Pearl St, Pearl Street, Mystic,
YMCA hosts 36th Annual Tarzan Brown Road Race
On Sunday, November 6, 2011 the Ocean Community YMCA, Mystic Branch will host the 36th Annual Tarzan Brown Mystic River Run 5.5 Mile Road Race. The YMCA is excited to carry on this great tradition and honor Ellison “Tarzan” Brown, the first truly great long-distance runner from this area.
The event will kick off with a free Kids 1K Fun Run (slightly more than ˝ mile) at 12:45 pm and be followed by the 5.5 mile Road Race at 1:30 pm. The event starting location is on Pearl Street in downtown Mystic. Traditionally, over 800 participants take part in this fun, yet competitive event along the banks of the scenic Mystic River. First 800 participants will receive a tee shirt. Join the post-race event at Cottrell Park located in Mystic for Clam Chowder, Harvest Bread and Cider and an award presentation for top finishers. The fee is $24 / individual; participants can register at the YMCA, online at active.com, or on race day on Pearl Street starting at 10:00 am.
Ellison Meyers Brown was a full blooded Narragansett from Ashaway, Rhode Island. His tribal name was Deerfoot and he was nicknamed “Tarzan” for his real-life exploits chasing deer and climbing trees with the agility of the fictional hero. In April 1936, at age 22, he won his first (of two) Boston Marathons. He returned to Boston in 1939 to win in a record setting 2:28:51. That year he also raced full-distance marathons on consecutive days, winning both. He first won the New York Championship on Saturday, then hitch-hiked to Manchester, N. H. where he won the New England Championship on Sunday.
Please join us on Sunday, November 6, 2011 for this wonderful YMCA event.