A fundraising run that would benefit Wilson's Creek National Battlefield is back on. The Bloody Hill Run will be held after all, after lawmakers in the House and Senate both approved legislation to end the government shutdown.
Here's an updated news release sent Thursday morning, courtesy of the National Park Service:
With the resolution of the federal government stalemate reached Wednesday, the Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Foundation’s 8K Bloody Hill Run will take place Saturday morning, October 19, as planned. The 8K race and 1-mile fun run had been scheduled and promoted over the past few months, but the Foundation was unsure whether it would take place because of the federal government shutdown. As a unit of the National Park Service, Wilson’s Creek Battlefield has been closed for visitation for the last 16 days.
Foundation President Craig Dunn stated, “The past two weeks have been an uncertain time for our country and the Foundation. We are pleased that the park will be open again so that visitors can enjoy the setting and learn about its history. Wilson’s Creek NB has a great staff that is anxious to get back to work telling the story of what happened here over 150 years ago.”
Saturday’s event will bring more than 150 runners and their families out to enjoy the park and raise much needed money to fund some the Foundation’s preservation projects. The 8K race will open with a cannon firing, as participants run the park’s tour road and finish after climbing Bloody Hill, the epicenter of the 1861 battle. Attendees will enjoy free food and drinks, period music, and history displays.
The Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Foundation is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization created in 1950 to advocate for the establishment of a national park at Wilson’s Creek, site of the 1861 Civil War battle. Since the park’s establishment in 1960, the Foundation’s goal has been the preservation, protection and promotion of the battlefield.