The 41st Bill Burby Inspirational Run/Walk will begin at 8:30 AM on Saturday, July 15, 2023. The starting and ending will be at the VES Fields (Harbor School).
The 41st Bill Burby Race works to preserve some of the Island Strawberry Festival historic traditions. First, it brings honor to Mr. Bill Burby, a former VHS coach and teacher of health, who influenced many young people toward healthy living. Mr. Burby died in 1989.
A second preserved feature of the race is to provide funds to be used by island sports programs and scholarships. This has contributed to sports success, and has given students opportunities for continued learning at the collegiate level.
A third and final preserved historic feature of the race is the continuation of the “Run for Ryan” program. This program honors the life of Ryan Krug, a dedicated high school runner who died tragically and suddenly in 2013.
In August of 2020, Aaron Burby, the son of Bill Burby, passed away from an undetected rare brain disease. Like his dad, Aaron was a very inspirational person who encouraged anyone whom he crossed paths and was a beloved member during his time in our community. He dedicated himself to health and fitness as he completed nineteen Iron-Man triathlon races. Aaron was also an avid swimmer, and has won the Bill Burby 10K Race named after his dad many times. For all of his athletic accomplishments he was even a better human being, as Aaron brought out the best of everyone he was around.
Contact the Bill Burby Fun Run Association at: