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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Sponsor 'ghost' runner at Five Trails race and support museum

  • As the oldest city in Kansas and one with great historical significance, of which we are all continually proud, the Leavenworth County Historical Society is asking for your help in supporting the upcoming Five Trails Half Marathon and 10K Run on Sunday, May 19.
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  • As the oldest city in Kansas and one with great historical significance, of which we are all continually proud, the Leavenworth County Historical Society is asking for your help in supporting the upcoming Five Trails Half Marathon and 10K Run on Sunday, May 19.
    Ever since the inception of the Five Trails Half Marathon back in 2009, when the late Joanie Kocab and current race director, Carol Bazemore put their heads together and planned the first-ever half-marathon to be run over the hills and dales of Leavenworth, attempts have been made to connect the idea of such a race with a historical society and museum. That's right – specifically the Leavenworth County Historical Society that calls the Carroll Mansion Museum their home.
    The race was actually conceived as a fundraiser for the Leavenworth County Historical Society, a non-profit organization, in its operation of the Carroll Mansion Museum as a source of sustainable revenue after the nearly 50 years of funding from the county ceased.
    Bazemore, a young, energetic runner herself, epitomizes the term "runner" in all ways. But a museum? Not so much. So you may ask yourself what exactly IS the connection?
    First of all, the Five Trails Half Marathon celebrates the courage demonstrated by the immigrants of the westward expansion on a loop course through Leavenworth, which welcomed pioneers as they crossed the Missouri River to the west. Five of these historic westward trails – California, Oregon, Santa Fe, Mormon and Pike's Peak – were marked through Leavenworth County by early settlers trekking from the known to the unknown. The race route takes runners by a roadside commemorative marker of the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails as well as historic districts that feature beautiful old homes dating back to the trail's period of the 1850s. However, the principal link is that the race is a major fundraiser for the museum to meet daily operational expenses.
    So, you say you are not a runner and therefore cannot physically participate in the race? Other than volunteering on race day, consider sponsoring a "ghost runner"!
    Leavenworth boasts of many ghosts in their midst and the Carroll Mansion is no exception (but that is yet another story). The "registration" fee for a "ghost runner" is ANY amount you want it to be. Every dollar contributed in this manner is tax deductible and is specifically used for museum operational expenses.
    The Society needs your help and the help of all citizens of Leavenworth County so we can continue preserving the historical significance of our area for future generations. Any contribution that you can make will be greatly appreciated.
    You don't have to believe in ghosts to participate in the race in this manner. Stop by the museum at 1128 Fifth Avenue, call 682-7759, or e-mail: leavenworthhistory@sbcglobal.net to sign up!
    Page 2 of 2 - Mary Ann Brown is a volunteer for the Leavenworth County Historical Society.
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