CH Happy 5K and Fun Run benefits youth recreation fund

Several CH residents were members of the fastest merchant team winner: Six Shooter Coffee. Photo courtesy of Western Reserve Racing.

On the first Sunday in October, 575 runners from 60 cities participated in the second annual Cleveland Heights Happy 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run. The Oct. 2 event raised more than $8,000 for the Cleveland Heights Youth Scholarship fund.

About 163 Cleveland Heights residents were among the participants, following a route that started on Lee Road and wound through the business districts of Cedar Lee and Coventry Village. Lead sponsors, the Cleveland Clinic and Motorcars, each donated $2,500 to support the event.

Team and individual race results can be found at

The Cleveland Heights Youth Scholarship fund covers up to 50 percent of the cost of youth recreation programs for qualifying applicants, who must be residents of Cleveland Heights and meet restricted income requirements. The Recreation Advisory Board reviews scholarship applications, and the fund is supported solely through private donations and fundraisers.

Although the day started out with questionable weather, the grey clouds moved along and it turned out to be the perfect day for a run/walk. Those participating—some walking, others running—included adults, teens and children, and even some four-legged friends.

2016 Happy 5K Sponsors: Cleveland Clinic; Motorcars; Montlack Realty; Cleveland Running Company; CH Mayor Cheryl Stephens; State Farm, Betsy Warner, agent; City of Cleveland Heights; The Wine Spot.

2016 Happy 5K Supporters: U.S. Bank, Luna Bakery & Café, United Dairy Farmers, Quarry Hill Orchards, Washington & Lee Service, Jazzercise, Zagara’s Marketplace, CLE Urban Winery, Quintana’s Barber & Dream Spa, The Tavern Company.

Jane Williams Lauretig

Jane Williams Lauretig is a member of the Cleveland Heights Recreation Advisory Board, and has been a CH resident for more than 25 years.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 11:38 AM, 10.11.2016