The Race That Runs The Trails, and Ends IN The Pool!
When: Saturday, July 7, 2018
Time: Registration, 9:30 am; first heats start at 10:15 am
Where: The Beacon Pool at the University Settlement Camp, 724 Wolcott Ave., Beacon, NY
Donation/Price: $20 for 5K; $5 for 1 Mile
The Beacon Recreation Department is producing their 2nd Annual Cannonball Run, a 5K and 1-mile race through the trails of the University Settlement Camp, located on Wolcott Avenue on your way out of town toward Cold Spring on Saturday, July 7, 2018.
This is a race with an extra splash of fun - you get to start at the Beacon Pool, and end with a jump into the pool. 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."
If you don't feel like running, you can still enjoy the event by taking part in a huge raffle. On offer: plenty of prizes from your favorite local businesses, including the Beacon Creamery, Trax Espresso Bar, Meyer's Olde Dutch Food & Such, Artisan Wine Shop, and many others. Bagels are being donated by Beacon Bagel for early registrants, and Sal's Pizza is pitching in a few pizza pies for after the race. The South Avenue PTO Collaborative will be selling ice pops and water. So bring your bathing suit, and be ready for a great Saturday morning.
Fundraiser for the Beacon After School Programs
The run itself is awesome, but the main reason for the event is to raise funds for Beacon's After School Programs, which have been instrumental in hugely improving the public school experience in Beacon. See our article here from when the program first launched in the elementary schools.
If enough money is raised during this event, funding will go toward a new middle-school After School Program - it's the trickle-up effect! Fundraising efforts will help the Beacon Recreation Department secure the funds they need to start that program.
The five-day program, which runs from 3 to 6 pm on school days, started in the elementary schools, allowing enrolled kids to stay at school and engage in different themed activities each day, such as Yoga, Martial Arts, Spanish, and more. Local businesspeople are involved and serve as the instructors. "It has been a win-win for everyone," says Nate.
A Little Beacon Blog is a proud media sponsor of this Cannonball Run, 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 1-mile trail run. The race begins at the pool and ends IN the pool. Registration begins at 9:30 am and the suggested donation is $20 for the 5K, $5 for the 1-mile. You can also pre-register at the City of Beacon Recreation Department's Facebook Page.
Win Some Of The Best Prizes Around!
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!
See you there! We are training...