Area runners have another event to circle on their calendar. The inaugural Garfield Gallop will take place Sunday, July 24th in Mentor.
The 5K race and walk will start and finish at the James A Garfield National Historic Site.
Race participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt, racing bib as well as a costume beard to wear during the race.
“One of President Garfield’s defining physical traits was his superb beard,” says Ante Logarusic, Community Relations Administrator with the City of Mentor, “We thought it would be a fun way to get people engaged and learn a little more about our hometown president.”
Racers and their families will have the opportunity to view the Garfield home free of charge during a special open house event following the race. Prizes will be handed out for placement in varying age groups as well as for best costume.
“More and more runners are looking for the total package when it comes to races. They want a themed race, a great course, nice giveaways, good food and a ton of fun. The Garfield Gallop gives you all that in the ultimate race experience,” says Bill Dennison, Owner of Second Sole Mentor.
The City of Mentor and Second Sole Mentor anticipate 300-500 runners to participate in the event. Cost to participate is $20 preregistration, $25 day of the event. Net proceeds will benefit Friends of the James A Garfield National Historic Site, whose mission it is to promote the legacy of the nation’s 20th president, as well as other local charitable organizations.
More information to come.