The President's Corner
Lace up your running or walking shoes for the 10th Parma Run-Walk for Pierogies, sponsored by Perla’s Pierogies, former Mayor Dean DePiero, and First Federal of Lakewood. The now famous event will take place on Saturday, July 3 at 7:30 am at Cuyahoga Community College’s western campus. Those who know me know that running is my passion. So, ten years ago I combined my love for running, pierogies, and giving back to the community by creating what has become one of our city’s signature summer events.
Participants may either run or walk the 5k (3.1 miles) or walk the one-mile course. Pre-registration is only $25 ($15 for ages 11 and under) and may be completed online at runsignup.com/Race/OH/Parma/runwalkforpierogies. Day of event registration is $30. You can also e-mail us at email@example.com or call me at (440) 885-8091 for a mail-in registration form or for sponsorship opportunities.
The Run-Walk takes place on the beautiful CCC-West campus, which makes for a very flat course. Those who place in the top three spots in several age groups win our signature pierogie necklace award. The first 600 participants who pre-register are guaranteed to receive our famous Parma Run-Walk for Pierogies t-shirt, so register early. When you have completed the event, David and Daniel Serban from Parma’s own Perla’s Pierogies will generously provide participants with a certificate for a half-dozen of their award-winning pierogies.
This year we will include several social distancing safety protocols that I have learned from successful races that I have run over the past several months. For instance, we will offer day before packet pickup, bottled water, staggered start times, hand sanitizer, use of masks prior to running and walking, etc.
Proceeds raised by the Run-Walk will, once again, benefit local charities and community projects. Please follow and like us on Facebook and Twitter @pierogie5k.
Parma City Council President Sean Brennan