Welcome the Stone Age: Caveman Crawl 5K Trail Run takes off at The West Woods

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Jun. 12—The Foundation of Geauga Parks and Geauga Park District hosted their 11th Caveman Crawl, a 5K Trail Run that sports athletes dressed in a variety of cavemen garb and costume.

The Foundation for Geauga Parks and Geauga Park District collaborated to make this event happen, sponsoring a series of runners that embody the spirit of the cavemen.

The event took place June 12 at The West Woods in Russell Township.

They were off and running in the Caveman Run at Geauga Park District West Woods on June 12. (John Butler — The News-Herald)

"The first 10 years of the race were put on by the park district, now we are partnering with the foundation," said Todd Gaydosh, executive director for The Foundation for Geauga Parks. "You can see at least a quarter of the runners in beards and bones and leopard skin loin clothes and much more. Many different costumes from the Stone Age have become a part of the races aesthetic. We are grateful to be able to keep the tradition going."

A father and his daughter dress in stone age garb at the 2022 Caveman Crawl(John Butler ??

Runners received branded wooden medals made by the Geauga Park District

"We are lucky. It's really well-established," said Adam Henry, co-president of The Foundation for Geauga Parks. "We have a really good group of people who come out here every year to participate and show off their costumes during the run. "

Lorenzo Linek finished first in the 5K race at the 2022 Caveman Crawl. (John Butler — The News-Herald)

The first to cross the finish line was recent West Geauga High School graduate Lorenzo Linek, a former cross-country runner. He won in 19 minutes and 30 seconds.

"I ran this when I was a freshman in 2019 and graduated from West Geauga last week." Linek said. "I went out and I knew there was going to be a big hill and it was brutal but it was awesome to come across the line first because I was a mentorship student for the park and I can't thank them enough for their support."

Runners dressed the part for the Caveman Run at Geauga Park District West Woods. (John Butler — The News-Herald)

The event hosted over 50 runners.

Lorenzo Linek. a recent West Geauga High School graduate, is on his way to the finish line. (John Butler — The News-Herald)