Last year was Chillicothe's first annual City Run, so we can still call ourselves new. Last Year's event was expected to be well organized and thoroughly planned. What was unexpected was for this event to be so embraced by our small community to the measure that it was. Sponsored by Open Door Church, when event planners began promoting the idea to run a 5k race through the heart of downtown Chillicothe they had no idea that The City Run would become an instant community staple.
Following last year's success, the community of city runners have already created plenty of buzz around our small town as April 11th races nearer. Many returning runners have already registered along with many new faces who are signing up just to see what all the hype is about.
The City Run creates a small-town feel that it's participants have really celebrated. There's a real sense of community in joining forces with one another to come together to care for our city. It cultivates a sense of responsibility to stand up for our town when resources are otherwise lacking and go the extra mile to show our support.
Chillicothe is rich in history. We have many sites of which residents feel pride and nostalgia toward, and we truly want to preserve that for future genertations. Some of that rich historic heritage include, The Adena Mansion and Gardens, the Majestic Theatre, Mound City, and old shops that line Paint and Main Streets that served and shaped Chillicothe for up to hundreds of years.
One of our sponsors, Schlegel's Coffee House, posted this picture of Paint Street taken in 1896.
The image shows the now popular coffee house as the Dreamland Theatre, a silent Movie Theatre which admission cost was 5 cents.
Though our city is rich with History, sometimes funding to retain these structures is limited. The City Run is committed to join with the City Parks and Rec department to see where funds from the race would best be utilized. This year, attention will be turned to restoring one of these beautiful historic sites.
The Yoctangee Bridge.
The Yoctangee Bridge is no hidden treasure in Chillicothe. We found folks speaking very warmly of the Bridge in the fundraising process as we prepared for this year's race. This bridge holds countless fond memories for local residents. Beyond participating in the race, registrants will also have an option to purchase bricks to help with the restoration.
We are so proud to take part in preserving this beautiful piece of history. You can feel the pride in our city too. As you walk downtown enjoying the pleasant warming spring weather, you will be certain to notice the City Run's brightly colored posters hanging in shop windows.
So help us spread the word. Tell the locals. Old and young, from all different fitness levels, we take them all! And while you're at it, don't forget to tell them about all the fun stuff we will have available on race day. Free goodies at the finish line, live music and entertainment, give-a-ways, bounce houses for the kiddos and more even more surprises sure to come! We're expecting an even greater turn out from last year and we need your help to make it another success. So make sure you register online or show up early on race day, tell your people, and stretch those leg muscles!
Ready? Set, Go!