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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Are You Ready to Storm the Bastille?

That’s right – Bastille Days are quickly approaching and on the opening night of the festival (July 12th, 2012 at 9 p.m.) BMO Harris Bank will be hosting the annual Storm of the Bastille. Participation of the event is expected to reach over 5000 runners and walkers who will take to the streets of Downtown Milwaukee in honor of the 18th century attack on Paris’ Bastille prison.

This year’s event includes a 5-K run or 2-mile walk starting on North Jefferson Street, adjacent to Cathedral Square Park. Participants will then be taken throughout scenic downtown Milwaukee and the Historic Third Ward. Following the event, participants are encouraged to explore the festival grounds and enjoy the Bastille Days’ entertainment.

All registered participants will receive a race packet with some goodies including their race number, as well as a commemorative long-sleeved Storm the Bastille t-shirt. Race packets will be available for early pick-up at the East Town Association offices from July 9th to July 11th or on race day at the Deloitte booth at the corner of Jefferson & Wells. It is asked that you visit the booth at least one hour prior to the start of the race to receive your race packet.

Registration costs $20 in advance or $25 on race day. There are various ways to register in advance including registering online, by mail, or in person at the East Town Association offices. If instead you plan to register on race day, you are asked to visit the Deloitte booth at the intersection of Jefferson & Wells between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. to register for the event and receive your race packet.

Bastille Days runs from July 12th to July 15th in downtown Milwaukee’s Cathedral Square Park and is one of America’s largest French-themed festivals. The popular four day event is expected to attract over 250,000 visitors with its live music, international marketplace, roaming buskers, and tasty French cuisine.

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