5th Annual Judy V. Spencer 5K-9 2018 Overview

The Judy V. Spencer Fund is proud to present the 5th Annual Bay City 5k-9 Race for 2018!  Join several hundred participants in running and/or walking with or without your dog on our 5k course located along Bay City’s beautiful Rail Trail.  Yes!  This IS a dog friendly event!  The 5k-9 sign up will be held at the Bay City Community Center. Proceeds from this years event go to the Judy V. Spencer Fund which in partnership with the Bay Area Women’s Center and the Humane Society of Bay County, provides boarding for the animals of domestic violence victims. We will be racing on a Sunday morning!

This race has 2 starting times.  We understand that everyone can't or doesn't want to run with dogs.  For those who prefer not  to run the race alongside our canine friends, there is a 9:00AM "NO DOGS" start.  For those bringing their furry friends AND for those who'd like to participate alongside them, there is a 9:30AM "WITH DOGS" start.  You do not have to bring a pooch to participant in the "WITH DOGS" event!

This race is being organized and managed by TriToFinish and the Judy V. Spencer Fund  with proceeds being placed back into the Bay City community through the Judy V. Spencer Fund. 

Date:  Sunday, July 22, 2018

Start Time:  9:00 AM

Location:  Bay City Community Center

Address:  800 John F. Kennedy Drive, Bay City, MI 48706

Course Description:

Races will begin on John F. Kennedy Drive across from the Bay City Community Center.

5K Course

Start at driveway by old house on JFK Dr., proceed down JFK until tennis courts then up on sidewalk  follow sidewalk and turn right (East) at Marina until next possible right on sidewalk turn South and proceed down sidewalk and keep following until sidewalk takes a left, then right then follow riverwalk all the way (closest to river) to the boathouse and around the parking lot on the sidewalk and return to main sidewalk and follow to small foot bridge by arboretum, then turn left, follow sidewalk and finish in driveway of the old house.  There will be a single aid station that dogs and their participants will pass twice - once on the way out and once on the return.  Doggies will have water dishes to refresh themselves at!

Packet Pickup and Late Registration:

  • Sunday, July 22nd, 2018 from 7:30-9:15* AM at Bay City Community Center

Online Registration closes at Midnight, Friday, July 20th, 2018.  After that, ALL registrations will be completed on-site during late registration/packet pickup at the increased rate of $35 ($25 for Youth Participants 13 & Under). 

* Those participants who wish to run or walk WITHOUT dogs, must complete packet pickup and be at the start line before 9AM.  If you miss the start, please check in at the registration table to move your bib to the 9:30 WITH dogs start time. You do NOT have to have a dog to participate in the "WITH DOGS" event!  The "NO DOGS" group was created for those who wish to race but do not want to run alongside dogs. 

NOTE: Active.com charges a nominal fee to participants when registering. We just don’t want you to be surprised when you go to register online!


Event-specific t-shirts are guaranteed ONLY to those who register online before Midnight on Sunday July 15th! These shirts are of high quality and will be available in unisex, ladies cut, or youth sizes.  All participants who register after that date/time will be provided with a TriToFinish t-shirt if event-specific shirts are unavailable on site.

Shirt Sizes Available 

  • Small
  • Medium
  • Large
  • Extra Large
  • 2XL
  • Ladies Cut Small*
  • Ladies Cut Medium*
  • Ladies Cut Large*
  • Ladies Cut Extra Large*
  • Youth Small
  • Youth Medium
  • Youth Large

*Note: Please keep in mind that Ladies Cut shirts generally run smaller than standard unisex t-shirts as they are designed to be somewhat form fitting. Participants will receive the size and type shirts ordered. Exchanges will be unavailable.

Race Start Times

  • 9:00 5K Run/Walk NO DOGS
  • 9:30 5K Run/Walk WITH DOGS


Awards for OVERALL winners will be provided 3 deep to overall male and female winners of the 5K Run event WITHOUT dogs and 3 deep overall male and female for the 5K WITH dogs.  Runners Athletic Company is providing COOL additions to prizes for the OVERALL winners with and without dogs:  

  • Leashes (for top male and female with dog): Stunt Puppy brand dog leashes allow you to run easily and hands-free with your dog by your side. Top male and female winner (running with dog) will receive a Stunt Runner leash. (Actual leash color may be different than shown)
  • Shirts (for top male and female without dog): Puppies Make Me Happy brand t-shirts -- the "Happiest Clothes on Earth!" Top male and female winner (running without dog) will receive a "Puppies Make Me Happy" t-shirt.

In addition overall winners will receive free entry to next year’s JVS 5K-9 Event in the category they win.  2nd Place overall finishers will receive 50% off and 3rd Place overall finishers will receive 25% off entry to the 2018 event.

NOTE:  All participants will receive high quality finisher medals at the finish line upon completion of their event!  While age group results WILL be provided, this year’s event will NOT have age group awards to keep costs down as this IS a charitable event.


Both actual and adjusted results from Miller Race Management will be displayed at the event and will be posted at TRITOFINISH.COM within 48 hours of race completion.


Interested in volunteering? Events like this can’t be successful without great volunteers! Sign up at the link at the top of this page and we’ll be in touch. All volunteers receive a cool, TriToFinish logo’d tech t-shirt courtesy of ATS Printing in Bay City, MI!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to bring a dog to participate in the 9:30AM "WITH DOGS" event?  Nope!  You can run with the dogs and their owners if you'd like!  The "NO DOGS" event was created for those who wish not to run alongside dogs.  Some people are afraid of them.  Some people are allergic.  

Can I run/walk with a stroller? The new racecourse utilizing out and back runner traffic on a narrow pathway means that we cannot allow strollers. 

What does “USATF Sanctioning” mean? It means that organizers have followed a process with USA Track & Field that requires creation of a safety plan and purchase of outstanding insurance covering participants, volunteers, sponsors, partners and organizers of the event.  It also means that your race results will be official for scoring purposes (assuming you track that sort of thing).

What happens if the event is cancelled?  Will I receive a refund? If the race is cancelled for reasons Organizers can control then we will work diligently to provide a refund or transfer of registration to another event.  However, cancellation due to extreme weather or local emergency is not controlled by organizers and is not reason for reimbursement. We WILL however, attempt to push start of the race back in 30-minute increments until the emergency dissipates. 

Refund and Transfer Policy

We completely understand that plans change and athletes will sometimes be unable to compete in an event they've signed up for.  Unfortunately, refunds will not be provided for any event unless the event is cancelled for reasons within our control.  Dangerous weather, natural disasters, and local emergencies are examples of reasons an event may be cancelled that are NOT within our control.

Should an athlete have an injury or other medical issue keeping them from competing in an event they've registered for, we would be happy to transfer their registration to a similar TriToFinish-owned event up to and including the same event the following season.  A doctor's slip may be required as proof of injury or ailment.  Failure to provide proof if requested will result in non-transfer of the event.

Transferring registrations to other athletes is NOT allowed.



  • 5K Run/Walk

Registration Prices:

5K Run/Walk*

  • $25.00 valid through 3/24/18
  • $30.00 valid through 7/20/18**
  • $35.00 for on-site registration

Youth (13 & Under) 5K Run/Walk

  • $15.00 valid through 3/24/18
  • $20.00 valid through 7/20/18**
  • $25.00 for on-site registration

*  This year, there will not be a separate category for Walkers at this event.  All participants in the 5K are free to run and/or walk as they see fit.

** Online Registration closes at Midnight, Friday, July 20th, 2018.  After that, ALL registrations will be completed on-site at late registration/packet pickup at the increased rate.

NOTE:  Active.com charges a nominal fee to participants when registering.  We just don’t want you to be surprised when you go to register online!



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