Chautauqua race to honor Zdanksi

BETHESDA-This year’s Chautauqua Days 5K Run and Walk on Saturday, July 13 will be held in honor of the late Bethesda Police Chief Tim Zdanski, and all proceeds from the race will be donated to the Sexual Predator Internet Initiative (SPII) Task Force, which he founded.

Race organizers Rod Miller and Cindy Foose say that the course through the streets of Bethesda worked well in last year’s first Chautauqua Days race, and there will only be a slight adjustment with the last half mile traveling through Epworth Memorial Park. There are hills and flat areas, but 90 percent of the course is on pavement. The course map with elevations is posted on “”> More than 150 people ran or walked last year.

During the race, the band The Muddle will be playing their acoustic rock/folk at the Municipal Building, the halfway point. The three largest teams to cross the finish line first will be eligible for prizes. The first group will receive a gift certificate to Ye Olde Alpha in Wheeling; the second place group will receive a gift certificate to Outback Steakhouse; the third team will receive a gift certificate to Schleppe’s Restaurant at the 208 exit off I-70. Each person crossing the finish line will receive a special gift. Rice Energy, McCormick Sawmill and Murray Energy have sponsored this year’s race.

Check in and race day registration will be located at Epworth Memorial Park and begins at 6:30 a.m. and ends at 7:45. The race will begin at 8 a.m. sharp. Brooks Tech Shirts in “dark sky blue” will be guaranteed for those registering online, and there will only be a few available for race day registrations. The fee before June 30 is $18; July 1 through race day is $20 for adults. Children under 14 can run or walk for $10. Visit to register online, or pick up registration forms at the Bethesda Municipal Building or Bethesda Market.

DJ Mr. Twister will be providing music at Epworth Park throughout the race and afterwards. Registration fees include a lunch provided by Rollin’ Smoke BBQ and cookies by Hollie’s Cookie Hut. Massage therapist Terri Jarrett will be available for post-race massages at the park. Traffic control during the race will be provided by Bethesda Police Department, Hazen Lodge of Bethesda and the Emergency Management office.

The SPII Task Force identifies, investigates and captures online predators. SPII has been nationally recognized for its efforts in removing dozens of predators stalking area children. Bethesda Police Chief Jeremy Campbell notes that the proceeds will support training for investigators and updates for the equipment and software.

“This is important for any child we can help, not only here locally,” Campbell adds.

For information on the race, registration or donations, email or call Miller at (740) 359-7533 or Foose at (740) 391-1236.

“We’d like to honor Tim Zdanski and what he’s done,” says Foose. “We hope that people will come out and support this for their kids, grandkids and keeping the community safe.”

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