Run With The Caveman

Challenging 5K course also for walkers; proceeds help get youth outdoors

Think this 5K is hard? Cavemen did it in mammoth skin shorts and bare feet.

For the fourth year, online, drop-off and mail-in registration is again open for Geauga Park District’s Caveman Crawl 5K Trail Run on Sunday, June 8, 2014 at The West Woods in Russell Township.

All proceeds from this race benefit the Chip Henry Institute for Outdoor Adventure, which funds youth programming through the parks, including annual summer camps for grades five through 10. Previous races have drawn nearly 400 people.

In addition to running or walking in this different kind of race, prehistoric garb is encouraged and commonly worn – however, optional – with prizes awarded by three guest judges to the best costumes in (new this year) youth and adult categories.

Caveman Crawl - photo by Ray Richter
Caveman Crawl – photo by Ray Richter

So why does the caveman run this particular course? Just over 3.1 miles of hilly, well-graded dirt and gravel, it 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, chip-timed by Greater Cleveland XC, will take home hand-crafted awards in the top three places overall, as well as the top three places in nine different age groups (a 70+ age division has been added), in both male and female categories.

Of course, for cavemen, timing didn’t actually matter – winning was beating that saber-toothed tiger on their heels!

Race time is 9 a.m.; registration is from 7 to 8:30 a.m.; costume judging begins at 8:15 a.m.; and free food and awards will follow.

All ages are welcome. Find the official registration form and online registration information, click here. Registration is $20 postmarked by June 1 or online, $25 on race day. A free 2014 race day T-shirt is guaranteed for the first 250 to register, so don’t delay!

Geauga Park District is grateful for the generous sponsorship of University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center, Paul Davis Restoration, Fairmount Minerals and Kent State University at Geauga.

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