May 25, 2016

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‘Faceplant 500’ is child’s play in a charitable way

MEDINA — Adults can connect with their inner child Saturday and race toys down the Reagan Park sledding hill during “Faceplant 500.”

The event is a first for Medina resident and organizer Brock Birce, who came up with the idea.

“Honestly, we were playing with nephews and we were riding down a hill,” he said.

The event, which he hopes to bring back every year, will raise money for a platoon stationed in Afghanistan.

“We’re not in it to make money; we’re just in it to have fun,” he said.

The rules for racing include: It must be a child’s toy, such as a Big Wheel, but no motors or bicycles, and participants must not modify wheels or axles for the main race. Riders must wear either a motorcycle or bicycle helmet.

Nerf guns are allowed during the race, and everyone must be older than 15 and sign a waiver to participate.

There will be a “custom class” race where further modifications are allowed, but the ride still must be a child’s toy. A professional film crew will videotape all the races.

Registration for “Faceplant 500” starts at noon and the first race will be at 1:30 p.m. The cost to race is $10.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or