OhioHealth and Ohio University Sports Administration are teaming up to host the 9th Annual OhioHealth Race for a Reason. Last year, 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. This year we are excited to add a Kid’s Splash & Dash event and a Mud Run team competition. 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. This year, the race hopes to surpass last year’s totals and raise over $80,000 while hosting over 1,000 participants. Join us in helping to reach these goals and sign up today! Find out more and register here.
Online registration opens on January 1, 2020 at Midnight.
Grover Center, 53 Richland Ave, Athens, OH 45701
The awards ceremony is scheduled for 10:15am in the Grover Center.
Note: Participants must be present to receive awards. No awards will be mailed race participants.
Quidel 5K Run and OU ROTC 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.
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.
|Race||Early Registration (THRU 3/30/20)||Regular Registration (3/31/20 - 4/24/20)|
|>> 3-Person Du Relay||$100||$115|
|>> 3-Person Tri Relay||$100||$115|
|>> Collegiate Division||$40||$60|
|>> Student Organizational Relay||$60||$60|
|Kid's Splash & Dash*||$25*||$25*|
|Quidel 5K Run||$25||$25|
|OU ROTC Mud Run (Individual)||$25||$25|
|OU ROTC Mud Run (5 person team)||$100||$100|
|Power 105.5 3K Walk||$20||$20|
|OU-HCOM 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.
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/ROTC Mud Run/Tri and Splash & Dash. No awards will be mailed.
|Friday, April 24||Saturday, April 25|
|5–8PM — FITNESS FEST — Race Expo and packet pick-up at Grover Center||6–7AM –
CSHP Triathlon/Duathlon Packet Pick-Up
Quidel 5K, Power 105.5 3K, ROTC Mud Run Packet Pick-Up
|Saturday, April 25|
|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)|
|8:30AM — Kid’s Splash & Dash (Aquatic Center)|
|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.
*The elite divisions are only for the triathlon or duathlon participants. Those competing in these divisions are not eligible for age group awards.
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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The 5K Run starts at 9:45am inside Peden Stadium. Runners will exit the stadium through the Southwest corner 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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The 4.5-mile non-traditional ROTC 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.
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 at 8:30am. 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 towards parking lot #132, pass Peden Stadium, and connect with the bike path. 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 Sports Administration and Valor are teaming up with OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital to host the 8th Annual OhioHealth Race for a Reason. Last year, more than 775 people participated in one of the four on-campus events, and the race raised upwards of $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. This year, the race hopes to surpass last year’s totals and raise over $65,000 while hosting over 900 participants. Join us in reaching these goals and sign up today! Find out more and register here.