Star Spangled Squirt Gun Run a booming success

The second annual Star Spangled Squirt Gun Run 5k took place Friday, July 4. 380 runners and walkers registered for the event. The run started on Perry and Adams and snaked around the City to end in Adams Street Park. Spectators lined the streets with squirt guns, and even sprinklers and hoses, to squirt the runners and walkers as they went by.

Before the run, Gabe DeFreitas, incoming Port Clinton High School senior and organizer of the event, gathered everyone at the flag pole in Erie Dearie Park and together, led by runner Jaclyn Favro, they sang the Star Spangled Banner.


Squirt Gun Run 5k July 4

On Friday, July 4, the second annual Star Spangled Squirt Gun Run will take place starting at the Jefferson Street Pavilion. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. The race takes participants through downtown Port Clinton where spectators will be lining the streets with squirt guns to cool the runners (and walkers)! Proceeds from this event will go to support educational opportunities in Port Clinton and throughout Ottawa County through scholarships and other initiatives.

The entry fee is $25 the day of the race and $20 if pre-registered by June 27. Registration forms can be found at

Awards will be given to the top overall male and female runners and walkers. First place awards will be given for each age division. The age divisions are: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70 and older.



20 years of helping the cause

On Sunday, June 1, a piece of Catawba history is coming to an end. The CIC Run/Walk for Habitat for Humanity will run its last 3 and 5 mile courses. Many of the race directors from prior years will be present to memorialize the day. Always held at Catawba Island Club, the run/walk has raised over $300,000 through the years. It was an idea nurtured by Bud Hagy; Michael Schenk, General Manager of the Catawba Island Club; and Julie Caswell, former CIC Fitness Center Director. 

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