Sylvan Shuffle sprints on

By: Cari DeLamielleure-Scott | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published May 6, 2014

 Runners sprint through Sylvan Lake during the 2013 Sylvan Shuffle. This year’s run is May 10.

Runners sprint through Sylvan Lake during the 2013 Sylvan Shuffle. This year’s run is May 10.

File photo by Donna Agusti


SYLVAN LAKE — Runners and walkers of all abilities are invited to participate in the 10th annual Sylvan Shuffle in Sylvan Lake May 10.

The 5k run starts at Ferndale Park at 9 a.m., with the 5k walk starting shortly afterward. The 1k fun run, which is designed for children, begins at 9:45 a.m.

“The main characteristic is we try to perimeter the lake as much as possible. With Sylvan Lake not being strictly on (the city of) Sylvan Lake property, we have to stick to the boundaries of our city,” said Justin Hatch, race coordinator.

The Sylvan Shuffle was started by Sylvan Lake residents Dan and Michelle Allread, and the Parks and Recreation Committee took over coordinating the race in 2012, according to Patrick Runk, chair of the Parks and Recreation Committee.

“As an avid runner, and since I moved to Sylvan Lake … I always made a point to participate in the race because, like the Easter egg hunt, it is a sign that spring has sprung in Sylvan Lake and that summer is around the corner,” Runk said in an email.

Proceeds from the event go toward the Sylvan Lake community. Past race proceeds were allocated for the city’s tennis courts at the Community Center. While Runk said Parks and Recreation Committee members do not have a current project in mind, they may save up the proceeds, as done in the past, to be donated to a community project in the future.

The first 150 entrants will receive a medal and a T-shirt. The race/walk has pulled in anywhere from 150-180 participants. Powers Distributing will be donating water for participants, and Ellen’s Bakery and Café will be donating bagels, Hatch said. 

“The great thing about the race is that for runners … the race brings them down the city’s beautiful streets to see all the wonderful homes and lakefront that makes Sylvan Lake the nestled-in gem that it is,” Runk said.

For more information or to register for the run/walk, visit Registration is open until the day of the event. On-site registration will be available. The Sylvan Shuffle will take place at Ferndale Park, located at Ferndale Drive and Oakwood Street.