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Louisville is “Lovin’ the Hills” at Jefferson Memorial Forest

Tuesday January 23, 2007

Annual 50k and 15-mile Trail Races Take Place on Feb. 17

On Saturday, February 17, Metro Parks and the Cherokee Road Runners are bringing the fourth annual “Louisville’s Lovin’ the Hills” 50K trail run and second annual 15-mile run/hike to Jefferson Memorial Forest.  This rugged race, which draws high-endurance athletes from across the nation, requires participants to navigate rolling hills, rocks, roots, and occasional fallen trees in the nation’s largest municipal urban forest.

“We are delighted to have Cherokee Road Runners return for another successful event at the nation’s largest municipal urban forest,” said Mike Heitz, director of Metro Parks.  “This event is an excellent demonstration of how to stay fit through the winter months with your Metro Parks.”

Both races begin at 8 a.m. at the Forest’s Horine Conference Center, located at 12304 Holsclaw Hill Road, and contestants must cross the finish line no later than 6 p.m.  There is a $50 fee for all entries received before February 9; the fee is $60 after that time.  All racers will receive awards for completing the contest. Overall male and female winners will receive special awards.  First aid and water stations will be located at several points along the route.  For registration information and more details on the event, visit http://www.memorialforest.com or contact Joan Wood at jwoodzz@aol.com.  Participants must be at least 18 years of age.

Cherokee Road Runners is a recreational running club for racers, joggers and walkers. Its purpose is to promote running and walking in the Louisville area for the benefit of good health and camaraderie. Cherokee Road Runners directs races ranging from 3,000 meters to 50K throughout the year.  To learn more about the organization visit www.cherokeeroadrunners.org.

The Jefferson Memorial Forest is the largest of Louisville’s Metro Parks, offering 6,191 acres of beautiful woodlands and a wide variety of public nature programs throughout the year.  Visit www.memorialforest.com to learn more about the forest.