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Posted on: October 5, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Daffin Park Trail to be named after Robert Espinoza

For Immediate Release
Date: October 5, 2015

WHAT: Ribbon cutting ceremony, sign unveiling and group jog to celebrate the newly constructed running trail around Daffin Park, which will be named after longtime running advocate Robert Espinoza.

WHEN: 6 p.m. Tuesday, October 6

WHERE: The start of the trail at Daffin Park on Washington Avenue, near its intersection with Waters Avenue.

WHO: Members of Savannah City Council and City staff will join Mr. Espinoza’s family and members of the local running community, including representatives from Fleet Feet Sports.

WHY: The five-month SPLOST-funded project creates a continuous 1.5-mile loop of rubberized walking and jogging surface around the perimeter of Daffin Park. The surface makes for a softer running and jogging trail, promoting active lifestyles and a healthier Savannah. The project also includes new crosswalks, and a new sidewalk along Bee Road.

Robert Espinoza was a longtime Savannah running advocate who died earlier this year. He was co-owner of Fleet Feet Sports, located near Daffin Park. Mr. Espinoza worked tirelessly to promote running throughout Savannah. He was instrumental in developing a number of major races that raised millions of dollars for charities across the community, including the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, the Critz Tybee Run Fest, the Savannah Bridge Run, Tunnel to Towers, the Savannah Rock N Roll Marathon, and many others.

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