The Crozet Trails Crew will host their annual 5K Run/Walk/Trot trail run Saturday October 12 at Claudius Crozet Park, coinciding with the first day of the fall Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival.
This year the race will be held for the first time on newly opened sections of the Crozet greenway trails system stretching from the Park to Western Ridge subdivision.
The race is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m.; line up will be at 8 a.m. Participants can pre-register for the event by visiting www.crozettrailscrew.org/crozet-trails-day. Registration and/or packet pick up will also be held on Friday, October 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Crozet Library or on the day of the race at the Crozet Park YMCA from 7 to 8 a.m. All registrants will receive the 2013 Race T-shirt designed by a local artist and sponsored by some of our local businesses. The on-line fee is $20 per person; in-person is $25. Registrants for the race will also receive a free pass to the Festival.
“The Crozet Trails Crew, in partnership with Albemarle County, is continuing its tradition of promoting Crozet’s amazing community spirit by physically connecting Crozet’s neighborhoods, retail centers, and schools by means other than shoulder-less roadways and busy county roads,” said CTC leader Jessica Mauzy. “A system of trails and bridges is being built by the volunteer Crew members in an effort to lay tracks that are no less ground breaking than the original railway that opened this little town for business back in 1848. These trails will connect neighborhoods and the people who live and work in them.”
This year’s Crozet Trails Race provides an opportunity to see areas that are not normally open to area residents as a few private property owners have allowed a one-day access to their properties for the run. The CTC also wants to show off the new bridges that span the streams that made running and biking a little challenging in the past.
One of the new bridges will be named in honor of the race’s first place overall winner and prizes will be awarded to the first and second place runners in each age category as well as all children under 14. There will also be a prize drawing for all race registrants at an award ceremony immediately following the race.
For details, visit crozettrailscrew.org/crozet-trails-day.
Jake McDonald is a winner and he has made an impression on the “grown-ups” who are organizing the 2013 Crozet Trail Day 5K race, the Crozet Trail Crew’s key fund raiser. Many individuals and businesses generously donate prizes and paid ads to support the race, which raises money to buy tools and supplies so that the Crew is able to build and maintain Crozet’s trails. Jake, who is five years old, asked that in lieu of presents for his fifth birthday, everyone donate money to help with the trail work. Jake and his mother Marisa came to the Crew’s recent workday to offer his contribution of $50.