great to see so many runners of all ages come out for a good cause!”
The participants ranged in age from 1 to 80 years old. While everyone had fun, none had more fun than the group calling themselves, “the bridal party.”
Bride to be, Nikki Smith, of Elyria, used the occasion as a bachelorette party celebrating her upcoming wedding on Nov. 9th to Brian Kensik.
Runners left Cahoon Memorial Park at the north end of Dover Center Road and ran south on Cahoon to Lincoln then west for 5K on a route that brought them back to Cahoon Park.
Village Foundation trustees served as registrants and course marshals cheering the participants on all along the route. Chairman for this event was Trustee, Tim Atkinson, who was happy with the turnout. While looking around the room, Co-chair, Steve Lee, commented. “You can just feel the energy in this room” The Community House was really buzzing with activity.
Runners received a free high- quality athletic shirt. It was good to see the number of families that ran and walked together.
The committee,. Tim Atkinson, Steve Lee, Tom Harkness, Steve Ruscher, Al Paulus, Kristen Baird Adams, Gary Hengelsberg and Beth Emery planned the event that was managed by Hermes Co. All funds go to support Bay Village activities through grants. The Village Foundation, serving the community for 18 years, is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) corporation dedicated to preserving the quality of life in Bay Village, using the talents and resources of the private citizens and offering non-government funding for Bay Village endeavors.
The Village Foundation exists to provide support for projects and programs fostering Bay Village’s historical, cultural, social, and educational heritage. Through The Village Foundation, its citizens and businesses are encouraged to perpetuate the traditions that make Bay Village a special place to live and work
Bride to be, Nikki Smith, bridesmaids, Kasey Lasko, Michele Kensik, Katie Snyder, Carrie Knecht and Abby Miller