Cemetery 5K Takes Spooky Route for Runners

Written by on October 25, 2018

Press Release:

Trick or Trot 5K is Batavia Rotary Club’s new fundraiser that should provide some Halloween fun for the area’s runners and walkers.

The race will begin at 6 pm on Saturday, Oct. 27, on Harvester Avenue in front of the Richmond Mausoleum. The course will wind through three historic cemeteries that are nearly contiguous — the Batavia Cemetery, St. Joseph’s Cemetery and Elmwood Cemetery.

“It’s a fun course that will be interesting for runners at dusk on the Saturday before Halloween,” said Rotarian Doug Forsyth, the chief organizer of the event.

The route has been planned so runners stay mostly on paths in the cemeteries, not on public roads. There is also a route for walkers.

Runners are encouraged to wear costumes, but they are not necessary. Runners who wear costumes will be entered into a drawing for special prizes.

Race prizes will be presented to the top three male and female finishers.

To enter, go to www.facebook.com/cemetery5k. Entry fee is $20 in advance, $25 the day of the race. The first 100 entrants will receive a free tee shirt.

Registration on race day will be open from 4:30 to 5:45.

Eli Fish beer will be featured at the finish line along with pizza.

All proceeds will be used by the Batavia Rotary Club for community service projects, such as scholarships to local high school students, veteran services and special youth activities.

Batavia Rotary Club is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, marking a century of “service above self,” the Rotary International motto.

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