Tutu-wearing ladies to 'invade Creekside'
It won't be the ballet, Swan Lake, taking over Gahanna's Creekside at 8:40 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24; it will be women running in the first Lady Tutu 5K and Little Princess Dash.
The event is the idea of Peter Engelbrecht, owner of Speedy Sneakers Racing, a local event timer, management and marketing company.
"It's a new concept," he told ThisWeek. "It's something I've been thinking about. I kind of thought the ladies would take to it, and they have. I think they will enjoy it."
With multiple events throughout central Ohio every weekend, Engelbrecht said, he wanted to create an event that would standout and be special.
He noticed some women who participate in local 5Ks wearing tutus and thought it would make for a great event concept.
"From this, the idea of a tutu event was created," he said. "Tutu-wearing ladies will invade Creekside in a sea of multi-colored tutus."
In addition to the 5K, a Little Princess Dash will be held for girls ages 8 and younger beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Distances will be determined based on the girls' ages. All princesses will receive a tiara, a cotton shirt and a ribbon.
Registration on race day is $40 for the 5K and $20 for the Princess Dash.
Two hundred women already had registered by Aug. 16 for the 5K that's limited to 300 participants.
All 5K participants receive a ladies cut tech shirt and a finishers medal. The top five ladies will receive a free pair of Skechers shoes.
The 5K course is certified and will feature an on-course water station, mile markers and postrace food and beverages.
Engelbrecht said Creekside offers a beautiful location, and the Gahanna Parks & Recreation Department has been very accommodating.
"They're nice to work with, so it was a no-brainer to host it at Creekside," he said.
The event charity is Central Ohio Spina Bifida Alliance.
For more information, go online to ladytutu5k.com.