Sunday, July 31, 2016

You call it!...



2016 Tigertown "Exciting Post Race Wrap-up!



    The Tigertown 5000 brought in over  “500” athletes from the USA with “international” flavor which perfect weather conditions at race time proved to be one,  if not the “fastest” race course in the midwest United States. With a “battle” for the lead throughout the 3.1 mile course by American runner Evan Gaynor against Kenyan Julius Kiptoo and two other fellow Kenyan runners exchanging leads it was a “winner takes all at the finish” as even with a 10 meter lead with 100 meters left in the race Julius Kiptoo claimed victory with a breath taking finish of 14:41, that the computer timing  had to decide ! Race director Doug Desgrange was standing near the finish and watched it all unfold “It was very intense and exciting even though I seen Evan’s legs wobble as he gave it all he had!” “I thought he had it and was very surprised when I saw the final results!” The computer chip timing system was the deciding factor with Kiptoo taking Gaynor by fractions of a second!
     This wasn’t the “only” excitement at Tigertown that day as there was “course record” money at stake sponsored by One Main Financial, The Henry County Bank and Ag Credit. On the women’s side, Tewabech Demse of Ethiopia smashed the previous Tigertown record set in 2012 by Dorcus Chesang of Kenya of 16:54 in a “record time” of 16:12 ! “ It was something to see the crowd come “alive” that lined the streets cheering for her” says Desgrange. For Demse’s outstanding finish time she took home a cash prize of $400.
     “I knew we had a professional field of athletes coming” Desgrange goes on “These runners are a different group and like things quiet leading into the race.” In all Tigertown showcased 9 elite runners on the streets of Liberty Center and a great 5K course. Results show as 35 runners were under the 18 minute finish time and a representative from Dave’s Running Shop titled Liberty Center as a “premier course” for competition.
   

2016 Tigertown "Exciting Post Race Wrap-up!



    The Tigertown 5000 brought in over  “500” athletes from the USA with “international” flavor which perfect weather conditions at race time proved to be one,  if not the “fastest” race course in the midwest United States. With a “battle” for the lead throughout the 3.1 mile course by American runner Evan Gaynor against Kenyan Julius Kiptoo and two other fellow Kenyan runners exchanging leads it was a “winner takes all at the finish” as even with a 10 meter lead with 100 meters left in the race Julius Kiptoo claimed victory with a breath taking finish of 14:41, that the computer timing  had to decide ! Race director Doug Desgrange was standing near the finish and watched it all unfold “It was very intense and exciting even though I seen Evan’s legs wobble as he gave it all!” “I thought he had it and was very surprised when I saw the results!” The computer chip timing system was the deciding factor with Kiptoo taking Gaynor by fractions of a second!
     This wasn’t the “only” excitement at Tigertown that day as there was “course record” money at stake sponsored by One Main Financial, The Henry County Bank and Ag Credit. On the women’s side, Tewabech Demse of Ethiopia smashed the previous Tigertown record set in 2012 by Dorcus Chesang of Kenya of 16:54 in a “record time” of 16:12! “ it was something to see the crowd come “alive” that lined the streets cheering for her” says Desgrange. For Demse’s outstanding finish time she took home a cash prize of $400.
     “I knew we had a professional field of athletes coming” Desgrange goes on “These runners are a different group and like things quiet leading into the race.” In all Tigertown showed 10 elite runners on the streets of Liberty Center and a great 5K course. Results show as 35 runners were under the 18 minute finish time and a representative from Dave’s Running Shop titled Liberty Center as a “premier course” for competition.
   

Friday, July 29, 2016

Tigertown Race Update (Friday)

This is your last race update before your racing experience of a lifetime! Please plan your arrival on Saturday accordingly as we are very much "on pace" for our 12th year in a row record turnout... There are traffic conditions for some and we have an easy alternate route for you to get to Liberty Center...

1.  Again, remember if you DID NOT pre-register before our deadline of Wednesday, July 20th you default into the race day shirt alert! Your tech shirt is on a "first come, first served" basis! When we are out, we are out! We order 30% over our deadline entry total and in past years we have race day registered 75-100 runners/walkers... REGISTRATION OPENS AT 7:00AM!
2.  There is a TRAFFIC DETOUR if you are traveling via State Route 109 coming from the SOUTH! Once you cross the Maumee River bridge, you will have to detour as the road is CLOSED heading NORTH into Liberty Center!
       
  Alternate Route Directions (from SOUTH only via St. Rt. 109)
                 1. Once you cross the Maumee River bridge, you will turn RIGHT at the stop sign
                 2. Proceed 2 miles and turn LEFT on County Road 6C (one lane road)
                 3. Go 1 mile to County Road S, and turn LEFT
                 4. Proceed 1.5 miles to State Route 109, turn RIGHT
                 5. Your are now on the road into Liberty Center

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Race Day Shirt Guarantee?

Due to the quality of the tech shirts we provide and availability, we are not able to guarantee you will receive one on race day! All shirts on race day are a "first come, first serve..." basis. Registration opens at 7am on Saturday. See you there!

Welcome Another New Sponsor!

It's with great joy we continue to provide you with a great event and with that our sponsors are a key part of the Tigertown 5000! Please welcome The Cakewalk Factory located at 134 W. Washington St. in Napoleon, Ohio! They provide a professional and fun bakery service for gourmet cake products that are works of art! We will be presenting their products in our door prize give aways following the Tigertown 5000... "Got a sweet tooth?" www.thecakewalkcakery.com

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Race Week Update (Saturday, July 23rd)

We do our very best to keep you updated with traffic changes and construction that may effect your travels for the Tigertown 5000! 

1.) With easy in/out into Liberty Center via the new State Route 24 (exit 47) very little change has
      happened.

2.) However, south of the new State Route 24 at the intersection of Henry Co. 424 ( old state route
     24)  and St. Rt. 109, the road will be closed to traffic using this highway.

3.) Parking for the Tigertown event will have "signage" as you near the school from Route 24. 

     The school district is in the process of building a new facility, we have lost some parking area!
                                       Please plan your travel time accordingly! 

4.) There will be NO DRIVING or PARKING in front of the high school! 
      This is a "new security" measure implemented for your protection! It will be barricaded off... 
            
5.) Be aware that there is a "large volleyball tournament" going on across town! It should not effect
      the Tigertown race, but there will be extra traffic in the village that morning.