Hyde Park Blast: Bikes, walks, chariots, bands and beer on the Square


Hyde Park Blast

Saturday, June 25, 7:30 a.m.-midnight, Hyde Park Square

The Hyde Park Blast will attract runners, walkers, cyclists and chariot racers to Hyde Park Square for a day of fun – and fundraising for two cancer-fighting charities.

The runs, walks and cycling races are Part 1 of the all-day lineup.

A block party, from 4 p.m. to midnight, will launch the Blast’s second half, with music by the Naked Karate Girls and Flip Cup All-Stars; craft beer from MadTree, Stone and Jackie O’s, as well as domestic beers; and food vendors. The Blast’s newest addition – the chariot races – will be part of the evening’s activities, as will the pro 1/2/3 men’s cycling race.

The lineup:

7:30 a.m. – 4-mile run/walk
9 a.m. – Kids fun runs
Noon – Cycling races begin
4 p.m. – Block party starts
7 p.m. – Chariot races
8:30 p.m. – Pro 1/2/3 men’s cycling race

Registration by midnight June 19 is encouraged for the run/walk, bike races or chariot chase to avoid price increases that kick in June 20. Online registration also will close at midnight June 19.

Proceeds from the event will benefit The Cure Starts Now, Shemenski Foundation and The Karen Wellington Memorial Foundation.

Merchants on Hyde Park Square will be open throughout the day. Event organizers advise  those headed to the Square to check the website for hints on where to find parking.

To register: www.hydeparkblast.org

Information: www.hpblast.org

There’s more!
Yes, chariots on the Square

Chariots will compete in head-to-head, one-lap races around the Square, in an event that’s not quite right out of “Ben Hur.”

One lap probably will be plenty because . . .

  • Each three-person team must make its own chariot.
  • One person gets to ride; the other two have to pull.
  • Preferably, organizers say, all three are in costume.
  • The chariot – and the “horses” – all must reach the finish line without the help of any motors, engines or friends.
  • No sharp edges anywhere – not even teensy little spikes.

To register: events.thecurestartsnow.org/hyde-park-blast


Brittany, Nick and Brooklyn Smith

And meet Brooklyn: The Blast’s 5-year-old ‘queen’

In early January, Brooklyn Smith started experiencing uncommon symptoms, especially for a 5-year-old – loss of balance, nausea and facial drooping.

Her parents, Brittany and Nick Smith, rushed her to Cincinnati Children’s, where they learned the unimaginable: Brooklyn was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma just seven days after her fifth birthday.

Brooklyn had emergency brain surgery and is now undergoing regular radiation and chemotherapy treatments that are taking a toll on her tiny body. Her attitude and personality, however, are brighter than ever.

Inspired by the courageous story of Lauren Hill, Brooklyn and her parents are focused on spreading awareness and raising money for DIPG research.

“We have a vivacious, strong, intelligent 5-year-old who deserves for us to fight for her and other DIPG warriors as hard as she – and they – are fighting for their lives,” Nick Smith said.

Most recently, Brooklyn was selected as the 2016 Hyde Park Blast ambassador – or queen, as she prefers. She’ll help start the race at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, June 25, and will receive an award during the block party.

Brooklyn’s Facebook page:  Smile for Brooklyn

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