Uncle Sam's Throwdown 2014
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Monday, September 5- Gateway Cup 5K & Bike Race

 The Benton Park Classic is an annual bike race that rides through the neighborhood. It is part of a 4-series Gateway Cup bike race. For more information on the Gateway Cup, visit: www.gatewaycup.com. 

Before the bike races begin, runners get their chance to race the course! For more information, visit: http://gatewaycup.com/charity-rides/the-benton-park-5k/

Please check back regularly, several updates will be added as plans are finalized. There will be streets closed for this event all across the neighborhood. Any cars parked on the bike course will be gently relocated somewhere in the neighborhood starting at 6am on race day. 

Course Marshall volunteers are needed. Sign up here:http://gatewaycup.com/volunteer/

General Benton Park volunteers are needed. Find opportunities and sign up to volunteer at www.bpnastl.org or contact Mark Hasamear at mark.d.hasamear@gmail.com or (618) 420-7489.

Benton Park 5K Information:

When: Monday, September 5th, 5K (3.1 Mile) at 8:30am. Kids Fun Run at 9:30am. Registration Opens at 7:00am.

Pre-Registration Cost:
$25 before July 1st
$30 before August 1st
$35 before September 1st
Race Day Registration is $40.

Kids Fun Run $10 (14 and Under). There will be slight surcharge for online registration.

Course: The course will be almost 2 Laps of the Benton Park Classic Race Course.

5k and Kids Fun Run
*Stroller AND Dog Friendly
*Edible Gus’ Pretzel medals for all finishers
*post-race festival at the Gateway Cup

Packet Pick-Up: Pre-event Packet Pick-Up will be Sunday the 28th on the Italian Hill at the Stage 3/Giro della Montagna race course from 10am until 6pm. The pick up location will be located at the intersection of Wilson Avenue and Marconi Avenue in the race Expo. Race Day packet pick-up will be near the Start/Finish in Benton Park.

Register Here! 

Here is the course map. If you park on the pink route, you will need to move your car off the course by 6am Labor Day. If your car is not moved, it will be gently relocated off the course. Thanks in advance for your cooperation!


Praise in the Park Gospel Show- Saturday, August 13 4-8pm

Come praise in the park! Neighborhood Churches & Benton Park West will be hosting this year's Gospel Show. Participating Churches include Curby Memorial Presbyterian Church, Epiphany United Church of Christ, The New Church and Novation Church. 

Food and drinks (water & soda) will be available compliments of the churches. 

Benton Park Flags, t-shirts and other gear will be available for purchase from Benton Park Neighborhood Association. 

Volunteers are needed. View positions and sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4ca8a623a64-praise or contact Mark Hasamear at mark.d.hasamear@gmail.com or (618) 420-7489.


July 30th - Temporal Cities Blanket Fort Festival 

Benton Park Summer Event Series and Spore Projects Present:

Temporal Cities 2nd Annual Blanket Fort Festival

Saturday, July 30, 2016


Benton Park (Arsenal & MIssouri)

An Interactive Playscape built by neighbors, artists, and YOU!! 

Featuring: costume contest (7pm), sustainability and wellness workshops, Celestial Theater, produce promenade (sorta like a cakewalk but with produce), Mad Science, sculptures by Artscope kids, Blaqueberry Puppets, yoga with Sergio, Tha Zumba King, Castle of Magical Thinking, Cranky Yellow, face painting, art workshop with reiki/mediation with Itshanapa, Revisionist Inn shadow puppets, laughter with Sonia of Kismet Creative Center, Origami with Katie Rogerz and DJ Dicky P, beer booth, food, and a village of interactive blanket forts and tons more!!!! FREE & Family Friendly. 

Full activity schedule coming soon! 

Main Stage:
-Dubb Nubb 
-Beth Bombara
-Obviously Offbeat
-Defeated County
-Billy Croghan
-Letter to Memphis

Benton Park Neighborhood Association will have food from Trueman's and beverages available.  Benton Park gear (flags, t-shirts, etc) will also be available for purchase. 

For more informaiton, check out the Facebook Event. 

+Cover Image from SPORE Project's Fox Park Intepretive Center 2014. Taken by Virgina Harold