OSKAR BAY - The Breakers to Bay 5-mile Road Race is in its fifth year, and the fundraiser event, which unofficially kicks off the Copper Country running season, is once again expected to draw more than 200 runners and walkers.
Proceeds from race registration, along with money raised from a 5-8 p.m. Friday spaghetti dinner at Stanton Township Hall ($8 adults, $4 children, kids 5 and under free), will go to continued upgrades of the KennerDome, an outdoor rink in Oskar Bay, and the grounds around the public facility.
"This year the KennerDome, we're looking at the exterior areas. Plans are in the works for maybe making a playground area, doing things more for the community outside, too," said event organizer Shelley Farrey. "It's been utilized for both winter and summer continuously, so we'd like to add something and get more people involved."
Previous upgrades have included a new locker room, new player benches and a hose-reel rink flooding system.
The 5-mile road race starts with a walkers division at 8:30 a.m., with runners starting at 9, and a new kids' fun run - with free registration - will start at 10:15 a.m. Registration for all events is available race day, and it includes a T-shirt. Race packets include information on other local races, and there will be giveaways as well.
"Registration is about right on par for the last couple of years. We broke 210 last year with runners and walkers, and I think we will hit that if not more," Farrey said. "The biggest change we have this year is we are doing chip timing."
Superior Timing will time both runners and walkers. The kids' fun run will not be timed.
Runners and walkers will be bused from the KennerDome, where parking is available, to the North Canal Park pavilion about 15-20 minutes before the race begins, with the finish line being back at the KennerDome.
"Rain or shine, we will run," Farrey said. "We're hoping for a nice day and a great turnout. ... It's nice to be the first race of the year, kick it off and get everybody prepared for the Canal Run and the Copperman."
For more information on the event, visit breakerstobay.net.