The City of Sandusky’s Recreation Department and Firelands Health have partnered with nine race events in the city to promote outdoor recreation for residents and visitors.

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 register or volunteer for four of the nine races will earn a RUNDUSKY Race Series hoodie. Each participant who finishes five or more events will be entered into a drawing for a race package. The package will include entry to all 2025 RUNDUSKY events. 

Participation in the promotion is FREE and anyone interested can download a RUNDUSKY entry card.
2024 RUNDUSKY Race Series Events
Humane Society of Erie County 5k - Saturday, April 6, 2024
Saturday, April 6 at 9 a.m.
Bait House Brewery
223 Meigs Street 

Description: 5K run/walk road course in downtown Sandusky, Ohio originating at Baithouse Brewery and Battery Park parking lot just north of the city building. Day of registration starting at 8 a.m., Race start at 9 a.m.
$25 supports the Humane Society of Erie County and includes t-shirt. *Well behaved dogs on a SHORT leash are welcome. 

Running Laps with Lions Walk/Run - Sunday, May 5, 2024
Sunday, May 5 at 9 a.m.
Lions Park
533 Winnebago Street

Description: How many laps can you do? Runners can enjoy an approximate ½ mile loop in scenic Lions Park on Sandusky Bay to complete as many laps as possible in 1 hour. Run/walk minimum 7 laps for a 5k; Run/walk minimum 13 laps for a 10k. All registered runners will receive a quality Tee! Post a photo of your run in your race shirt and with your race medal. #LapsWithLions #RUNDUSKY2023

All for Abs Walk/Run - Saturday, June 15, 2024
Saturday, June 15 at 9:00 a.m.
Bait House Brewery
223 Meigs Street

Description: Come join us for the sixth annual All for Abs Memorial 5K Run/Walk in honor of 2016 Sandusky Central Catholic (SCCS) graduate, Abigail Bastien. Abigail (Abs) was the class president, member of numerous clubs, an incredible athlete, and an all-around leader. After graduating, she pursued her dream of studying molecular and cellular biology at Johns Hopkins University. Abigail was spending the summer in Baltimore performing lab research when on July 13th, 2017, she unexpectedly passed away. While she had many defining characteristics, one of Abigail’s greatest loves was running. Throughout high school she was one of the top Track & Field athletes and accumulated countless awards, including a state medal.  She continued her passion collegiately after being recruited for the Johns Hopkins Track & Field team.
All proceeds raised through this event will be placed in the Abigail Bastien Scholarship Fund, which is used to award two annual scholarships to a graduating SCCS and Perkins High School student athlete.

Boy with the Boot 5k - Tuesday, July 4, 2024
Thursday, July 4 at 8:30 a.m.
Washington Park at the Boy with the Boot Statue
100 W. Washington Street

Description: Part of the 2024 RUNDUSKY Race Series! The seventh annual Boy with the Boot 5k will return in 2024! This year's route will start and finish at the Boy with the Boot statue in historic Washington Park. The course will utilize the waterfront Sandusky Bay Pathway for over half of the 3.1 miles. $25 Registration fee includes a Dri-fit t-shirt and medal. 

Ironman 70.3 - Sunday, July 21, 2024
Sunday, July 21

Description: Join us for an invigorating ferry swim start as you leap into Lake Erie for a 1.2-mile swim, a fast-flat 56-mile bike through Erie Counties farmland roads, and a 13.1-mile run through historic downtown Sandusky – all while surrounded by spectators in this exciting coastal destination. ?IRONMAN 70.3 Ohio offers slots to the 2025 VinFast IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship.

Register or Volunteer
Rush to the Crush - Sunday, August 18, 2024
Sunday, August 20, 2023
Firelands Winery
917 Bardshar Road


Coming soon
Drea 5K- Sunday, September 1, 2024
Sunday, September 1 at 9:00 a.m.
NexXt Level Fit Academy


The Drea 5K race presented by Nexxt Level Fit Academy is an annual walk/run located in downtown Sandusky starting on Washington street and ending on Fulton Street.

A free kids 1K

Location: 711 West Washington Street Sandusky, Ohio 44870 

Register By: TBD

Packet Pickup: Saturday September 2nd 12pm - 4pm

Race Day Registration and packet pickup: starts at 7:45am 

Awards: 5k age group awards male/female within 5 year age group (3 deep)

14 under to 80 and over.

Overall top three male/female finishers receive awards

5K starts at 9:00am 

Kids race starts at  8:30am  

Save Your Pumpkins 5K - Saturday, October 5, 2024
Saturday, October 5 at 9:00 a.m.
Battery Park
701 E. Water Street

Description: Do you know someone with breast cancer, or someone who had breast cancer? You're probably nodding your head 'yes' because breast cancer is the most common reportable cancer among women in Ohio, regardless of race. In our buckeye state, it accounts for 28 percent of all cancers diagnosed in women.

This fall, let's join the fight to "save the pumpkins" with a 5K run/walk through our beautiful, lakefront Sandusky, Ohio. All proceeds will benefit The Foundations for the following North Coast Healthcare Collaborative Hospital Systems: Firelands Health, Fisher-Titus, Magruder Hospital, and The Bellevue Hospital. 

The North Coast Healthcare Collaborative will use the funds to invest in patient support, breakthrough equipment, and research to prevent, diagnose and cure breast cancer. Donations from friends and family who do not wish to race, but would like to support the cause, are encouraged.

The Race Before the Game - Saturday, November 30, 2024
Saturday, November 30 at 9:00 a.m. 
Cameo Pizza at Central Park
702 W. Monroe Street

Description: Go Bucks and Go Blue during this 7th annual event in downtown Sandusky. There isn’t a better way to start the morning of the Ohio State/Michigan game day than “Dotting the i” or “Blocking the M.” And you can do both in this one-of-a-kind event. There is no other city with a unique street grid like Sandusky's to complete this kind of course.

The “Dot the i” course is approximately 5 miles and the “Block the M” course is approximately 4 miles. (Note: The "Dot the i" finish line will close at 10:30 a.m. Any participants unable to finish the course within that time are recommended to complete the Big O course instead). The Big O, a one-mile walk option to complete just the O in Ohio.

Registered Participants (By November 18, 2024) receive long-sleeved shirts and are to use sidewalks and obey all traffic laws during the event.

$25.00 pre-registration (received no later than November 18, 2028) Race-day registration limited to availability of shirts.