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The Bayou Hills Run, a fundraiser for Creative Learning Academy, began in 1978, when distance running was first hitting its stride as a popular national pastime. The event was a favorite of Pensacola area runners for many years. After a several-year hiatus, the race returned as a CLA fundraiser in 2010 and has grown each year. In 2010, about 400 runners participated. In 2013, almost a thousand runners hit the streets for the event, many of them from across the southeast and the far-flung corners of the country. What began as a school fundraiser has become a community event and a destination run.

Past funds raised by the Bayou Hills Run are used for campus improvements such as updating technology, improving facilities and upgrading other teaching and campus resources. This year's proceeds support CLA's Diversity Assistance Program.


Creative Learning Academy

Creative Learning Academy is the preeminent preparatory school for preschool through 8th grade students in Pensacola. We are the only secular, independent school in the greater Pensacola area accredited by both the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Our mission is to nurture and strengthen each child’s foundation of academic excellence, creativity, independence and integrity in a culturally enriched environment. Since 1972, CLA has exemplified excellence in education through high academic standards, enrichment opportunities and a culturally enriched community. CLA is a non-profit 501(c)3 and is funded 100% by its school community and the generosity of donors.


  • A beautiful 5k course in downtown Pensacola and you get to dress up like a superhero!
  • Thank you Davis House Photography!!! We appreciate your hard work each and every year!! Looking for a photographer .. check out their website to see some of their beautiful wedding and family photography. Please click actual link (not the accompanyin...
  • Watch Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward kicking off our amazing race through the scenic and challenging course of East Hill. Each year the Bayou Hills Run offers one of only a few 10k/5k/kids' runs in our local area. #BayouHillsRun #CreativeLearningAcad...
  • 2017 Bayou Hills Run shirts are now available for only $5 each. Get one before they're gone!! Stop by Creative Learning Academy at 3151 Hyde Park Rd., Pensacola. Cash or check only please make payable CLA. Thank you for your continued support.
  • Race results are available online. Thank you to all of our participants, sponsors, and volunteers! See you next year.
  • They're off ... Good luck runners!! Thank you for your support of #CreativeLearningAcademy