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 well on its way 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!
In addition to running (or walking) in this special race, caveman garb is encouraged, however optional, with prizes awarded to the best costumes by three special guest judges, one joined by the world’s smallest police dog, Midge.
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 chips worn on the shoelaces, will take home awards in the top three places overall, as well as the top three places in eight 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.)
Race time is 9 a.m.; registration starts at 7:30 a.m.; costume judging begins at 8:15 a.m.; and free food and awards will follow.
All ages are welcome. Find the official Caveman Crawl registration form and information online. 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.
Geauga Park District and the Chip Henry Institute are grateful for the generous sponsorship of Friends of CASA for KIDS of Geauga County, University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center, Paul Davis Restoration, Fairmount Minerals, Kent State Geauga, Fitness Together, and John and Chris Steigerwald.