Nature Center at Shaker Lakes
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HIKE & RUN
SEPTEMBER 15
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20th Anniversary of Hike & Run

This beloved event benefits environmental education and promotes health and wellness while celebrating the Shaker Parklands. Partial proceeds also support the Jenny Goldman Memorial Nature Outreach Fund, which underwrites our Environmental Educator in Residence program that provides environmental education for hundreds of Cleveland school children each year.

The Hike & Run was created in memory of Jenny Goldman. Jenny was a budding young naturalist who loved and spent a great deal of time at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes as a devoted volunteer. Sadly, Jenny, a Shaker Heights resident, passed in a tragic car accident in 2004. Jenny's wondrous spirit, joy for nature, and dedication to diversity live on through the Jenny Goldman Fund, which underwrites the Environmental Educator in Residence program at the Nature Center.  The program provides free environmental education for under-served urban youth.

Run: 5k or 10k road race with chip timing and awards on a beautiful course around Shaker Lakes. The 1 Mile Run/Walk will be chip-timed and use the streets the of the 5k/10k course

Early Bird pricing now through August 19. Click register for details.
Nature Center members receive $5 off registration.


Packet pick-up: Friday, September 13 3pm-6pm at the Nature Center and Saturday, September 14 12pm-3pm at the Wine Spot.

Race Day Parking: S. Park Blvd. Overflow parking is at Shaker Heights Admin Bldg, 15600 Parkland Drive, Shaker Heights. Shuttle Provided.

Marathons Cleveland
HIKE

Hike Options
1-2 Mile Family Friendly Hike
4 Mile Rim of the Gorge Hike
5-6 Mile Gorge Hike
5 Mile Four Lakes Historical Hike
1-2 Mile Shaker Parklands Hike

For hike descriptions, see below.

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RUN

5K & 10K Race
1 Mile Family Fun Run

5K & 10K Start at 8:30AM
1 Mile at 8:35AM
Hikes at 8:45AM

Hike, Run & Fun
VOLUNTEER

Sunday, September 15 from 6:45am-12:00pm with 2 and 3 hour shifts available!

Volunteers are needed to assist with the Hike and Run!

Many of our volunteer positions start at 8:15am. Volunteer positions include hike sweeps (these volunteers walk behind the hikers, and keep the group together), route monitor volunteers, and water station volunteers. We also have other volunteer positions that start at 6:45am such as registration assistants and wayfinders.

Please check back for volunteering opportunities, or email sabin@shakerlakes.org if you are interested in learning more!

Sponsorships

HIKE DESCRIPTIONS

1-2 Mile Family Friendly Hike
Led by the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes (NCSL). Register for a casual stroll along the Nature Center’s Stearn's Trail and Southerly Park to take in all the beauty of the outdoor features of NCSL. For this special hike, leashed pets are welcome on Nature Center trails! Approximate time: 45 minutes, includes some accessible areas, but dirt trails and stairs are to be expected. Approx 1-2 miles. Difficulty: Easy

Children under 2 are free. Children 10 to 12 years old are $20. 12 years and older $25 until August 19.

4 Mile Rim of the Gorge Hike
Led by the Cleveland Hiking Club. Explore some of the lesser known trails in the area on this moderate hike around the rim of the Doan Brook Gorge. Look down and enjoy sweeping views of the gorge. A bit of history retained in some of the remains of past uses will be noted. Approximate time: 2-2.5 hours, varied terrain. 3-5 miles. Difficulty: moderate.

Not recommended for children under 10. Children 10 to 12 years old are $20.

5-6 Mile Gorge Hike
Led by NCSL. Challenge yourself with this difficult hike, which spans Doan Brook between the Nature Center and the Graffiti Dam just north and west of MLK Blvd. After going around Lower Lake and crossing Coventry Rd, we will follow the trails closest to Doan Brook, passing many historical points along the way. Hikers will climb small hills, negotiate tree roots, loose rocks, and low-hanging branches, so good hiking boots, hiking poles, and above all, good balance are recommended! Explore this beautiful trail, where you can hardly believe that heavily traveled roads are only a few dozen feet away. Approximate time: 2 1/2 – 3 hours, varied terrain. 4-6 miles. Difficulty: strenuous.

Not recommended for children under 10. Children 10 to 12 years old are $20. 12 years and older $25 until August 19.

1-2 Mile Shaker Parklands Hike
Led by Dr. Roy Larick. Join us for a guided hike through the wooded area east of and across the street from the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes. This part of the Shaker Parklands follows the North Branch of the Doan Brook offering scenic views of the stream. Hikers will navigate about 1 mile of winding, uneven, unimproved paths, and low-hanging branches during this short, but moderate hike. Approximate time: 1 1/2 hours, varied terrain. 1-2 miles. Difficulty: moderate.

Due to terrain, best for ages 10+. Children 10 to 12 years old are $20. 12 years and older $25 until August 19.

Fundraising

FUNDRAISING

Registering for a hike or a race? Passionate about our mission? Help raise critical funds for the Nature Center by setting up a personal fundraising page. 100% of donations to your personal fundraiser will benefit our environmental education programs and public trails.


Setup is simple and easy: create your personal fundraising page during registration, then share with friends, family, and across social media to start raising funds that will support the Nature Center's mission!


To express our thanks, are offering special incentives for those who raise funds through their personal fundraising page:
-Raise $100+ and we will refund your entry fee.
-Raise $250+ and earn a Nature Center hat or water bottle and refunded entry fee.
-Raise $500+ and earn a Hike & Run sweatshirt, a hat or water bottle, and refunded entry fee.
-Raise $1,000+ and earn a pair of tickets to the annual Nature Center Benefit, a Hike & Run sweatshirt, a hat or water bottle, and refunded entry fee.