Run, ride or drive for the parks

Saturday’s fundraiser for the Seneca County Park District is adding a new event. In addition to the annual 5K Prediction Run/Walk, the bike ride and the car show, a motorcycle poker run is to highlight the district’s parks.

The poker run takes place in the afternoon after the run/walk and bicycle tour. Registration for all events is in the log cabin at Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve, 6777 SR 19, Bloomville.

The first motorcycle is to leave Garlo preserve at noon and the last bike by 2:30 p.m.

Registration is $15.

Dan Mason said riders can pick up a card at each of the county parks. The best four poker hands at the end of the ride win cash prizes.

“It’s another way to promote the parks,” he said. “I just thought we’d try to get a different group of people here and show them where the parks are. And the bikers like to do that sort of thing.”

The day begins in the morning with registration for Prediction Run and Park-to-Park Bike Tour 7-8:30 a.m.

The eighth annual run/walk starts at 9 a.m. and takes place without the use of watches. Each participant guesses how long it will take him or her to finish the 5K run.

Mason said the course includes two loops around Olgierd Lake, across a footbridge and over the dike on a grassy surface through the scenic nature preserve.

The 20 participants who predict their time closest to their actual finish time receive an award.

The Park-to-Park Bike Ride is in its second year. Choices this year are a 15-mile ride to some of the district parks, or a 62-mile ride that highlights all the parks.

Last year, bicyclists visited each park as they rode by, but this year they are cycling past each park until they reach Steyer Nature Preserve.

Mason said riders get a break at the 40-mile mark before they start the final phase.

“The last 20 miles is a lot more difficult, so they’re going to be tired when they get back (to Garlo),” he said.

For rider safety, helmets are required and riders are asked to take along a cell phone in case of an emergency or in case roadside assistance is needed.

Registration for the run and the bike ride are $20 each and includes T-shirts as long as supplies last.

For more information on either of the bike events, call Mason at (419) 618-6536 or Matt Miller at (419) 448-4388.

“The biggest event of the day is the car show,” Mason said.

In its third year, the Country Cruise Show is open to all make, models and years. Cars and motorcycles are welcome.

Show hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Garlo preserve.

Registration is $10 per vehicle, and owners may register 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dash plaques are provided with registration, and awards are to given at 3 p.m.

New this year is an award for the vehicle chosen by park district volunteers as their favorite.

During the car show, other activities include a 50/50 drawing, free wagon rides through the preserve, food, fishing, music, hiking and tours of the log houses.

For more information on the car show, call Gary Mason (419) 937-2865.