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The inaugural Space Race challenges Aspiring to the Stars participants

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In Science and Space: Outer space is a vast unknown in many ways.

The event takes place rain or shine from 5pm to 7pm. October 1 at the 0.85-mile Planetary Trail at Observatory Park, 10610 Clay Street – urges all runners, runners and walkers to complete as many laps as possible in these two hours.

But Geauga Park District’s Dark Sky Park aims to reveal some of its mysteries through educational opportunities like the upcoming Space Race.

Participation fee is $20 if paid online by September 1st. $30 or $25 on race day and registration is required.
The Planetary Trail course is a two-hour, chip-timed, synthetic flat surface loop by GCXS Race Timing & Management that will provide interpretive displays focused on each of the planets in the solar system.
Along the route is a glimpse of the base of the Great Pyramid of Giza and a Stonehenge feature.

Wearstler credits the idea to GPD volunteer Jann Glove, who helped with the Astrotots program at Observatory Park. Wearstler added: “I just took the concept of endurance running – running as far as you can in a given amount of time. “However, with our two-hour time limit and maximum distance of 13.6 miles or 16 laps, we’re essentially running multiple races at once.”

He said every 0.85 mile lap takes you away from the Sun. One turn takes you to Mercury, two turns to Venus, three turns to Earth, and more. until you leave the influence of the Sun. The Space Race will be completely self-guided, with participants able to go as long or as short as they like.
A lap (the minimum distance to run for a ribbon) is just under a mile, but 16 possible laps (13.6 miles) is more than half a marathon (13.1 miles), according to the GPD.

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“If I was running a race, I would aim for the halfway mark or beyond,” Wearstler said. “Anyone past the eighth ring and beyond will travel faster than the speed of light, if we measure that distance with the speed of light.” Holly Sauder, GPD special events coordinator, said she hopes participants will enjoy the race and learn a little more about the solar system.

“We also hope attendees will experience Observatory Park if they haven’t already,” Sauder added. “We’ll hold space shows and see the night sky, weather permitting.” The first 250 people to sign up will receive a guaranteed race t-shirt and everyone who completes at least one lap will receive a metal finish plus a distance display ribbon included in the time limit two hours and “lots of gifts” to take home to celebrate their space race experience. The award will go to the top three men and women, according to the GPD. “Whether this becomes an annual event or not, people may be surprised to learn that Observation Park has been open for 10 years, which makes the race a celebration,” Wearstler said. fun, informal park,” says Wearstler.