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August 8, 2013

Bath City Run sets the stage for fitness, fundraising

By Julie Snyder
C & G Staff Writer

MOUNT CLEMENS — What was once the center of a long-standing celebration of Mount Clemens’ past is now the focus of ensuring a healthy future for more than few people and a couple local service organizations.

The 12th annual Bath City Run hits the streets of Mount Clemens at 8 a.m. Aug. 17.

Hosted by the city’s Downtown Development Authority, the Bath City Run was started by former long-time Mount Clemens High School track and field coach, Bob Winkler in 2002.

DDA Marketing Coordinator Michelle Weiss said the run was originally part of the Bath City Festival, which celebrated the historic days of Mount Clemens as the medicinal mineral bath capital of America.

“That past is why Mount Clemens is called Bath City,” she said. “The festival was always a huge success; we had tents around the city with historic memorabilia and photos and people talking about the history of Mount Clemens. Five years ago, Bath City Run organizers changed the race date so that it could act as a warm up race for runners participating in the Crim Festival of Races in Flint, Mich. The Crim is one of the top races in United States, and will be held the weekend of Aug. 24.

“A lot of people really loved the run; the terrain — it’s a little challenging run; it’s not boring. We wanted to keep it going.”

The Bath City Run comprises a four-mile competitive run, a two-mile non-competitive walk, and a children’s Tot Trot. The competitive run features chip timing to provide better accuracy in timing and faster turnaround with race results.

Winding streets, meandering bike paths, and curving trails make up the mostly shady four-mile course, Weiss said.

“The race runs through Mount Clemens and Clinton Township,” she said. “It starts downtown and runners will go through residential streets, a bike path and a park. We get a lot of compliments on the path of the race.”

With this summer’s heat, organizers have added a shaded course.  The non-competitive two-mile walk follows an abbreviated version of the run course.

“This year, we’ll have Davin Dumar out here and he may join in the run,” said Weiss. Dumar, a Mount Clemens solider, lost one of his legs in Afghanistan.

The Bath City Run will go on rain or shine, and starts adjacent to the Recreation Bowl located at 40 Crocker Boulevard in downtown Mount Clemens. The short Tot Trot, started by local favorite Rosco the Clown, will be held just before race time. Once the runners set-off, the two-mile out-and-back non-competitive walk will start.

The walk enables non-runners at all levels of fitness to participate in this family-friendly event.

Fun and unique Bath City-themed prizes will be awarded to the top three run finishers in each age group; walk participants receive certificates, and refreshments are offered after the completion of the run, and there are raffle drawings for additional prizes.

On-site race registration takes place at the Recreation Bowl’s patio area. Registration is open until 7:40 a.m. on race day.  Entry fees are $30 through race time for adults and $15 for students age 17 and younger. A family of four can take advantage of a flat $60 entry fee. Tot-Trotters age 10 and younger are free. The first 200 entries receive a race backpack and water bottle.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Macomb Family YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign, which provides an array of services to underprivileged children in the area, and ongoing municipal parks and playgrounds improvement projects by the Mount Clemens Foundation.

“We’re currently raising funds to renovate Shadyside Park,” said Weiss, a Foundation board member.

Registration information for Bath City Run can also be downloaded from two websites, www.downtownmountclemens.com or www.runmichigan.com. For additional information, call Michelle Weiss at (586) 469-4168.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Julie Snyder at jsnyder@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1039.