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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, roughly 400 runners participated. By 2013, word of our amazing course had spread and nearly 1,000 runners hit the street for the event. Runners joined us from the across the U.S and even other countries. What began as school fundraiser has become a community event and destination run.

Funds raised support Creative Learning Academy.


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.


  • Two great ways to support academic excellence in Pensacola: Register now for the Bayou Hills Run and consider CLA for your 2017 year end giving. CLA is a 501(c)(3) making your gift tax deductible to the extent of the law.
  • Are you shopping online this Cyber Monday? Did you know, you can shop for everyone on your gift list at, select Creative Learning Academy of Pensacola as your charity, and Amazon donates to CLA? It's easy to do, doesn't cost you a ...
  • The BHR is a local community event supporting the mission of Creative Learning Academy and academic excellence in Pensacola. Please consider CLA on #GivingTuesday
  • Quick! Before you fall into a "Turkey Coma" you should know registration for the 2018 Bayou Hills Run on March 3rd is open! Register today and start training tomorrow for these challenging 10K and 5K courses.#PensacolaRuns #UpSideofFlorida #BHR2018
  • Proud of our CLA running club! What a beautiful day to run in support of another great school in our local community! They’re sprinting right along as we continue training in preparation for our own 10k / 5k / 1 mile Fun Run on March 3rd. #CLAPride...
  • Interested to become a sponsor for the Bayou Hills Run on March 3, 2018? For more information, contact CLA at 850.432.1768 #BayouHillsRun #10k #5K #UpSideofFlorida