DadsDay Run – 2022
Celebrating 20 Years with a New Course
Breaking News! Click to see our Shaker Life DadsDay Run article.After two years of virtual races due to the pandemic, Family Connections’ DadsDay Run returns in person in 2022 to celebrate 20 years of racing. This upcoming year will be better than ever with a new course offering the traditional 5-mile and 1-mile distances.
The exciting new courses will begin and end at the Shaker Heights Main Library at the corner of Lee Road and Chagrin Boulevard on Father’s Day morning, June 19, 2022. Racers will receive a custom DadsDay Race t-shirt and have the choice between a 5-mile and 1-mile course. As always, ties will be presented to each racer at the finish line, and a short Kids Sprint will be offered for the younger racers free of charge, along with ice cream, snacks, and family entertainment. A special appearance will be made by Shaker Heights Mayor David Weiss.
Family Connections kicked off DadsDay races in 2002, under the inspiration and leadership of Peter Nagusky, a longtime supporter and former board member who is serving as the 20th anniversary DadsDay Run Honorary Chair. Peter says, “We’re grateful for the tremendous corporate and community support over the past 20 years, which has combined to make this one-of-a-kind annual event and provide important financial fuel to Family Connections.”
The race has since become a key fundraiser and community building event for the organization, raising $500,000+ over the years. Nearly 7,000 racers and their families have joined Family Connections to support families with young children on Father’s Day morning these past 19 years.
The DadsDay Run race has become a fun annual tradition for many local families to celebrate fathers and the joys of parenting on Father’s Day morning. The Bordeaux family, Jeremy, Jen, Tyler (14), Nathan (12), and Julia (6), have been running the DadsDay races since before Julia was born. Both Nathan and Julia’s first races were toddling down the road for the Kids Sprint before they were even in preschool. Tyler ran his first distance race in the 5-mile DadsDay Run in 2015, prior to joining the cross-country team in middle school. “We can’t wait to be back to racing in person for 2022 and check out the new course!” says Jeremy, who often runs various race distances on Father’s Day morning with each of his kids.
SIGN-UP TO RUN OR WALK! Kid’s Sprint also available!
Father’s Day, June 19th
8am race start time
Shaker Heights Public Library, 16500 Van Aken Blvd, Shaker Heights, OH 44120
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We have been helping families grow stronger together for over 35 years by providing parenting support and educational opportunities for families with children from birth through age 6.
Family Connections offers year-round, free programs and services for families and children to learn and play together.
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