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Outdoor enthusiasts have good times ahead

OUR CITY

Tom Rowland Cleveland Mayor
Posted 5/17/18

Yes, 1,500 pounds of recyclable material is an impressive number. That’s how much throwaway material was collected last year at the Cleveland Recycles 5K. Because of that single, one-day event, …

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Outdoor enthusiasts have good times ahead

OUR CITY

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Yes, 1,500 pounds of recyclable material is an impressive number. That’s how much throwaway material was collected last year at the Cleveland Recycles 5K. Because of that single, one-day event, 1,500 pounds of material was recycled into something else, and did not go to a landfill or end up as litter.

That’s just one of the good causes that inspires many of the great people who live here to get outside and run, walk or bicycle.

The fourth annual Cleveland Recycles 5K will be here soon, on June 9. Let’s see if we can top last year’s 1,500 pounds.

In the meantime, there’re many other reasons to be outdoors in Cleveland. The past few weeks have had plenty of events and there’s more to come!

The annual Relay For Life will be held Saturday at Cleveland High School. This is the main fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. For that reason alone, it is a special day for many of us to participate and to remember a loved one, friend or colleague, and to celebrate the many cancer survivors in our midst.

We have already had many good days in our city this spring. Last weekend’s Cleveland Half Marathon included hundreds of runners and a crowd of spectators. Earlier this spring, Lee University’s 65 Roses 5K brought a large crowd downtown.

Our city is a great place to run, jog or walk for fitness and health, and to support a good cause. We have several outlets for these activities. The Cleveland Recycles 5K begins and ends at First Street Square, allowing participants to see downtown close up. The half marathon was downtown. The Relay For Life will be at Cleveland High School.

Many other events through the rest of the year will take advantage of the Cleveland/Bradley Greenway and Greenway Park, where sound and lighting equipment has just been added to the stage.

Charitable events, plus community gatherings like the First Friday music series at the Courthouse Plaza this summer, are bringing more people downtown after business hours.

Each of these events and others not only bring local folks outdoors, but introduce our city to many different people. Some of our city’s events, like the MainStreet Cruise-In, have become traditional summer crowd pleasers. And more are being added each year, such as the recent BaCON Festival.

 This Saturday, an event is planned for area motorcycle enthusiasts, beginning at 9 a.m.  at Applebee’s on Paul Huff Parkway. Bikers can register at 9 a.m., then it’s “kickstands up” at 10 a.m. for a beautiful, scenic ride which includes a stop at the Emergency Services Memorial Wall at Five Points, and concludes at Applebee’s around 11:30 a.m.  Area first responders will be on the site from around 11:30 to 1 p.m., with emergency vehicles on display for young and old alike. It’s a family event planned with an auction of items.

Registration is $25 for bikers. Any monies made on the ride and the auction items, which are located at Applebee’s,  will go to Cleveland 100, a nonprofit organization designed to provide financial services to families of first responders who lost their lives in the line of duty.

The event is coordinated by the Bradley/Meigs Roughnecks Motorcycle Club members and open to any motorcycle enthusiasts. It benefits a great group of men and women who make up our emergency services agencies in this community.

Meanwhile, our planning continues for an even more dynamic Cleveland citywide for visitors and residents alike.

We are “The City With Spirit” for good times and good causes, year-round.

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