Run the Riffles, September 28th, 2019

Event Schedule

  • 9:00-10:30 a.m. ~ Mill Creek Mile Fun Run (5K Run/Walk, registration required/$20)

    • Location: Mill Creek Greenway Trail-head, 4336 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45223

    • The Mill Creek Mile is a 3 mile scenic fun run along the Mill Creek Greenway Trail starting and ending at Salway Park in Spring Grove Village. This flat course will start at the northern section of the park at Laughing Brook with the course hugging the greenway trail and heading south along the banks of Mill Creek. At the Ludlow overpass, approximately 1 ¼ mile down the trail, participants turn around and return back to Salways Park where after completing a lap of Salway, finish the course at the Mill Creek Greenway Trail-head next to Old Timber Inn. Over the course you will be able to see some of the restoration projects in the creek as well as some of the installation’s along the trail. These include the constructed riffles that mitigate the low head dam that cuts across Mill Creek, the edible forest garden located on the banks of Mill Creek at Freedom Tree, and the beautifully restored riparian zone along Salway Park.

  • 11:00-12:30 a.m. ~ Mill Creek Mile Fun Paddle (Kayak Race, registration required/$20)

    • Location: Mill Creek Greenway Trail-head, 4336 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45223

    • An around-the-buoys paddle race on the flat water between the Salway riffles. Start at the gate at river mile 5.18, paddle upstream and turn at a buoy (mile 5.30) just below the upstream riffle, paddle down to a buoy (mile 4.62) just up from the downstream riffle, then paddle back up to the main Salway access (mile 4.78). Participants bring their own kayak, paddle, PFD.

  • 1:00-2:30 p.m. ~ Paddle the Mill Creek-Mini Urban stream adventure
    (In our boats or yours, registration required/FREE)

    • Location: Park, 4336 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45223

    • A "mini" Urban Stream Adventure paddling the Mill Creek from Salway to Yellow Bridge. Put-in at Salway main ramp, paddle down to Yellow Bridge (~1.3 mile), with exact take out to be determined. 

      The trip back to Salway would be in the MCA van (thanks for offering Katie). We can also suggest people walk or bike ride back on the Greenway trail.

  • 1:00-2:30 p.m. ~ Urban Hike along the Mill Creek (FREE)

    • Location: Salway Park, 4520 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45223

    • We will be hiking along the Mill Creek Greenway trail, investigating ecosystems as well as the built environment along the trail. We will be looking at some of the restoration projects in the creek as well as some of the installation’s along the trail. These include the constructed riffles that mitigate the low head dam that cuts across Mill Creek, the edible forest garden located on the banks of Mill Creek at Freedom Tree, as well as discussing the CSO’s (Combined Sewer Overflows) that we will pass along the way. All of these different stops along the hike will help paint the picture of the Mill Creek’s resurgence, even in the face of continued stressors of urban life. The hike will start at Salway Park next to Old Timber Inn  If the weather cooperates leading up to the event, we will have fruit available from the apple and pear trees located at Freedom Tree.

  • 7:45 (Dusk)-9:00 p.m. ~ Space Walk!

    • Location: Salway Park, 4520 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45223

    • SpaceWalk! is an after dark immersive visual art installation designed to convey the true scale of our solar system, both in terms of the size of the planets and their distances from the sun. Following a linear path spanning 3/4 of a mile and at a scale of 3.5 Billion:1, this walkable installation replicates the vastness of space in a tangible way.Beginning at the sun, a hand-painted globe filled with 50 pulsing LED lights intended to emulate solar activity, explorers continue along the path visiting each planet as they travel further out from the sun. Our miniature planets are hand-painted in realistic detail with blacklight acrylic and lit with solar powered UV lights after dusk. SpaceWalk! intends to be the most realistic to-scale outdoor model of our solar system in the world and lives along the Mill Creek Greenway path at Salway park, in Cincinnati, OH. Creator and amateur astronomer Josiah Wolff will lead a guided hike along the trail detailing the installation. 

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