By Tim Kowols
Celebrating its silver anniversary next weekend, the Shanty Days 5K has been gold for the city and the area running community. Former Algoma cross country coach Jerry Matuszek started the race back in 1993 before turning the reins over to Rob and Jody Anderson. According to Rob Anderson, the race went from near extinction to thriving with over 500 participants last year. He credits a dramatic course change from the industrial park to the lakefront and implementing technology like chip timing and online registration to its growth. Anderson says even more important than the health benefits for the participants are the smiles he sees on their faces when they finish. He credits a random appearance by an unknown person dressed as Spider-Man for helping their Kids Superhero Race grow.
Both events take place next Saturday morning near the Algoma Marina.