This past Saturday marked the third annual Ohio City Run & Crawl. It consisted of a 5k run followed by lots of celebrating and or “pub crawling.” This event was significant for a few reasons.
Number one, I participated and it was the first organized run I had ever finished so I was very proud.
More importantly, however, it was a symbol of what places like Ohio City and Tremont and Detroit Shoreway really offer to their residents. You are getting more than close proximity to downtown, you are getting a community to belong to, rich in culture, arts and events. As I was struggling to finish miles two and three, I couldn’t help but notice all the people lining the streets that were out of their houses and cheering us on. Businesses had opened their doors to participate in the event in Market Square and hundreds of people had turned out even though it had been raining all morning.
For anyone who thinks downtown and surrounding communities are simply a place to go on the weekends to bar hop I think its time you gave Cleveland living a second look.