ENX Community Partnership hosting three-mile run, all-day festival

Free event includes live performances by Bluf, Cheryl Renee, Tropicoso, as well as cornhole tournament | September 27, 2006

An unprecedented event is taking place in the communities of Evanston, Norwood and Xavier University this weekend. Together, the communities have formed a collaborative they've dubbed "Evanswood," and they are hosting an all-day festival and three-mile run on Saturday, Sept. 30. Race registration, admission and entertainment are all free and open to the public.

Beginning at 8:00 a.m. at the corner of Montgomery Road and Dana Avenue, Evanswood organizers are registering runners, who can participate in a free warm-up session. A high school band performance kicks off the race at 9:00 a.m., which ends at the Cintas Center—the site of the festival portion of the day. Children have their own fun run beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Cintas parking lot. An awards ceremony and ribbon-cutting that include dignitaries from Norwood, Cincinnati and Xavier follow the races, and serve as the official opening as the Cintas Center is transformed into "Evanswood Village."

Inside Cintas, guests to "Evanswood Boulevard" experience a wide array of activities for both children and adults alike, including choir performances on the "voices stage," hosted by the Evanston Community Council. In addition, an "Evanswood Café," serves food from Evanston and Norwood restaurants and features arts and crafts vendors from each of the Evanswood communities.

"Evanswood Court," located outside the Cintas Center, hosts performances by Cheryl Renee, Bluf and Tropicoso, with all-day music provided by DJ Pillo. A cornhole tournament, hosted by the West Norwood Neighborhood Association, begins at 1:00 p.m., while the Amazing Portable Circus provides face painters, caricature artists and stage performances. Activities continue both inside and out through 5:00 p.m.

The Evanswood Fun Run Festival is a collaborative project between Norwood and Evanston, which originated with the Evanston-Norwood-Xavier (ENX) Leadership Academy. ENX Leadership Academy is a grassroots leadership development program for people living or working in Evanston, Norwood and Xavier, and is offered in the spring at the University's Alumni Center.