5K Run/Walk
Saturday, May 04, 2024

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Jessica Gregory 989-895-4727 jessica.gregory@mclaren.org

Thank you for your participation in the 8th Annual McLaren Bay Medical Foundation 5K Run/Walk presented by United Bay Community Credit Union!

We were thrilled to spend a sunny Saturday morning with you at our charming Uptown Bay City location for a day of fitness, fun, and fundraising. Over 450 youth and adults registered for this highly anticipated race!

As the morning greeted us with sunshine, a light breeze, and 55 degree temps, Rachel Geddes from WHNN got our blood pumping with some upbeat music and announcements! Racers gathered under the big Dow sponsored tent to chat with event sponsors, gather treasures, and prepare for race day.

After a "Welcome" from past chairman Dr. Robert Holmes and current chairman Dr. Andrew Bayci, nearly 400 racers sprinted, jogged, power-walked, and strolled across the start line to begin their 3.1 mile journey along the alluring riverfront. Dr. Holmes served as the marshall, guiding racers along the route and having to keep pace with the fastest! Special thanks to Linda Flues and Ted Davenport from the Bay Area Runners Club for the development of the race route and lending and setup of cones to mark crucial points.

Volunteers along the route gave direction, cheered for the racers, and kept them hydrated at water stations provided by Drink Water Sponsors Bay Landscaping, Dow Bay Area Family YMCA, Fran Santoro, and Real Seafood Company of Bay City. Mile markers represented another step closer to the finish line and were sponsored by Keep Running Sponsors Gephart Funeral Home, Maple Leaf Golf Course, and Newton Eye Care Center.

By 9:19am, Garrett Jurgess was the first to cross the finish line and get his finisher medal with a chip time of 18:57.

As more and more racers crossed the finish line, Uptown Bay City came to life with celebration of successes. We cheered and clapped for finishers who ranged from age 2 - 80!

Once settled back into Uptown to await results, participants replenished their bodies with nourishment from our snack and water station, provided by Meijer, and Shine Water.

Prize drawings and awards represented the end of a wonderful day getting active together and raising over $20,000! Through these funds the McLaren Bay Medical Foundation can continue to make a positive difference in the lives of our patients and the communities we serve. Every dollar given stays right here in our local area touching lives by meeting needs that go beyond the hospital’s normal operating expenses.

Thank you to our many event sponsors, donors, participants, volunteers and race mentors who made this an event to remember.


Thank you to our 2023 Sponsors


Title Sponsor

Healthy Heart Sponsor

Cumulus Media
Graff Chevrolet - Bay City
Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons & Dental Implant Center

Strong Muscle Sponsor

Bay Area Runners Club
COPOCO Community Credit Union

Registration Sponsor

Uptown Bay City

Be Fit Sponsors

All Valley Home Health and Valley Hospice Care
Bayci Surgical Associates, PC
Gary and Barbara Bosco
Champagne & Marx Excavating, Inc.
Financial Edge Credit Union
Health Advantage Credit Union
Independent Bank
Jennifer A. Whyte
Lake Effect Chiropractic
Lake Huron Dental
Learman Dental
Lee-Ramsay Funeral Home
Liberty Tax & Loans
Dr. Chelea Mason Dental
Elizabeth "Libby" Pionk, DO & Maryanne Eagle
Shaw Contracting
Shine Water
Weaver Group Insurance