Canal Winchester is adding two new events to the community calendar this year with the Courage, Conquer and Cure 5K and the Backyard Barber-Q, both on Saturday, Sept. 29.
Registration for Courage, Conquer and Cure will open at 7:15 a.m. Sept. 29, with the race beginning at 8 a.m. This event will benefit breast cancer research and is being sponsored by residents and breast cancer survivors, Jodi Brown and Angie Abel.
"We're expecting over 500 people to participate in the race and walk," Mayor Michael Ebert said. "The city is proud to provide the venue for this event, as I believe it hits close to home for all of us. Hopefully, with the funds raised from this event, we'll help stamp out breast cancer forever."
The race will benefit the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at the OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center-The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.
Participants in the race will run and walk over the Bergstresser/Dietz Bridge, the last covered bridge still standing in Franklin County. The race route will be closed at 7:45 a.m. and will remain closed until the race participants have all finished each leg of the race, with streets reopening behind them, Ebert said.
At Stradley Place, the band the Hot Pink Racers will perform an eclectic mix of music. Band members include Joe Cygan, husband of former 10TV anchor Heather Pick, who succumbed to breast cancer in 2008.
Following the Courage, Conquer and Cure celebration, the first Backyard Barber-Q cookout will start at noon at Stradley Place, in support of the National Barbershop Museum, which is located in Canal Winchester.
"Each year, the operating expense continues to climb, so we need to raise additional funds to keep the museum operating," Ebert said. "The National Barber Museum houses some of the most rare barbering artifacts and tools dating back 300-400 years. It has attracted people from around the world."
The Barber-Q will feature pulled pork sandwiches, hotdogs and sides, as well as desserts and drinks, ranging in price from $3 to $10 per meal. All proceeds will go to benefit the museum, Ebert said.
"Anyone buying dinner will be given a free tour of the museum, so it's a pretty good deal," he said. "We're hoping for about 250 people at the Barber-Q. The band Prism will play from 1 to 5 p.m. for entertainment."
Annual memberships to the National Barber Museum are $35 per family, $20 individual and $10 for seniors.
More information about these events can be found at destinationcw. org/courageconquercure.html and at nationalbarbermuseum.org.