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OhioHealth Race for a Reason


April 22 & 23, 2022

OhioHealth and Ohio University Sports Administration are teaming up to host the 10th Annual OhioHealth Race for a Reason. The last time the in-person event was held more than 750 people participated in one of the four on-campus events, and the race raised upwards of $55,000 for 53+ charities, non-profits, and student organizations. The OhioHealth Race for a Reason is the only event of this kind: combining the competition of racing with the compassion of the Athens and Southeastern Ohio community.

  • College of Health Sciences and Professionals Triathlon/Duathlon
  • 5K Presented by OUCU Financial
  • OU ROTC Mud Run Presented by Hugh White Honda of Athens
  • Power 105.5 3K Walk Presented by Steak ‘n Shake
  • OU Heritage College of Medicine Remote Race
  • Youth Splash and Dash presented by Larry’s Dawg House


Race Packet Pick-Up

Grover Center, 53 Richland Ave, Athens, OH 45701

Friday, April 22

  • 5:00–8:00pm

Saturday, April 23

  • 6:00–7:30am
  • 7:45–9:15am


The awards ceremony is scheduled for 11:00 am in the Grover Center.

Note: Participants must be present to receive awards. No awards will be mailed race participants.

5K Run and Mud Run — Medals awarded for 1st to 3rd place in all age groups.

CHSP Triathlon/Duathlon — Drinking glasses awarded for 1st to 3rd place in all age groups; all tri/duathletes and splash & dash participants receive a finisher’s medal.

Race Distances

  • Triathlon: 500m Swim – 10.65mi Bike – 3.2mi Run
  • Duathlon: 3.2mi Run – 10.65mi Bike – 3.2mi Run
  • Splash & Dash (ages 7-10): 100m Swim, 1K Run
  • Splash & Dash (ages 11-15): 200m Swim, 2K Run


For those who prefer to race one element of the triathlon or duathlon we offer a relay division for our sprint and Olympic distance triathlons and duathlons. Relay teams consist of three (3) members (1 swimmer, 1 biker, 1 runner), each member will complete one segment of the race (2 members for duathlon teams).  Each team member will exchange their timing chip bracelet at their assigned bike rack. There are NO age groups in this division.

RaceEarly Registration (THRU 3/31/20)Regular Registration (4/1/20 - 4/24/20)
CHSP Tri/Du*$60$75
>> 3-Person Du Relay*$105$120
>> 3-Person Tri Relay*$105$120
>> Collegiate Division*$45$65
>> Student Organizational Relay*$65$65
Youth Splash & Dash*$30*$30*
5K Run$25$25
Mud Run (Individual)$25$25
Mud Run (5-person team)$100$100
3K Walk$20$20
Remote Race$20$20

*Prices above reflect cost for USAT Annual Members only. All other triathlon/duathlon & kid’s splash & dash participants MUST have a valid USAT membership or purchase a one-day USAT membership to compete in the Triathlon/Duathlon. If you are not a USAT member, you may purchase a one-day membership for the triathlon/duathlon event at $15 when registering. Youth 17 & under may purchase an annual membership for $10. Mud Run, 5k Run, and 3k Walk participants do not need to purchase USAT memberships.


  • Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Fees listed above do not include the online TriRegistration processing fee.
  • There will be limited race day registration. Anyone signing up day of will NOT be included in the award results and will have to join an existing “Reason”.
  • USA Triathlon Rule 3.2a. All age group athletes must participate and compete in the age group division corresponding to the athlete’s age on December 31 of the year of the event.
  • If using a discount or sale code, only one code can be used per transaction.


Registered Racers will receive a Gift Bag including an Official Race T-Shirt (If Registered by 4/5/2020) upon check in. There will be food and beverage available after the race for all participants. Finishers medals will be available for all Triathlon and duathlon racers. Individuals must be present for the awards ceremony to receive any earned awards for the 5K/Mud Run/Tri and Splash & Dash. No awards will be mailed.

Download the T-Shirt Sizing Chart here

Race for a Reason Weekend Schedule

Friday, April 22Saturday, April 23
5–8PM — FITNESS FEST — Race Expo and packet pick-up at Grover Center
6–7AM –
CSHP Triathlon/Duathlon LATE Packet Pick-Up
5:30PM - Warm-up: 6:00 PM START - Youth Splash & Dash (Aquatics Center)7:45–9:30AM –
5K, 3K, Mud Run LATE Packet Pick-Up

Race for a Reason Start Times

Saturday, April 23
6AM-7:30AM – Triathlon transition open (Parking Lot #132), Chip pick-up & late packet pick-up (Grover Center)
7–7:15AM — Triathlon warm-up (Aquatic Center)
7:15AM — Triathlon pre-race meeting & prayer
7:30AM – CHSP Triathlon start (Aquatic Center), Duathlon start (Peden Stadium)
9:30AM — OU ROTC Mud Run start (TailGreat Park)
9:45AM — Quidel 5K Run start (Peden Stadium)
10AM — Power 105.5 3K Walk start (TailGreat Park)
11AM — Award Presentations (Grover Center)
12PM — Post-Race Party starts at Jackie O's Taproom, Brewpub, and Public House

USA Triathlon Rule 3.2a All age group athletes must participate and compete in the age group division corresponding to the athlete’s age on December 31 of the year of the event.

  • Adult Age Groups — 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+
  • Elite Open* — Amateur 15-39 years old, has chance to finish in top 10 overall
  • Elite Master* — Amateur 40-49 years old, has chance to finish in top 10 overall
  • Elite Grand Master* — Amateur 50+ years old, has chance to finish in top 10 overall
  • Clydesdale — Males racing weight groups in two age groups:
    • under 40 & 220+lbs
    • over 40 & 220+lbs
  • Athena — Females racing weights group, not age group — 150lbs+
  • Aquabike (AB) — racing only the swim and bike portions only (no running)

*The elite divisions are only for the triathlon or duathlon participants. Those competing in these divisions are not eligible for age group awards.

Bikeway Rules of Etiquette

  1. All users stay to the right to maintain two-way traffic
  2. Pass on the left – slow down and call out before passing
  3. Move off pavement when stopped
  4. Bicycle riding in a reckless manner is prohibited
  5. Leave plants and flowers intact
  6. Remember, the path is shared by bikers, joggers, handicapped individuals, children, bird watchers, and others

For the safety of race participants South Green Drive in front of Peden Stadium will be closed and barricaded on race day. There will be available parking in Lots # 127, 128, 129, 133, and 134 (See map)



All events finish next to the Peden Stadium in parking lot #132. Race day packet pick up and race day activities are inside the Grover Center. Reference the map for the start line for the event you are participating in.

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OU Race for a Reason staging area map


The 5K Run starts at 9:45am in Parking Lot #132. Runners will exit through the Southwest corner of Parking Lot #132 and head towards the Hocking Adena Bikeway. Runners will continue along the Bikeway until the turnaround point after Stimson Street then head back to finish in lot #132 next to Peden Stadium.

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Mud Run Presented by Hugh White Honda of Athens

The 3.5-mile non-traditional Mud Run starts at 9:30am in TailGreat Park, across Richland from Peden Stadium. Runners will start crossing the Richland Avenue Bridge. Runners continue along this path, through the tunnel, and across a field into the Richland Avenue Park before traveling down Dairy Barn Lane. A large hill will lead participants off the road and up toward the ROTC Challenge Course in The Ridges. While in The Ridges, participants tackle several obstacles before finishing in parking lot #132 next to Peden Stadium.

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The 3K Walk starts at 10am or when the last triathlon cyclists clears the bike path. The start location for the 3k Walk is TailGreat Park. This out-and-back course winds along the scenic Hocking Adena Bikeway towards OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital before turning around and finishing in parking lot #132 next to Peden Stadium. Please make sure to walk no more than two abreast on the Hocking Adena Bikeway to facilitate two way traffic.

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The sprint triathlon begins at the Ohio University Aquatic Center at 7:30am, or in Peden Stadium for duathlon participants. After completing the 500m swim inside the Aquatic Center, participants enter the transition area, located in parking lot #132, to begin the bike portion of the race. After leaving town and returning to campus, participants complete the 3.2mi run detailed above, finishing the sprint triathlon in parking lot #132 next to Peden Stadium.

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The Remote Race provides a unique opportunity for alumni and friends that can’t join us in Athens on race day to be a part of the event from any location. Get out and take a run any day in April with a team or on your own to support from afar. Be sure to post pictures using #RFAR2020, to join the conversation and share your remote race experience.

Youth Splash & Dash Presented by Larry's Dawg House

A Splash and Dash is a fun and fast-growing sport that combines swimming and running. This event is intended for participants ages 7-15. Registrants between the ages 7-10 will conduct a 100 meter Swim and a 1 Kilometer Run, while ages 11-15 will complete a 200 meter Swim and a 2 Kilometer Run. The focus is on participation rather than competition. This event will expose youth participants to USA Triathlon and the exciting world of multisport! All participants must possess a $10 USA Triathlon annual youth membership which can be purchased during the registration process.

The Splash & Dash begins at the Ohio University Aquatic Center on Friday evening at 6:00 pm. After completing the swim inside the Aquatic Center, participants will put on their running shoes and exit the building.  After exiting the aquatics center participants will run the sidewalks in a counter-clockwise direction circling the Aquatics Center, Bird Area, and Grover Center finishing at the south end of the Grover Center. Once reaching the designated turn-around point participants we head back toward parking lot #132 and the race finish. All splash and dash participants will receive a finishers medal.

Map coming soon!


Ohio University Campus

43-53 S Green Dr, Athens, OH 45701 |  Website

Ohio University Sports Administration and Valor are teaming up with OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital to host the annual OhioHealth Race for a Reason.  Each year, the race has raised over $45,000 for 45+ charities, non-profits, and student organizations. The OhioHealth Race for a Reason is the only event of this kind: combining the competition of racing with the compassion of the Athens community.  Join us in reaching these goals and sign up today! Find out more and register here.