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Cleveland Metroparks and CrossCountry Mortgage Launch Race Series

Series kicks-off with Earth Day 5K at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo April 23

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Cleveland Metroparks today announced the Cleveland Metroparks Race Series presented by CrossCountry Mortgage. The new race and walk series features four unique races across Cleveland Metroparks and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and is designed to encourage exploration and exercise throughout the year.

The Cleveland Metroparks Race Series presented by CrossCountry Mortgage kicks-off with the Earth Day 5K at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on April 23 at 8:30 a.m. Pre-registration is now available through April 18 and participants receive entry into the Zoo, refreshments, and a custom race shirt and finisher medal. A portion of the proceeds from the Earth Day 5K support green practices and sustainability efforts at the Zoo. Following the race, families can explore Party for the Planet at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, a day-long Earth Day celebration with special programming for the whole family.


“The new Cleveland Metroparks Race Series with CrossCountry Mortgage is all about getting active outdoors, exploring nature, and supporting a great cause,” said Cleveland Metroparks CEO Brian M. Zimmerman. “Join us for the Earth Day 5K and kick-off this walk and run towards a healthier planet.”

Additional races for the 2022 series include:

  • Whiskey Island 5K on July 17: Explore the Whiskey Island Trail and Wendy Park Bridge as part of this new run and walk to benefit Cleveland Metroparks’ trails.
  • Future For Wildlife 5K on October 9: Help Cleveland Metroparks Zoo secure a future for wildlife by running for conservation efforts to protect animals in the wild.
  • Veterans 5K on November 12: Walk or run through Edgewater Beach at this inaugural race to support our nation’s veterans.

Pre-registration for each race is $30, or take the CrossCountry Mortgage challenge and sign up for all four races to save $20.

“This new race series not only encourages exploration of the places that make us proud to call Northeast Ohio home, but also benefits our larger community – from supporting our veterans, enhancing recreational opportunities and building toward a more sustainable future,” said Laura Soave, Chief Brand Officer, CrossCountry Mortgage.

For more information and to sign up, visit


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About Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is a nationally-recognized leader among zoos and aquariums in North America with over 2,000 animals across 400 species from around the world. The Zoo specializes in animal care, education and research and is certified by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Visit for more information.