Running in the Metroparks

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – Running is the reason most people come to the Metroparks. This is how Carrie Haddix, Executive Director of Metroparks Toledo, discovered her love for the outdoors.

“I’ve been running my whole life,” Haddix told 13abc. “I started running at the Wildwood Metropark when I was a teenager. I came back and started my career here and always raced in the Metroparks.

With hundreds of miles of trails, Haddix says the Metroparks offer runners a real variety of things to see.

“We have 19 parks, and what I love is that you can’t repeat a trail for weeks and weeks,” she says. “You can go to Oak Openings and drive 26 miles of single track track. Or if you prefer something a little more fluid, we have miles and miles of paved trails, both in college parks, the Wabash Cannonball.

You can even train on a 5 km marked trail at the Swan Creek Metropark, funded by a grant from the Toledo Roadrunners.

Tim Carney is the chairman of the Toledo Roadrunners. He told 13abc: “We have over a dozen events a year, which are organized by the Toledo Roadrunners Club. Some are in coordination with the Metroparks. These dozens of events use all of the Metroparks in one way or another.

And a few of those events are happening this weekend, including part of the Under the Moon series.

“It’s a great event,” says Carney. “It will be held in the evening, at night. The trails will be lined with light sticks. It’s pretty fun, people go out and they get dressed and just like to be in the Metroparks at night.

You can find a complete list of Metroparks Toledo events here.

To sign up for Christmas in July Under the Moon 5k for July 25, visit this link.

To find more information and to register for Under the Maumee Moon on August 28, visit here.

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