For those of you who haven’t preregistered: Registration is at Boulder Creek Golf Club (Belmont, MI) tonight from 4-6pm. Register early, we only have approx. 40 headlamps left! See you there! :)
Tomorrow night (Oct. 28th) is The Toga Party for our charity partner Special Olympics Area 11.
Come on down to the BOB and have a good ole’ time with us as we Toga For Special Olympics!
I may even watch “Animal House” this weekend… ;)
Here are the details: http://www.somi-area11.org/
TOGA, TOGA, TOGA!
Have you signed up for The Headless Horseman Chase yet? You have two days before the prices increase!
If you’re interested in helping out with the Headless Horseman Chase, please feel free to send us an email via facebook or click the “volunteer” tab on our website. We need some folks at aid stations as well as at turns in the course. You can even dress up if you’d like!!
The Headless Horseman Chase would like to thank Striders for coming onboard and providing amenities that will make this race more enjoyable for us all.
Check them out for great deals on running and triathlon gear!
Less than two weeks remaining!
The Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon Expo was a blast yesterday! We had a great time talking to all of you who stopped by our booth. We loved hearing all of your running stories and hope to add another positive experience at The Headless Horseman Chase on Oct. 29th.
There are going to be a few small changes to The Headless Horseman Chase for our inaugural year. We aren’t going to be providing totes this year as we were planning. We want to make sure that you all receive plenty of refreshments and goodies so we decided to concentrate our efforts in that area.
We also are going to change the awards scheme slightly. Awards will go to the top 3 male and top 3 female finishers in the 5k. Those participating in the 10-mile race will also receive a keepsake for their achievement.
That being said, we look forward to Oct 29th and want to thank everyone who is participating in the 2011 Headless Horseman Chase. Thank you!!!
On Oct. 28th, our charity partner, Special Olympics Area 11 is having a Toga Party @ The BOB in downtown Grand Rapids.
There are going to be a ton of fun activities!
Greek hors d’oeuvres, a live Greek band and dancing which transitions to a DJ and dance floor later in the evening, and a free souvenir photo booth.
Come out and celebrate the night before The Headless Horseman Chase.
Click here for more info.!
The Headless Horseman Chase would like to welcome Raw Revolution onboard as a food sponsor! They will be providing delicious organic raw bars for a great pre or post -race treat. The bars would also be excellent fuel for those of you running the 10 miler. Raw Revolution offers a vast array of flavors, so you’re sure to find something that you like.
Why eat raw you ask??
“Raw, living foods are clean, and have higher nutrient content than cooked food. Processed foods such as protein isolates and grain based fillers are acidic and cause fermentation in the body. Raw Organic foods are closest to their natural state, bringing us closer to healing ourselves and the global ecology.”
I’ve personally tried a couple of their different flavors…yummy!
Please make sure to check them out!
One cold winter night, early in the New Year, a certain Dutchman left the tavern in Tarrytown and started walking to his home in the hollow nearby. His path led next to the old Sleepy Hollow cemetery where a headless Hessian soldier was buried. At midnight, the Dutchman came within site of the graveyard. The weather had warmed up during the week, and the snow was almost gone from the road. It was a dark night with no moon, and the only light came from his lantern.
The Dutchman was nervous about passing the graveyard, remembering the rumors of a galloping ghost that he had heard at the tavern. He stumbled along, humming to himself to keep up his courage. Suddenly, his eye was caught by a light rising from the ground in the cemetery. He stopped, his heart pounding in fear. Before his startled eyes, a white mist burst forth from an unmarked grave and formed into a large horse carrying a headless rider.
The Dutchman let out a terrible scream as the horse leapt toward him at a full gallop. He took to his heels, running as fast as he could, making for the bridge since he knew that ghosts and evil spirits did not care to cross running water. He stumbled suddenly and fell, rolling off the road into a melting patch of snow. The headless rider thundered past him, and the man got a second look at the headless ghost. It was wearing a Hessian commander’s uniform.
The Dutchman waited a good hour after the ghost disappeared before crawling out of the bushes and making his way home. After fortifying himself with schnapps, the Dutchman told his wife about the ghost. By noon of the next day, the story was all over Tarrytown. The good Dutch folk were divided in their opinions. Some thought that the ghost must be roaming the roads at night in search of its head. Others claimed that the Hessian soldier rose from the grave to lead the Hessian soldiers in a charge up nearby Chatterton Hill, not knowing that the hill had already been taken by the British.
Whatever the reason, the Headless Horseman continues to roam the roads near Tarrytown on dark nights from that day to this.
S. E. Schlosser
Our charity partner, Special Olympics Area 11, is having a TOGA PARTY the night before the run! It is sure to be a great time for an even greater cause.
Here’s a little more info.:
Date: Friday, October 28, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Location: EVE at the B.O.B.
With many thanks to all the volunteers and community support that made it possible, The Festival of Trees Gala, which was a longstanding holiday kick-off within our community, has been retired. Special Olympics Michigan Area 11 is very excited to announce a brand new event with a fun and lively nature that West Michigan will love. This toga party will incorporate fun aspects of Greek culture and, of course, the Olympics!
There are two main components:
Togas are highly encouraged for the costume contest and photo booth! Both Special Olympics Michigan athletes and all members of the community know how to have fun, so let’s do it together. That evening, a limited number of local Special Olympic athlete-created fine art pieces will be sold in a live auction. Other athlete-created art will be featured in an online auction. For many athletes, creating their own works of art will be a new experience and an opportunity to let their undiscovered talents shine in a new arena. The community is invited to participate in this process of art creation during a few soon to be announced lead-up events.
So save the date, get a toga, and Let’s TOGA for Special Olympics, West Michigan!
Sound like fun?? I think so too!
Let’s TOGA on Friday night and chase The Headless Horseman on Saturday night! What a super weekend…. :)
Please visit the website for additional information: http://www.somi-area11.org/