Put on your favorite patriotic and presidential garb and run or walk the Presidents’ Day 5K on Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums to raise money for Hayes Presidential.
The Fremont Elite Runners Club is organizing the first Presidents’ Day 5K, which begins at 10 a.m. Registration is at 9 a.m. in the museum auditorium.
Pre-registration is available online at www.fremonteliterunnersclub.com/events/presidents-day-5k/. Pre-registration costs $25, and day-of registration costs $30. Those who preregister will receive a race T-shirt in the size they prefer.
The race, which is 5 kilometers or 3.1 miles, begins at the entrance to the museum and will follow a course in the area. Prizes will be awarded for first-place finishers in the men’s and women’s categories and for the best costume.
All participants will receive a presidential-themed gift. Refreshments will be served in the auditorium. Race participants can tour the Hayes Home and museum for a $2 discount the day of the race.
This race was formerly the Jingle Bell Run, which took place in December at Hayes Presidential. The runners club decided to change up the timing and make the run a Presidents’ Day weekend event instead.
The Fremont Elite Runners Club donates proceeds from this event to Hayes Presidential, as it did in the past with the Jingle Bell Run.
“The Fremont Elite Runners Club has been so generous to us by donating back race proceeds from the Jingle Bell Run,” said Hayes Presidential Director of Development, Sue Berryman. “We are excited to partner with them this year for the first President’s Day Run. In the past, many runners dressed in Christmas costumes. I can’t wait to see the presidential costumes this year.”
On the morning of the run, the main entrance to Spiegel Grove will be closed from 9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The Jefferson Gate off Hayes Avenue will instead be used for vehicle traffic during that time.
The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues.
For more information, call 419-332-2081 or visit www.rbhayes.org.