The Race That Begins at The Pool, and Ends IN The Pool!
When: Saturday, July 7, 2018
Time: Registration, 9:30 am; first heats start at 10:15 am
Where: The Pool at the University Settlement Camp, 724 Wolcott Ave., Beacon, NY
Donation/Price: $20 for 5K; $5 for 1 mile
The Beacon Parks and Recreation Department is at it again, bringing us the Second Annual Cannonball Run! This is no normal race - you get to start at the pool, and end IN the pool by jumping in to celebrate finishing the run. Speaking of its title, don't let it fool you or limit your participation. Says Nate Smith, assistant director of the Beacon Recreation Department: "You can walk, stroll, jog, sprint, however you want to participate. We just want you to have fun. Though this is a trail run, so there will be some hills. Just to make it more exciting!" So bring your bathing suit and get ready for a great Saturday morning.
Fundraiser for the Beacon Recreation After School Programs
The run itself is awesome, but really it's a fundraiser for Beacon's After School Programs, which have been instrumental in hugely improving the public school experience in Beacon. The five-day program that runs from 3 to 6 pm started in the elementary schools, where enrolled kids can stay at school and engage in different themed activities for their day, such as Yoga, Bird-Watching, Martial Arts, Spanish, and more. Heads of local businesses are involved and serve as the instructors, and it's been a win-win for everyone.
Although it is a tuition-based program that families pay for, there is a Tuition Assistance Program that parents have been able to take advantage of if they need it. Says Nate: "We have had parents who needed the program in order to get back on their feet and get to work. And we have had parents not need the Assistance Program anymore because they returned to work and got things sorted."
This year, the Recreation Department is fundraising in preparation to expand the program from the elementary schools to Rombout Middle School. It's the trickle-up effect. Fundraising efforts will help the Recreation Department secure the funds they need to start that program.
A Little Beacon Blog is a proud media sponsor of this event, as we have first-hand experience of how wonderful the After School Program is - including instructors, caregivers and programming. We give this event a double-high five!
About The Cannonball Run
Participants have the choice of doing a 5K (just over 3 miles) or a one-mile trail run. The race begins at the pool and ends IN the pool. Registration begins at 9:30 am and the suggested donation fee is $20 for 5K, $5 for the one-mile. You can also pre-register at the City of Beacon Recreation Department's Facebook Page.
Win Some Of The Best Prizes Around!
Yes, there will be prizes for the following categories from the following businesses:
- Fastest 5K Male
- Fastest 5K Female
- Fastest Mile (Male, under 12)
- Fastest Mile (Female, under 12)
- Best Costumes
- Nella Bellas Boutique
- Mountain Tops
- Trax Espresso Bar & Coffee Roasters
- Bank Square Coffeehouse
- Fishkill Farms
- Hudson Valley Renegades
- Beacon Bagel
- Barb's Butchery
- Garrison Art Center
- Beacon Creamery
- Bounce! Trampoline Sports
- beBhakti Yoga
- SHRED Foundation
- BCSD PTO Collaborative
- A Little Beacon Blog
- Beacon Arts & Education Foundation
- Girls Inc.
- Keyfood Beacon
- Meyer's Olde Dutch Food & Such
- Artisan Wine Shop
- Play Toys and Gifts
- Beetle and Fred
- Fishkill Bowl
- Mr. V's Deli
- Sal's Pizza & Pasta
You can RSVP on Facebook here!