Support Cleveland Metroparks trail network, while exploring some of the newest urban trail connections
Cleveland Metroparks today announced registration is now open for the Virtual Centennial Trail 5K. In its third year, the race will be held virtually, offering participants an opportunity to choose a time and location to walk or run in support of Cleveland Metroparks growing trail network.
“We have seen unprecedented trail usage throughout the pandemic,” said Cleveland Metroparks CEO Brian M. Zimmerman. “This year our Virtual 5K offers people a chance to get active and support our growing trail network in the way they are most comfortable with.”
Registration for all participants is $15 and one hundred percent of the proceeds from the Virtual Centennial Trail 5K will benefit the Cleveland Metroparks Trails Fund
, which is helping to maintain and expand our growing network of natural surface trails. Participants can show their registration at the Winter RiverFest Holiday Shop at Merwin’s Wharf during festival hours beginning Friday, December 11 to redeem a free hot chocolate and their Virtual Centennial Trail 5K medal. Participation in the Virtual 5K is open now through Monday, January 18 at clevelandmetroparks.com/Virtual5K
The Virtual Centennial Trail 5K is designed to encourage the surrounding community to explore new trails and to build momentum for the growing network of downtown trails, several of which will see completion in early 2021.
“We are about to enter a monumental year for trails in Cleveland Metroparks with the completion of all five TIGER Trail projects in early 2021, including the Red Line Greenway, Whiskey Island Connector, and Wendy Park Bridge, all of which will be connected via the Cleveland Foundation Centennial Lake Link Trail,” said Zimmerman.
The Centennial Trail 5K route begins at the trailhead near the Columbus Street bridge along Cuyahoga River’s Irishtown Bend and connects to the Scranton Peninsula segment of the Cleveland Foundation Centennial Lake Link Trail. The route then cuts north along a portion of the Towpath Trail. Towards the finish line, the route travels along the newest half-mile section of the Cleveland Foundation Centennial Lake Link Trail from River Road to Detroit Avenue in the West Bank of the Flats. Along the route, enjoy some of the best scenic views of the skyline and Cuyahoga River that the city has to offer.
Participants are encouraged to follow the Centennial Trail 5K route, but can complete the Virtual 5K where and how they feel most comfortable. More Cleveland Metroparks Trail routes can be found at clevelandmetroparks.com/trails
Participants are encouraged to share their experience. Using your favorite fitness app, share your run to social media using #CentennialTrail5K.
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