What better way to celebrate Earth Day than with your feet? You’ll run through historic Gambier and some of Ohio’s most scenic countryside on the expertly-maintained Kokosing Gap Trail. The Earth Day Challenge is a fully staffed and supported event with security, medical and aid stations. While you’re pushing your body, we’ll be treating it right; the aid stations and post-race spread will be chock full of nutritious and delicious foods and beverages.
Celebrate Earth Day by running one of most stunning half marathon courses in Ohio. The first four miles of the course traverse the campus of Kenyon College, among the most picturesque colleges in the nation, and the tiny village of Gambier. Runners will then enter the expertly maintained Kokosing Gap Trail, running through the Brown Family Environmental Center and along the Kokosing State Scenic River before finishing back at the Kenyon Athletic Center.
Not up for a half marathon but still want in on the action? Join our 4-mile run that runs the same course as the half marathon but ends after the loop through Kenyon College and Gambier.
The half marathon course is USATF certified, is well marked, is supported with aid-stations at least every two miles, is staffed with bike-mounted and stationary first-aid marshals, and has portable restrooms at several locations. Our amazing volunteers will be assisted by Kenyon security officers and local law enforcement to control traffic and keep runners as safe as possible as they enjoy the run. Parking near the athletic center is ample and free.
In keeping with Earth Day, finisher and event awards are useful and reusable. All finishers will earn an Earth Day Challenge mug (pre-washed by our volunteers!) that you can fill with warm or cold beverages at the post race spread. And after you drink your fill, you can fill the mug with a tree to plant when you get back home! The top three male and female runners overall and age-group winners will earn an Earth Day Challenge running hat. All runners will be able to check how they did at the post-race party immediately after the event using a real-time results kiosk and awards will be distributed on the spot!
All proceeds from this event sponsor local outdoor fitness initiatives, such as trail runs, cycling events, and children’s programs.
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All our proceeds benefit local outdoor fitness initiatives, such as trail runs, cycling events, and children’s programs.