• Four thousand kids ready for BSIM By the Bay 3K race at Lovers Point

    Schools competition draws students from throughout Monterey County  to participate in fun run and earn cash awards for schools

    Four thousand elementary school students along with parents, teachers and families will gather at Lovers Point Park on Saturday, April 25, to take part in the Big Sur Marathon’s By the Bay 3K fun run.  This largest-ever Big Sur Marathon kids’ event ranks it as the eighth largest kids’ race in the nation.  It is also the second largest Big Sur event of all seven distances offered during marathon weekend.

    Thirty-six elementary and middle schools will be represented at the By the Bay 3K.  They are eligible for cash awards in the annual Schools Competition based on the level of participation from each school.  Top school winners can take home as much as $1,300 for their school from the $14,000 total purse provided by the Big Sur International Marathon and its sponsors.Just Run! 2014

    Staging and activities for By the Bay 3K will be held at Lovers Point Park, with the race beginning at 8 a.m. on Ocean View Blvd.  Runners head west on a new course along Ocean View to Coral St. where they turn around for a finish back at Lovers Point.  All participants receive a finishers’ medallion, a “Muscle Hussle” t-shirt, and post-race food and entertainment at the finish area.  Children’s entertainer T-Bone will perform a pre and post-race interactive show.  At 9:15, representatives from the Big Sur Marathon’s JUST RUN youth fitness team will present the cash awards to the schools, along with special plaques and ClifBar product to schools that are part of the year-long JUST RUN program.

    Pacific Grove Mayor Bill Kampe, Superintendent of Monterey County Schools Nancy Kotowski, and Olympian Blake Russell are among the local celebrities greeting the audience on race morning.  Sharrell McDowell, a 7th grade student from Los Arboles Middle School, will sing the national anthem.

    Local residents and visitors are welcome to come out and cheer on the thousands of kids running, or to sign up for the event and run or walk with the students.  Pre-registration is available online at www.bsim.org until April 22, at the Marathon Expo on Friday, April 24, or on race morning beginning at 6:30 a.m.  Costs are $5 for children 4-17, and $20 for adults.

    Street closures will be in effect beginning at 6 a.m. on Ocean View Blvd. between Fountain and Coral Streets. The race will conclude at approximately 9 a.m. and post-race festivities end in the park by 11 a.m.

    For more information on the By the Bay 3K or the JUST RUN youth fitness program, contact info@bsim.org or 831-625-6226.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on April 18, 2015

    Topics: Front PG News, Sports

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