A Westlake tradition continues Saturday with the 22nd annual North Coast Challenge.
The 5-mile run and 2-mile walk begin at 8:30 a.m. on Center Ridge Road. The University Hospitals Kids' Fun Run will be at 9:45 a.m.
St. John Medical Center is the home base for the event, which also includes a health expo, refreshments, entertainment, children's activities and prizes.
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The race is a community event, for the community, said race director Dave Camerino.
"A lot of things make this special," he said. "The community, the volunteers, the sponsors, the committee members, the charities."
The race started as a way to support local charities and organizations. Those benefiting over the years include Westlake Kiwanis, Westlake Police DARE Unit, WHBS-Television, Westlake Porter Library, Westlake Fire Department, Westlake Senior Center, Westlake Recreation Center and West Shore YMCA.
If you want to run the race or participate in the walk, it's not too late. Registration on race day is $20 and opens at 7 a.m. at St. John Medical Center.
There's a new course this year. Check out the attached PDF for the course map.
Roads along the race's course will be closed starting at 7 a.m. Saturday. The 5-mile run starts between Schwartz Road-Center Ridge Road intersection and the Center Ridge Road entrance to St. John Medical Center. The 2-mile walk will start at the Schwartz Road-Center Ridge Road intersection.
The following roads will close for about 3 to 4 hours:
Center Ridge at Dover, Northglen, Glenmore, Chase, Schwartz, Porter, Crocker, Bailus, Fairway and Bradley
Bradley Road at Silktree and Barton (North Olmsted)
Crocker Road at Center Ridge.
Westlake Police anticipate having the roads re-opened by 11 a.m.
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