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OHIOHEALTH O’BLENESS HOSPITAL RACE FOR A REASON (TRI/DU, MUD RUN, 5K RUN, 3K WALK)

April 21, 2018

Ohio University Sports Administration and Athletes in Action are teaming up with OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital to host the 7th Annual OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital Race for a Reason. Last year, more than 1,100 people participated in one of the four on-campus events, and the race raised upwards of $100,000 for 100+ charities, non-profits, and student organizations. The OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital Race for a Reason is the only event of this kind: combining the competition of racing with the compassion of the Athens community. This year, the race hopes to surpass last year’s totals and raise over $125,000 while hosting over 1,500 participants. Join us in reaching these goals and sign up today! Find out more and register here.

UPCOMING RACES:

April 2, 2018

Helen Georgia Triathlon Training Camp

April 21, 2018

OhioHealth O'Bleness Hospital Race for a Reason

June 1, 2018

American Triple-T & Lil' Smokies Tri

June 9, 2018

Deer Creek State Park

June 16, 2018

Maumee Bay State Park

Race Packet Pick-Up

Walter Fieldhouse

Friday, April 20

  • 5K Run 3K Walk, Mud Run, Triathlon/Duathlon — 4:00–8:00pm

Saturday, April 21

  • Triathlon/Duathlon — 6:00–7:30am
  • 5K Run, 3K Walk, Mud Run — 7:45–9:15am

AWARDS

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

Triathlon/Duathlon — Coffee mugs awarded for 1st to 3rd place in all age groups; all tri/duathletes receive a finisher’s medal.

RaceEarly Registration (THRU 4/3/18)30 Days Before Race (4/4/18 - 4/20/18)
Tri/Du$55$70
3-Person Du Relay$100$115
3-Person Tri Relay$100$115
Collegiate Devision$40$60
Student Organizational Relay$60$60
5K Run$25$25
Mud Run$25$25
3K Walk$20$20

* Prices above reflect cost for USAT Annual Members only. All other triathlon/duathlon MUST have a valid USAT membership or purchase a one-day USAT membership to compete in the Triathlon/Duathlon. Mud Run, 5k Run, and 3k Walk participants do not need to purchase USAT membership.
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.

REGISTRATION NOTES

  • 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.

RACE PACKETS

Registered Racers will receive a Gift Bag including an Official Race T-Shirt (If Registered by 4/1/2018) 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 the5K/MudRun/Tri.

Download the T-Shirt Sizing Chart here

Race for a Reason Weekend Schedule

Friday, April 20Saturday, April 21
4–8PM — FITNESS FEST — Race Expo and packet pick-up at Walter Fieldhouse
6–7AM –
Triathlon/Duathlon Packet Pick-Up
7:45–9:15AM –
5K, 3K, Mud Run Packet Pick-Up

Race for a Reason Start Times

Saturday, April 21
6AM-7:30AM – Triathlon transition open (Parking Lot #134), Chip pick-up & late packet pick-up (Walter Fieldhouse)
7–7:30AM — Triathlon warm-up (Aquatic Center)
7:45AM — Triathlon pre-race meeting & prayer
8AM – Triathlon start (Aquatic Center), Duathlon start (Parking Lot #133)
9:30AM — Mud Run start (Peden Stadium)
9:45AM — 5K Run start (Parking Lot #133)
10AM — 3K Walk start (Peden Stadium)
10:30AM — Award Presentations (Walter Fieldhouse)
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.
  • 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 — racing only the swim and bike portions only (no running)
  *The elite divisions are only for the sprint, Olympic & half distance triathlon or duathlon participants. Those competing in these divisions are not eligible for age group awards.

COURSE MAPS

RACE EVENT STAGING

Race weekend kicks off with this super fun event that offers kids up to 15 years old a fun swimming, biking and running event. What kid does not like to swim, bike and run? The Kidz Triathlon & Duathlon features kid friendly point-to-point swim courses (or opening runs for duathletes) in waist deep water along the beach, followed by either a 5k or 10k bike course and finishing with a cross country run within the park. Children racing must be able to swim the course without a life jacket and ride the bike course on a bike without training wheels. Parents/siblings/friends are not allowed to swim/ride/run alongside the kids during the race at any time.

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QUIDEL 5K RUN PRESENTED BY OHIO UNIVERSITY CREDIT UNION

The 5K Run starts at 9:45am on South Green Drive, adjacent to the triathlon transition area (in front of Walter Fieldhouse in Parking Lot #133.) One lane of South Green Drive is closed to vehicular traffic from 9:45am until 10am while runners travel east before jumping on the sidewalk at the South Green Drive extension. Runners make a right onto Elliott Street and continue along the sidewalk until coming to Campbell Street. After turning right onto Campbell Street, runners follow this road past a water station before it intersects with Stimson Avenue. Runners turn right onto Stimson Avenue and follow that until the sidewalk merges onto the Hocking Adena Bikeway, where runners will continue on until finishing at Walter Fieldhouse.

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OU ROTC MUD RUN PRESENTED BY THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS

The 4.5-mile non-traditional Mud Run starts at 9:30am inside Peden Stadium. Runners follow the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway and cross under the Richland Avenue Bridge before making a sharp right, climbing up onto and 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 at Walter Fieldhouse.

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POWER 105 3K WALK

The 3K Walk that starts at 10am inside Ohio University’s Peden Stadium. This out-and-back course winds along the scenic Hockhocking Adena Bikeway towards OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital before turning around to return to Peden Stadium.

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COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES AND PROFESSIONS TRIATHLON

The sprint triathlon begins at the Ohio University Aquatic Center at 8am, or in front of Walter Fieldhouse for duathlon participants. After completing the 500m swim inside the Aquatic Center, participants enter the transition area to begin the bike portion of the race, along this year’s new bike course. After leaving town and returning to campus, participants complete the 5K run detailed above, finishing the sprint triathlon inside Walter Fieldhouse.

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ALUMNI REMOTE RACE

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 together with friends on the morning of April 21 and swim, bike, run, walk, or do some other form of physical activity with a team. Be sure to post pictures using #RFAR2018, to join the conversation and share your remote race experience.

ABOUT THE VENUE

Ohio University Campus

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

Ohio University Sports Administration and Athletes in Action are teaming up with OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital to host the 7th Annual OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital Race for a Reason.

Last year, more than 1,100 people participated in one of the four on-campus events, and the race raised upwards of $100,000 for 100+ charities, non-profits, and student organizations. The OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital Race for a Reason is the only event of this kind: combining the competition of racing with the compassion of the Athens community.

This year, the race hopes to surpass last year’s totals and raise over $125,000 while hosting over 1,500 participants. Join us in reaching these goals and sign up today!

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