Annual Shaker Lakes event is for runners and hikers of all ages
Each fall, the annual Shaker Lakes Hike, Run & Explore event at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes brings together participants of all ages and abilities. Runners, hikers and nature enthusiasts all can take part in the 5K, 10K, guided nature hikes and adventure activities. The Sept. 17 event benefits the Nature Center’s environmental educational programs, and promotes health and wellness while celebrating the Shaker parklands.
The races will start at 9 a.m., and awards are presented to top finishers in age groups ranging from under 10 to 70 and older.
As in prior years, race organizers expect hundreds of participants, and invite friends and families to cheer and encourage them along the tree-lined course, and gather at the finish line with congratulations.
Non-runners can sign up for one of the many guided hikes that will explore local habitats. Guides from the Nature Center and the Cleveland Hiking Club will provide information on the history of the surrounding area, as well as insight into the plants, birds and animals that live here. New this year is a five-mile hike around four Shaker Lakes that will explore the history of the Shakers and the Shaker parklands. All hikes depart the Nature Center at 8:45 a.m.
After the races and hikes, participants are invited to enjoy crafts, archery and tree climbing until 2 p.m. The event also features food, beverages and a beer garden all day.
The cost to register for a race is $20 before Sept. 4; $25 before Sept. 14; and $30 the day of the race.
Guided nature hikes are $20 per person; $10 for those 12 and younger, scouts, and school club members.
For more information, and to register, visit www.shakerlakes.org.
Kimberly Dyer is a 24-year Heights resident, a wife and mother of three, and an enthusiastic volunteer and Nature Center board member.