Bridging the Distance
On Sunday, August 12th, Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation (OBCDC) will hold the third annual Bridging the Distance 5K/1mi Run/Walk. The race starts and ends at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s Palava Hut (near the Zoo entrance) and goes across the Fulton Bridge as part of the course. OBCDC encourages everyone to come, get some exercise and have a great time.
To sign up for the race, go to www.hermescleveland.com. Registration is available the day of the race starting at 7:30 a.m.; however, participants need to register by August 1st to be guaranteed a t-shirt. Registration fees includes free admission to the Zoo for the runners/walkers and their families.
The Bridging the Distance race was created to bring the community together and highlight the Old Brooklyn and Brooklyn Centre neighborhoods. This year’s race is special because it is part of Brooklyn Centre’s Bicentennial celebration. Their festivities will start on Friday, August 10th, at the Brooklyn Centre Community Orchard (3333 Louisiana Ave.) at 8 p.m., where there will be music, stories and a bonfire.
Bridging the Distance kicks off the day on Sunday, August 12th; there will also be a parade at 1:30 p.m. beginning at Riverside Cemetery and a community picnic from 3 to 6 p.m. at W. C. Reed Park (W. 15th St. and Denison Ave.) Race participants are encouraged to stay and enjoy the Zoo, the parade, and the picnic.
People of all ages are invited to participate in the Bridging the Distance race; there will be awards for runners ten years through over sixty nine years. Proceeds from the race help support OBCDC programs and initiatives such as Pop UP Pearl, the Wings & Things Cook-off and the community picnic.
OBCDC also assists homeowners who need to make home repairs; purchases, rehabs and sells vacant homes; helps businesses that want to expand or open in Old Brooklyn; and supports a Neighborhood Watch program.
This year’s Bridging the Distance sponsors are: Key Bank, Memphis Fulton Shopping Center, Hudec Dental, Dollar Bank, Constellation Schools, Healthy Start, Honey Hut Ice Cream Shoppe, St. Leo the Great Parish School, Attorney Roger M. Bundy, Northcoast Promotions, Kehoe Brothers Printing, Gabe’s Family Restaurant, Fred’s Breads, M & M Wintergreens, and Third Federal Savings & Loan. Councilman Kevin Kelley, Councilman Anthony Brancatelli, and Councilman Joe Cimperman are also important partners.
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