RUNDUSKY race series back for sixth season in 2024

What is it: The City of Sandusky Recreation Department’s RUNDUSKY Race Series is back for its sixth season, as the department this week announced the nine races that will be a part of the 2024 series. The department also announced the winners of the 2023 grand prize package. Jess Safran of Port Clinton and Sandy Bodi of Bay View each won entry to all nine participating races in 2024.

The RUNDUSKY Race Series had more than 90 participants in at least four of the nine races. Participation in four of the races qualified them for a free hooded sweatshirt provided by Firelands Health System. More than 52 participants ran five or more of the races, which qualified them for the race package drawing. Four participants participated or volunteered at all nine events.

The race series resulted in more than 300 registrations to Sandusky races with an average of 40 participants per race. The average age-per-participant in the series was 45 years old, according to a Jan. 30 release from the City of Sandusky Recreation Department.

Why is it important: The race series promotes outdoor recreation for residents and visitors, according to the release.

“Each year, the RUNDUSKY Race Series continues to be a successful event for the community,” said Jordan Sternberg, director of marketing for Firelands Health via the release. “We’re proud to partner with the City of Sandusky to bring this wellness event back in 2024.”

How to get involved: Participation in the 2024 RUNDUSKY Race Series promotion is free, but participants must register for each race independently. Prices and registration availability depend on each race.

Those who participate in four of the nine races will be given a RUNDUSKY Race Series hoodie. Each participant who finishes five, six, seven, eight, or all nine of the races will be entered into a drawing for a race package. The package will include free entry to participating RUNDUSKY races in 2025.

The RUNDUSKY 2024 Race Series includes the following events:

Humane Society of Erie County 5k
Bait House Brewery, 223 Meigs St.
9 a.m. Saturday, April 6
$25 supports the HSEC and includes a race shirt

Running Laps with Lions Walk/Run
Lions Park, 533 Winnebago St.
9 a.m. Sunday, May 5
$33 supports Sandusky Lions Club and includes t-shirt and finisher medal

All for Abs 5k Color Dash
Paper District Marina, 611 W. Shoreline Drive
9 a.m. Saturday, June 15
$35 Supports the Abigail Bastien Scholarship Fund and includes t-shirt and finisher medal

Boy with the Boot 5k
Washington Park at the Boy with the Boot statue
8:30 a.m. Thursday, July 4.
$28.00 includes dry-wick t-shirt and finisher medal

IRONMAN 70.3 Ohio
Jackson Street Pier
6:30 a.m. Sunday, July 21
Rush to the Crush 5 Miler & Wine Sprint
Firelands Winery, 917 Bardshar Road
Time TBD Sunday, Aug. 18
Registration: COMING SOON
Drea 5k
NexXt Level Fit Academy
9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 1
Registration: COMING SOON
Save your Pumpkins 5k,
Battery Park
9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5
Registration: COMING SOON
The Race before the Game
Cameo Pizza at Central Park
9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30

Participation in the promotion is FREE and anyone interested can download a RUNDUSKY entry card at or pick one up at participating races in 2024.
For questions, contact Sandusky Recreation 419.627.5833 or [email protected] .
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