Time is running out to pre-register for Saturday’s inaugural Run 4 the Downtown Greenway. More than 200 runners, including Greensboro City Council Member at-large Robbie Perkins, have pre-registered for the event, which will include an 8K and 1-Mile Walk/Run.
“The Downtown Greenway is an important part of transportation and wellness in Greensboro. Once complete, it will be a transportation link for the City and help spur economic development for the downtown area,” said Perkins. “I can’t wait until I’m 60 years old and can run and bike the entire loop.”
Perkins is a graduate of Duke University and holds two track and field records in the 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter events. He declared his intent earlier this week to compete in the race to support the Greenway.
The Run 4 the Greenway 8K and 1-Mile Walk/Run will begin at 5:30 pm and 5:00 pm respectively in Center City Park. The 8K, nearly a five-mile course, will feature an urban loop following the Greenway detour route and through the first constructed phase of the Greenway. An after party in Center City Park will include children’s activities, live music, and food for all.
Online pre-race registration will remain open until noon on Thursday, September 9. Registration for the 8K is $30 and $15 for the 1-Mile Walk/Run, with free registration for children 12 and under. All proceeds benefit the Maintenance Endowment Fund for the Greenway.
Runners pre-registered for Saturday’s event can pick up their race packets at Premier Commercial Bank (701 Green Valley Road, Suite 102, Lake Point Building) on Friday, September 10 from 11 am–6 pm.
If you are not running in the race, many volunteers are needed to help on the day of the race. There are many different jobs during the race—something for every age and skill level. Please pitch in and show your support! There is something for everyone!
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Judy Morton by email or phone 336.379.0821 at Action Greensboro.
See, hear, and share the word about the Downtown Greenway! Check out our newly released informational video, and feel free to share it with future Greenway enthusiasts! Watch here!
Sign up now for the Run 4 the Greenway with choices of an 8K and a 1-Mile Walk/Run on Saturday, September 11. There will be music, entertainment, food, and beverages for all at Greensboro’s Center City Park. Proceeds go to the Maintenance Endowment for the Downtown Greenway.
Action Greensboro announced today that The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded the Downtown Greenway a grant of $100,000 as a part of its Mayor’s Institute on City Design 25th Anniversary Initiative (MICD 25). From more than 200 applicants across the country, the Greenway project was selected as one of 21 grants totaling $3 million.
A drop-in public meeting will be held on Thursday, July 29 from 12:00–2:00 pm and 5:00–7:00 pm at the old bingo hall (421 West Smith Street) to receive public comments on the functional design for Phase 3 of the Downtown Greenway.
Artist Juan Logan begins work on Grounded Here, the piece commissioned to commemorate the important history of Ashe Street and the Warnersville community.
Artist Brower Hatcher completes work on The Gateway of the Open Book Cornerstone. This piece includes Brower’s framework with embedded items created by local artist Frank Russell in collaboration with students from the Warnersville neighborhood, Jones Elementary School, and Smith High School. This piece will be stored in Rhode Island until the site is ready for installation, which is expected in Fall 2010.
An 8k Run, a 1-Mile Walk/Run, and an after party at Center City Park will be held on Saturday, September 11 to raise awareness of and support the Downtown Greenway. The route will begin and end at Center City Park, follow the Greenway detour route, and include the currently open section. Registration for the event will be open in mid-July, so stay tuned for more information!
The 2010 Greensboro city budget includes $1,482,196 allocated for the Downtown Greenway, which allows for the construction of Phase 1A and the Eugene Street Pedestrian Refuge Island, as well as continued design work on the remaining sections of the Greenway. This 2010 budget is a partial allocation of the $7 million in funds approved by voters for the Greenway in the 2008 Street Improvement Bonds.