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Weekend: Hit the trails

Grab your running shoes and get ready for the Hancock Park District’s fifth annual Flirt with Dirt 5K race and walk.
This year’s event will be held on Saturday, July 12, with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. inside Brugeman Lodge at Riverbend Recreation Area. Riverbend Recreation Area is located on Township 208, off Ohio 568 east of Findlay.
There is an $18 registration fee due by June 27 to ensure a T-shirt. Registration after June 27 and on race day will cost $25. T-shirts will be available while supplies last.
The race starts at 8:30 a.m. in the Meadows area, and the walk immediately follows.
The race is part of Trail Runner Magazine’s National Trail Running Trophy Series again this year. If there is inclement weather, there will be an alternate course.
Go to www.bvhealthsystem.org and click on “Sign up today — 5th Annual Flirt with Dirt” or click on the Flirt with Dirt logo for online registration. Online registration forms, the preferred race trail map, and brochure can be found at the Blanchard Valley Health System’s website and at www.hancockparks.com.
Blanchard Valley Hospital Rehab & Sports Medicine along with a variety of local sponsors are teaming up for this year’s event. The goals are to promote community health and wellness, expose residents to the park district, provide much-needed funding to their designated charities, and demonstrate positive community collaboration among small businesses and organizations in Hancock County for the benefit of residents.
For more information about other upcoming programs, view the park district’s program guide at www.HancockParks.com under the “What’s New” section or call the office at 419-425-7275.

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