It's still cold outside, but NBC25 is getting ready for spring and St. Patrick's Day.
This year, is the 37th running of the St. Patrick's Day races in Bay City, and for the fourth year in a row NBC25 is the primary media sponsor for the race.
This year could quite possibly be the biggest race ever, and we're giving you an opportunity to be featured on NBC25.
In 2007, NBC25 began its partnership with the Bay Area Runners Club and the St. Patrick's Day races.
Ann Gasta, race director, says "The relationships between the running club and NBC25 has created awareness that the race is there."
More than a thousand people pounded the pavement of downtown Bay City in 2007.
Through a lot of hard work, that number grew to more than 4,000 last year.
This year, that number could grow to nearly 6,000.
There are many reasons for that, one of them is a finisher's medal that's better than many marathon medals.
Gasta says 2010's finisher's medal "...will be very similar to last years, just as good, but a new twist to it."
The race is also friendly to first-timers and non-competitive participants.
For the majority of the runners and walkers, it's their only race all year.
Gasta says, "It's not all about racing, but yet those that want to take it competitively, it's there for them too."
For elite runners, St. Pats is the first race of the year for the Michigan Runner's series.
This year, NBC25 and the Bay Area Runners Club will have a special feature. One lucky viewer will have the opportunity to get expert training, coaching, and follow-up for this year's race.
Gasta says, "We really would like the rookie candidate, if you will. Someone who is very inexperience. Maybe this is the first time."
Those who want to be considered can send an e-mail here.
The Al Kayner St. Patrick's Day races grew by 1,400 participants last year, and race officials are expecting another 1,400 to join the crowd this year.
The 2010 race is presented by Catholic Federal Credit Union.