Last year I placed 3rd at the River Run in Chillicothe and this weekend I hope to set a new PR not only for this race but also as an overall 5k PR! If there is a local race to set a PR (personal record) then this is the one to do it at.
The Chillicothe River Run is a super flat and fast 5k (3.1 miles) or a 1 mile fun run or walk. It’s flat, scenic and many records have been set at this run. The fastest male time was set by Scott Hoffman at 15:34 and the female was set by Emily Dewald with a 18:34! That’s some seriously fast times, but don’t let that deter you from this run because it’s fun for everyone, from the elite runners to the casual walkers and for all ages too from senior citizens to young children. There are awards for the top 3 male and female runners in each age group and for the overall male and female finisher.
In honor of Memorial Day they will be honoring our veterans and active military, they will have a live bugler play “Taps” and a gentlemen sing the “National Anthem” and there will also be a live 21-gun salute and a real civil war cannon start the race. The Mountain Men will also be playing live music at the race.
The course begins and ends at the northeast corner of of the downtown city park on second street and starts at 8am. This is the 32nd Annual River Run and is put on by the Chillicothe Optimist Club and all profits go to youth activities put on thru the Chillicothe Optimist Club. So bring your family out for some good, healthy fun before you stuff your bellies at your Memorial Day BBQ. Or better yet you can join me AFTER the run at Castaways where I’ll be enjoying for the first time one of those famous O-Burgers!And of course a few ice cold beers to celebrate our 5k victories!
You can still register online at signmeup.com and if you register today or tomorrow you can still get a official race shirt as there are still some available. Otherwise you can do early registration at the park Friday and at the same place before the race Saturday. If you have any questions about the race or want more information you can also call Eric Greskoviak at 309-231-1905.