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BONNE BELL RUN

BONNE BELL RUN was an annual 10-kilometer race for women of all ages, sponsored by BONNE BELL, INC., of LAKEWOOD. This run, one of the first in the nation open exclusively to women, was begun in 1976 when Bonne Bell underwrote 10K races in New York, Aspen, Boston, Cleveland, and Atlanta. The race was held on a Sunday in September or October every year and begian at the company's Manufacturing and Distributing Facility at 1006 Crocker Rd. in WESTLAKE. It proceeded through Westlake and BAY VILLAGE, and concluded at the company's Westlake facility. Women of all ages participated in the races, as young as 8 years old and up to 65 and older. There were approx. 600 participants. Although known as a race for women only, the first race and the 10th anniversary race in 1986 were open to both men and women. The last official Bonne Bell Run was held in 1993.