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Running spree jogs into third year

Published: May 28, 2017 12:00 AM

Beginning June 1, the third annual Metro Parks Running Spree will include a number of natural-surface and paved trails for beginning, intermediate and advanced runners that can be completed for credit.

But don't worry: You don't have to be speedy to earn spree rewards. "The Running Spree is not a race," assured Summit Metro Parks spokesperson Nathan Eppink. "It's meant to encourage our visitors to be outside and get exercise. You can run, jog or walk-run on the trails. Your time, your form none of that matters."

Each who finishes at least six runs on any combination of select trails by Aug. 31 will earn a wooden race medal on a commemorative ribbon. Eppink said the medals are similar to those offered by the Akron Marathon Race Series, and the spree is a great way to train for the June, August and September events.

Forms will be available starting Memorial Day weekend at runningspree.summitmetroparks.org, at several Metro Parks locations and all Acme Fresh Market stores in Summit County. Rewards for the spree are free to Summit County residents. Out-of-county residents will pay $10 for their rewards.

For more information, visit the website or call 330-865-8065.

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