Geauga Park District’s 5K trail run returns for third year.
Think this 5K will be hard? Cavemen did it in mammoth skin shorts and bare feet.
Registration is open for Geauga Park District’s 3rd annual athletic event – the Caveman Crawl 5K Trail Run on Sunday, June 9, at The West Woods in Russell Township.
With all proceeds benefiting youth programming through the Chip Henry Institute for Outdoor Adventure, this year’s Caveman Crawl is once again expected to break records, with the first two races drawing nearly 300 and 400 runners and walkers a piece!
Might a real caveman run? That’ll be for participants to find out. Caveman garb is also optional, but prizes will be awarded to the best three costumes, this year by a set of pretty experienced judges…
So why does the caveman run this historic show? The course, just over 3.1 miles of hilly, well-graded dirt and gravel, includes portions of Ansel’s Cave Trail, known for its beautiful Sharon conglomerate rock outcropping. Not to mention the forest views and wildlife that could always be just around the bend.
Race winners, timed by Perfect Pace using “radio frequency identification,” will take home awards in the top three places overall, as well as the top three places in seven different age groups, in both male and female categories.
(Of course for prehistoric people, timing didn’t matter – winning was beating that saber-toothed tiger on their heels.)
Registration starts at 7:30 a.m.; the costume contest will be held at 8:15 a.m.; race time is 9 a.m.; and free food and awards will follow.
“It’s taken centuries for caveman to evolve into modern man,” said Sandy Ward, spokeswoman for the Park District. “It’ll take one morning for your family to revert back.”
All ages are welcome. Find the official Caveman Crawl registration form and online registration information here. Registration costs $20 if postmarked by June 1 or completed online, and $25 on race day. The first 250 people collect free T-shirts, too, for being part of this hot event.