Tri-C's Autumn Blaze 5K Makes Return


PARMA — Feel the burn at the Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) Autumn Blaze 5K while running past a blazing fire simulator on a new course highlighting the KeyBank Public Safety Training Center at Western Campus.

Proceeds from the one-of-a-kind race benefit Greater Cleveland Community Shares, the United Negro College Fund and United Way of Greater Cleveland. Tri-C launched the event in 2015 as part of its annual giving campaign to benefit the community.

Last year’s race raised $12,000 for the nonprofit agencies. This year’s goal is $15,000.

Tri-C’s fourth annual Autumn Blaze 5K and one-mile fun walk begins at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at Western Campus in Parma. The fast and flat course winds through a fire station and next to a flaming fire simulator on the campus grounds at 11000 Pleasant Valley Road.

Online registration is available at through 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12. Preregistration is $20 for community members or $15 for Tri-C students. All preregistered runners and walkers will receive a winter beanie knit hat.

On-site registration will also be available the day of the run and walk beginning at 8 a.m. at a cost of $25 for community members or $20 for Tri-C students. Hats for day-of registrants will be available as quantities allow.

Awards in the 5K will be given to the top three overall male and female runners and the top three finishers in the following age groups: 11 and younger; 12-14; 15-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; and 65 and older.

Post-race refreshments will be available at the finish line, which more than 300 runners and walkers crossed at last year’s race. The race is being timed by Greater Cleveland XC.

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