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Posted at 06:04 PM ET, 07/05/2012

Running for Civil War History in Winchester

A Civil War photo scavenger hunt for runners is scheduled for Saturday in Winchester, Va., with a long, medium or short course beginning respectively at 7, 8 and 9 a.m.

The run is sponsored by Runner’s Retreat, and the rules call for two-person teams and a fee of $25 per runner.

Winchester is a great place for the competition because of the dozens of Civil War monuments, buildings and museums in the city. Among the likely stops for contestants will be Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s 1862 headquarters, the Union and Confederate cemeteries and the Old Court House Civil War Museum.

Each team will receive clues and then begin to hunt for historic sites. Those who sign up for the long course will cover 25 miles or more and search for one major destination and four or five intermediate points. Those who choose the medium course can expect to look for three or four major destinations and several smaller stops along a 12- to 15-mile run. The short course runners will cover five miles and must find the largest number of sites.

At each stop, the team will photograph themselves at the site to score points. The prizes for the top-scoring three teams in each category will be running shoes, according to Runner’s Retreat.

Proceeds will benefit the Old Courthouse Civil War Museum.

By Linda Wheeler  |  06:04 PM ET, 07/05/2012

 
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