Competitors, fans, and volunteers assembled for the 47th annual Run Clark Lake this morning (Sat Aug 6). The weather was sunny and hot. Runners got a strong dose of humidity. That doesn’t stop a race, but it usually slows down top speeds.
Race Director Pat Dwyer reports an excellent turnout. In 2021, the race returned after a year off in 2020 due to COVID. The one event missing in 2021 was the 12K. It rejoined the other three events for today’s competition.
To get a feel for the day, check out this video.
Run Clark Lake features four events—the 12K Run, 5K Run, 5K Walk, and 3/4K Kids Run. For a detailed look at results for each, click below.
Here are the routes for the events.
In the slideshow, you’ll see competitors, including the kids, sprint to the finish line.
As usual, spectators turned out to watch, as you’ll see in this slideshow.
Finishing a race is an achievement. Even more of an accomplishment is to take home impressive hardware and cash prizes.
As Pat Dwyer explained in the video, turnout for Run Clark Lake was excellent. Just before the Kids Run, he listed the states of those who entered one of the events: Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Florida, Arizona, Kentucky, North Carolina, Georgia, Wyoming, California, Colorado, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Tennessee, Missouri. Look over Pat’s shoulder, and you can read his notes for yourself.
To learn how the race is structured and past records, please click here.
Run Clark Lake generates cash prizes through sponsor support. The Run also contributes to the Clark Lake Spirit Trail. Unpaid volunteers do most Trail maintenance. But some third party expenses are unavoidable, including infrastructures upgrades or additions.
Excellent community event, very well organised and executed, rapid response time in an injury event, well placed hose sprinklers, and spaced apart watering stations, great support on the routes and at the finish. All in all, another event of which the Clark Lake community can be justifiably proud. Kudos to Pat Dwyer, Leanne Melling and all the volunteers who made this such a special day despite the heat and humidity.