Tuesday, June 23, 2015

AkRun & Crawl Recap

Photos by OHventures and Zipper City Blog

The 9th Annual TorchbearersAkRun & Crawl was held on Saturday May 30, 2015. The event was “Remixed” this year and held in the Merriman Valley, Akron. This high-energy event kicked off with a 5K that started from the front of BCG & Co. Runners were taken along the scenic Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.

The rain stayed at bay while the run was taking place, and everyone got to enjoy the beautiful weather and scenery afforded by the Merriman Valley. With thoughts of cold adult beverages, cheers from volunteers and beats from DJ Garrick Black, all of the runners made their way across the finish line. The athletes’ efforts were rewarded with delicious Nooma drinks and bananas and water (provided by Giant Eagle) to help with their recovery before moving on to the next phase of the night.

Those that were able and willing made their ways down from the finish line to the first of three bars for the crawl. The participants were given special custom mugs that gave them drink specials for the night. Johnny J’s provided free (and delicious) burgers, hot dogs and sides. From the first stop, Johnny J’s Pub, participants crawled to Shot’s and then Woody’s Tavern.

This year’s AkRun & Crawl event brought in a record high number of registrations (281)! A big thank you definitely goes out to the event co-chairs, Patrick Bravo and Michael Evans. 

Race Directors Patrick Bravo and Michael Evans

Additional thanks goes to the people that helped make the rest of the event go smoothly: the TB Events Committee, Brandon Pauley for coordinating the water stops, Jocelyn Grant for heading up the registration, Michael Wilson for the event communications & artwork, Brian Berg for the coordination of the Crawl part of the night, Katie Kline being in charge of the awards, Nolan James for the sponsorships, and Kat Pestian and Leighann Fink as the events committee chairs. 

Torchbearers looks forward to seeing everyone at next year’s 10th Annual Torchbearers AkRun & Crawl!

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