TOGA! TOGA! TOGA!
Food, drink, party, amateur athletic endeavor to make any Greek citizen proud!
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Toga Adventures for all Greek citizens:
1. Breakfast only
No toga, but all the food, drink and music of the morning. If you see that the people that have toga are having more fun, laughing and writing on each other with Sharpie Markers, you can always purchase your own toga on site separately on the day of the event while supplies last.
2. Toga Breakfast & Party
Start your Homecoming Saturday in Bloom off right with a 9:00 a.m. breakfast and toga party! Music, friendship, togas, Sharpie markers, eggs, BACON, sausage, hash browns, fruit, COFFEE, bagels, and YOUR FIRST DRINK ON THE HOUSE (Beer, Bloody Mary, or juice)!
3. The Mile Run (and party and breakfast)
Everything included in the TOGA PARTY/BREAKFAST from above...PLUS - One mile run in and around the Bloomsburg Town Park (see map below). An entry level challenge and introduction to Toga Running and Toga Partying!
4. The 5K Run (and party and breakfast)
Everything included in the TOGA PARTY/BREAKFAST from above...PLUS - 3.1 miles starting at the Wagon Shed and including the Bloom Town Park, Ft. McClure road and other great, low-traffic streets and sidewalks (see map below) A larger challenge for those who might identify more with the original Olympic Athletes.
5. The 10K Run (and party and breakfast)
Everything included in the TOGA PARTY/BREAKFAST from above...PLUS - 6.2 miles (approx.) starting at the Wagon Shed and including the Bloom Town Park, Ft. McClure road, the Rupert covered bridge, Bloomsburg Fairgrounds and other great, low-traffic streets and sidewalks (see map below). The LARGEST challenge for those who pay the greatest appreciation for the Olympic Athletes.
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QUESTION: "Do I have to wear a toga to run?
ANSWER: "YES! ONLY TOGA WEARERS ALLOWED!
QUESTION: "Don't you think that will limit the number of participants?"
ANSWER: YES! But we only want the kind of participants that like to have fun! People with a sense of adventure. Folks with confidence. People that don't mind sweating-up a sheet.
QUESTION: "Who benefits from this run?"
ANSWER: The Greek Students of Bloomsburg University will benefit from this run, and therefore the community. Any money generated by this event will be used to teach Greek students about Community service needs, Scholarship, and dedication to your Alma Mater. This means, money generated in this run will be LEVERAGED and STAY HERE!
Fun Fact: Bloomsburg University Greek students have helped staff local running race with volunteers for at least the past 10 years. Without their help, many of these races you enjoy, would never have happened.
QUESTION: "What do I wear beneath my toga?"
ANSWER: What happens in Toga Trot, stays in Toga Trot :)
QUESTION: "What if after wearing my toga for 1 or 5 miles, I've fallen in love with it, and I love the special way it makes me feel?"
ANSWER: That is going to happen. Plan on it! That is why the Togas are yours to keep as part of your registration price! Organizers encourage our runners to wear their toga for the entire day as they experience Bloomsburg Homecoming, or the Football game or even go shopping in Walmart (where a toga actually seems kind of mild and "sane"). Your post run "musk" will add authenticity to the ancient greek feel of your attire (and help you fit in at Walmart).
QUESTION: "Why? Why do we need a toga run?"
ANSWER: If you have to ask this question, you might not be our kind of runner. See Mr. Belushi for your answer.
QUESTION: "What else can I do from this location?"
ANSWER: If you get tired of having a good time at the Wagon Shed home base location, you can always walk over to Market Street (a few blocks to the east) and watch the end of the Homecoming parade. Want something less hectic? Walk down to the town park and look at the Susquehanna river, or the pond and walking trails in the park. Maybe watch a soccer game or baseball. So many things close to our "home base".
ALL RUNNING EVENTS START AT 9:00, SHARP!
*Always subject to change due to permits, traffic, etc. But this is kind of what we are presently thinking.
1 Mile Challenge Course
A quick out and back on the lightly traveled roads surrounding the Bloomsburg High School and town park. I nice, short, challenge, to get the blood flowing on a Fall morning.
5K Challenge Course
A traditional run distance featuring the lightly travelled roads boarding the town park, the Susquehanna River, and the Bloomsburg High School ground and athletic fields. I nice medium distance challenge on a cool fall morning.
10K Challenge Course
The longest Toga Trot offering. Still "doable" to most runners of average fitness. The route is flat, and lovely. The entire route boarders either the Susquehanna River, Fishing Creek, the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds or the Bloomsburg Highschool property. Covered bridges, railroad bridges, Beautiful homes and properties, and much more. Hydration at the halfway point. Lots of beatiful scenery to enjoy on this course.
BEST TOGA CONTEST!
Judging will begin around 11:00 a.m.
Judging will be determined by a "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" vote of the Greek mob.
Winning male and female toga wearer will each recieve a $25.00 prize for their greecian fashion creations.
WEARING YOUR TOGA
Below is just one of many ways to wear a toga. If you don't like this look, just click the photo below or search YouTube for lots of different ways to wear your toga. On race day, let our professional staff help you get just that perfect toga look!
Each participant will recieve:
- 15' x 40" of "toga fabric" with which they can fashion their togas.
- 8' each of stylish golden braded rope
- Access to our SHARPIE MARKERS
Use these things to accessorize your look and maybe decorate others! Make friends! Look like a Greek God! SPARTICUS!
FEEL FREE TO BRING YOUR OWN IDEAS AND GREEK ACCESSORIES ALONG!
Awards, T-shirts and Swag
All events need some bling.
- All paying participants WILL NOT receive a T-shirt. Instead, we will put your toga right on your person on the morning of the race. The toga and gold roping becomes your race momento! Something different and cool!
- All finishers will get party beads (gold color of course)!
- 7 age groups! Male and Female. Top age group finishers will receive special Greek awards as shown below:
We will do chip timing for the 5K event. We will supply velcro anklets for your chips, unless you want to attach your chip directly onto your sandals *for an authentic Greek Olympic runner look.
Timing for the 1 mile run, will be done with a printing stopwatch and manually by our Greek God, volunteers!
We'll provide a SAG wagon for any greek warriors unable to finish for any reason. We will also provide Sports drink and healthy period specific greek athletic food (read: olives, grapes and fruit) to our runners.
Post race, Greek warriors desirous of extended revelry time will be invited to a local establishment to convene our first "congress" over libations and merriment!