New Date: TBD - TENTATIVELY MID-JULY
After careful consideration of the current events surrounding the growing impact of COVID-19 and following directives from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Public Health we have made the difficult decision to postpone the Harper Classic. Thus, the race will NOT be held Saturday, April 18th, 2020. Our primary concern is the safety of our participants, race volunteers, and community!
This is not a surrender; we are temporarily falling back to regroup. The mission will go on!
We fully intend to reschedule the Harper Classic for a later date this summer. Since experts do not yet have estimates for how long this public health issue will last (thus how long we will be advised to avoid large gatherings), we cannot confidently reschedule a date at this time, but hope for mid-July. We will continue to follow the advice of public health officials and continue to work hard as we plan for what has become one of the premiere events in the area.
Personally, this has been an emotionally difficult decision to make. Brad was a close friend and the Semper Fi Fund literally has saved my life, but I feel it’s our social and moral responsibility to contribute to the COVID-19 solution. Ultimately it places the health and safety of individuals in our community, above all else. This includes the more than 300 disappointed loyal (and new) participants and friends that have been looking forward to honoring Brads legacy of a Life of Service by helping us give back to those communities that Brad was passionate about.
With those thoughts in mind, the Harper Classic has been temporarily postponed. We’ve identified Three options for participants to continue their Harper Classic experience:
1. Postponement: Join us on our new weekend later this summer. We will automatically transfer your entry over to the new date. We will post updated information as it becomes available. Registration will remain open leading up to the new date.
2. Virtual Race: Complete the Harper Classic on your own, Submit your results online through RunSignUp and receive your Finishers Medal and Shirt shortly after the Harper Classic takes place later this summer. Registration will remain open leading up to the new date.
3. Donation: You can convert your registration to a donation. It will be used to help to continue Brads legacy of a Life of Service by supporting the Tri-Valley Endowment Brad Harper Scholarship and the Semper Fi Fund.
We ask that you select the option that fits you best by April 18, 2020 so we can begin planning for our tentative July date accordingly.
We have a no refund policy. However, we realize this is an unprecedented time and the above three options may not work for everyone. Before requesting a refund, please remember our organization donates our time and services for this event so that as many funds as possible go to the organizations it supports. Our funds are vital to the on-going health of our organization and our partner organizations. If you feel you have extenuating circumstances, please contact the email below
We appreciate your patience through this process, and we will continue to keep our participants informed as we move forward. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me personally at the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org I hope you have a great week and stay safe
Nick Beach - Race Director - Harper Classic
Join us Saturday, April 18th for the Harper Classic 8k (5mi.) and 5k memorial run/walk at Tri-Valley High School in Dresden Ohio. This annual event honors the life of Sgt. Brad Harper who sacrificed his life August 3rd 2005 while serving his country in Iraq. Participants will also have the opportunity to view the Eyes of Freedom Memorial that honors Brad and all of Ohio based Lima Company 3/25 that lost their lives while serving.
WHEN / WHERE:
Saturday, April 18th
Tri-Valley High School- 46 E. Muskingum Ave. Dresden Ohio 43821
The Race will start and finish at the High School
PLEASE NOTE* This is a new venue than in years past.
Both 5k and 8k (5mi.) Participants will start at the High School and follow the tree lined Dresden Bike trail along the river for the first 3/4 mile where they will them briefly follow Main St.. The 8k Participants will continue out Dresden road where they will again pick up the bike trail before retuning back into town and picking up the 5k Course where both routes continue together and follow several Dresden Village Streets offering that Home town feel before once again returning back to the High School to the finish.There will also be a kids race free of charge in front of the High School before the 8k Start.
If you can’t make it sign up for the Virtual Run, show you support by running on your own and we will send you a Race Shirt in the mail.
PLEASE NOTE* This is the same Route we have used in the past except we are starting at a different location on the route.
5K Run / Walk-10:15am
8k Race - This is a Timed Competitive Event Participants will be eligible for Overall and Age group awards
5k Race - This is a Timed Competitive Event Participants will be eligible for Overall and Age group awards
5k Fun Run/Walk - This is a Non-Timed Event, Participants will not eligible for awards. Those that want to be eligible for Awards should sign up for the 5k - Race.
Awards will be issued to the Top three overall male/female finishers in both the 5k Race and 8k Race. Age Group awards will also be issued to the top three finishers in each category: 14-under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-59, 70+
Results will be published on our website at www.muskingummultisports.com following the conclusion of the race.
RACE PACKETS & FINISH-LINE PERKS:
Your race packet will include a Unisex Moisture wicking Tech T-shirt with the official race logo, finish line food and beverage.
All participates registered by April 9th are guaranteed a Race T-shirt. Extra T-shirts will be first come first serve on race day.
1) Print and mail the entry form to P.O. Box 414 Dresden Oh. 43821 A printable entry is available at the top of this page.
2) Register online here.
3) Register on race day or pick up your race packet starting at 8:30am.
ENTRY FEES:Add $5.00 to your entry for Race Day registration.
8k Race - $30 - through April 9th – Late Entry $35 April 10th to race day
5k Race - $30 - through April 19th – Late Entry $35 April 10th to race day
5k Fun Run/Walk (Non-Timed) - $30 - through April 9th – Late Entry $35 April 10th to race day
Virtual Run $30 - through April 18th – Includes Race Shirt and Shipping
Kids race - Free
All proceeds will benefit the Brad Harper Memorial scholarship fund and the Semper Fi Fund
For any questions please contact us at (740) 819-9300
EVENT POSTPONED - MOVED TO JULY