On Saturday June 8th, Band on the Run returns to Huntsville, and it is now confirmed – it is the most fun you will have at a running event. Period.
Band on the Run offers the unique opportunity for all levels of runners to enjoy live bands rockin’ tunes along the running route as you challenge yourself on the scenic Muskoka Hills.
The day starts off with The Band on the Run Half Marathon. This route is not for the feint-of-heart. Previous participants have said that running on the Muskoka hills makes for one of the hardest Half Marathons that they have ever done. It’s the kind of course that people love while they are hating it! If you usually love flat and fast – this is not the race for you, but if you love a challenge – then this race is definitely for you!
Next up is the Band on the Run 10K! On this route, you’ll get to tackle plenty of rolling hills. There are some great rewards in training for this challenging 10k. If you can conquer the Band on the Run 10k – you will kick butt on every run you do for the rest of the summer!
Another option is the 5K Run or Walk. This route is suitable for all levels of runners – with some hills – but don’t be nervous! Many Band on the Run 5K participants are trying a running race for the first time ever!
The final race for the day is the Kid’s Fun Run! This is ideal for kids that want to participate in the race but are not yet able to run 5k. The distance is approximately 1200m. Parents are welcome to accompany their kids on the run. They do not need to be registered to do so. Parents running with their children should have ample time to get to the start line for their own race. All registered participants will receive a Technical T-Shirt, a Finisher Medal and food after the race. It’s called a ‘Fun Run’ because it should be fun for all the kids. Fun for some means they go as fast as they can and try to be first. While for others it is about smiling and waving to the crowd. All are welcome!
Of course, when an event is called ‘Band on the Run’, it can’t be just about the ‘Run’, there has to be Music as well! Music is huge part of Band on the Run. Along the route and at the start/finish line, runners are serenaded by live bands throughout the day! This includes 12 local bands for 2019. If you’re running by, be sure to give them some love, and if you’re spectating, feel free to walk around and enjoy some of the incredible local talent that Muskoka has to offer!
Following the race, the Huntsville Festival of the Arts presents a family-friendly, licensed, all ages Celebration Party in River Mill Park! Starting at 12pm and going until 6pm, this years’ party includes performances by three live bands. Each one has been chosen with fun & celebration in mind. They’ll be singing songs you know and love singing along with. There’s plenty of room for dancing – and sitting back and relaxing while you enjoy the show. There will also be Busker Performances by the Disco Darlings, strolling performances, interactive hoop zone, vendors and more!
The Afternoon Schedule:
12 noon: the Festivities Start
First show: Good Enough Live Karaoke
1:30pm: Awards Ceremony
4:30pm: Headline Band – Tommy Youngsteen
Band on the Run gives you the chance to challenge yourself on the Muskoka Hills, while running through the incredible scenery that Muskoka has to offer. All of this combined with a day full of incredible music means Band on the Run is the most fun you will have at a running event. Period.