Kenmore Cowbell 7K


Saturday June 8, 2024    
8:00 am - 11:00 am


1000 Kenmore Blvd
Akron, OH 44314, USA

The city of Akron’s got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell.

OnSaturday, June 8, Akron Promise will host the fourth in its 11-race CitySeries, the Cowbell 7k, which will highlight historic the newly constructed Summit Lake Trail as well as Akron’s Music Row, Kenmore Boulevard, where guitar shops and percussion are plentiful.

Formerly known as theRock Me on the Water 7k, the Cowbell 7k is unique not only in its distance but in its combination of natural and urban experiences. The race will kick off at 8 a.m. at the historic Rialto Theatre to the sound of guitars andcow bells. It will continue east on Kenmore Boulevard to the south end of Summit Lake, Summit County’s only glacier lake, where runners will connect to the Towpath via the new $2.5 million Summit Lake Trail. A bridge will take them across the water past Summit Metro Parks’ new Summit Lake Nature Center and Summit Lake Park. Runners will cross the Ohio & Erie Canal via a second bridge and head west, then south along the north side of the lake through a picturesque neighborhood. Runners will experience a slight uphill roll on Kenmore Boulevard which will level out, then head slightly downhill to finish to a bevy of Will Ferrell wannabes cheering them on with more cowbell than the Blue Oyster Cult can shake a drumstick at.

Thefinishers’ medal will include a literal cowbell: complete with ringer and all. Runners who finish five of the Akron Promise City Series races will receive a specially designed medal by an Akron Artist.

According to the race’s organizer, Nick Korora, a 1996 graduate of Kenmore High School,the origins of the cowbell theme are all local. Ellen Benn, known to Kenmore residents as “Grandma Benn,” was known as Kenmore High School’s biggest cheerleader. For over 60 years, she was a fixture at Kenmore High School sporting events, ringing her signature cowbell for the likes of the country’s longest-serving Mayor Don Plusquellic and former New York Jets players Dave and Don Buckey.

Although Benn died in 2006, Korora sees the race as an opportunity to keep her spirit alive.

“Spectators are a huge part of this race, just as Grandma Ben was a huge part of our childhoods,” Korora explained. “We offer a variety of race packages, so whether you want to be an athlete, Grandma Benn or Will Ferrell for the day, there’s an opportunity for everyone to participate and have fun.”

Proceeds from the race will provide resources, mentorship and post-secondary scholarships to Akron Public School students in Kenmore and surrounding communities.

For details about the Cowbell 7k , to register or to volunteer, visit Discounted registration is available until April 1, 2024.

About the Akron Promise City Series

Started in 2022, the Akron Promise “City Series” aims to promote health, exploration of our city, growth and supportthe various participant organizations throughout Akron. Please consider participating (in person, virtually, or as a volunteer) in as many as you can. Medals will be awarded to people who participate in at least five of the events.

About Akron Promise

Akron Promise was founded in 2016 by Tom and Daralee Ghinder. Akron Promise facilitates success in our city, our schools and our families to make Akron the community of choiceto live, work and educate our children. We do this by helping students and families access appropriate educational supports, resources, and opportunities. To donate to Akron Promise or to learn more about the organization, visit