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Head For The Hills!

Sat October 5, 2024 Moreland Hills, OH 44022 US Directions


5K Run

($15: Ages 6 - 15)
9:00AM EDT Price increases after October 4, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT

Guided Hike

($15: Ages 6 - 15)
9:00AM EDT Price increases after October 4, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT


Forest Ridge Preserve
3800 Chagrin River Road
Moreland Hills, OH US 44022

Forest Ridge Preserve and the Lang Pavilion



On Saturday, October 5th, join us in the heart of the Chagrin River Valley for Head For The Hills! 2024.

Moreland Hills is home to many of the area’s most prized and pristine green spaces.  These include the beautiful 142-acre Forest Ridge Preserve and the Lang Pavilion (where this event will take place), sections of Cleveland Metroparks South Chagrin Reservation, U.S. President James A. Garfield’s cabin and birth site, and more. Registration fees and all donations benefit the non-profit Moreland Hills Parks Commission.  This annual event provides the Parks Commission with its primary source of funds.  

The Parks Commission’s mission is to support preservation, improvements, and enjoyment of our local parks for all.  Proceeds from last year’s Head For The Hills! event helped to provide new signage at Forest Ridge and procure materials for resurfacing and improving the park’s trails.  This year the Commission hopes to begin supporting the Village as it works toward replacing and repairing the park’s picnic tables at the Lang Pavilion, installing new benches along the trail network and implementing various other improvements in the park. These initiatives will impact the thousands of community members who visit the park each year.  

We are proud of our scenic, challenging and competitive 5K through the valley!  But you don’t have to be a runner to enjoy this event.  Experience the trails of Forest Ridge Preserve on our family-friendly hike — new for this year, the hike will be led by Renee Boronia, Director of Conservation Education at the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, making it interesting and fun for all ages — bring your family!

All registrants for the 5K and the two hikes receive a special Head For The Hills! aluminum water bottle and chances for other great giveaways. 5K competitors have a chance to win overall and age group prizes.  And for everyone, there will be free kids activities and crafts, a silent auction where you can bid on some fantastic gifts and experiences, and more.

Come experience the beauty of the Chagrin River valley while supporting a great local cause at Head For The Hills 2024!



8:00 am         Runner/Hiker registration and packet pickup
9:00 am         5K Run starts
9:00 am         Guided Hike starts  
9:00 am         Silent auction and kids activities start
10:00 am       5K awards announcement



5K run                       MyLaps BibTag Chip timed



5K run                      $30.00 (Kids 6-15: $15.00) thru October 4
Guided Hike             $30.00 (Kids ages 6-15: $15.00) thru October 4                               

All others                 No registration required (donations appreciated)

5K run                      $35.00 (Kids 6-15: $20.00) beginning October 5 
Guided Hike             $35.00 (Kids 6-15: $20.00) beginning October 5                

Any kids age 5 and under are free to participate (water bottle not included)



4:00-7:00 pm               Friday, October 4, 2024
                                    Fleet Feet
                                    30679 Pinetree Blvd.
                                    Pepper Pike, OH 44124 



5K Run only

$75 Fleet Feet Cards for overall Male and Female winners.

Plus, awards to top 3 Male and Female finishers in each age group:

14 & Under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 & Over



Custom "Head for the Hills!" aluminum water bottle!
Snacks and refreshments post-race
Chances for various other giveaways



5K Run
Challenge yourself on this scenic out and back course along beautiful Chagrin River Road (recently resurfaced for a smooth running experience!).  Gently rolling hills, lovely homes and early fall colors welcome competitive racers and anyone seeking an enjoyable workout regardless of pace.  

Guided Hike
Join Renee Boronka, Director of Conservation Eduction at the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, to learn about the ecosystems in Forest Ridge as you explore the diverse and wooded trails of the park. This is an educational and family-friendly event that will be fun and interesting for all ages — a great opportunity for hikers, nature-lovers and families to get out and experience this beautiful setting.



Head For The Hills! Is about getting more people out to experience our fantastic parks.  Bring the whole family and enjoy kids activities and crafts, bid on some exciting gifts and experience in the silent auction, and more. Or just hang out in the beautiful Lang Pavilion enjoying the warmth of the fireplace and meeting your Moreland Hills neighbors!

Start Time:                            9:00am EDT

Price:                                     Free to all (donations are appreciated) 



Call Hermes Sports & Events at (216) 623-9933

5K Course Map

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Hike Trail Map

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Parking Map

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