By Amanda Amsel
A local non-profit will be hosting several events in an effort to raise money for children in need.
The Run the Race Club will be hosting its annual 5K at 9:30 a.m. on May 29 at St. Charles High School, 2010 E. Broad Street in Bexley. The club also will be hosting the Brian Muha Memorial Golf Outing at 6:30 a.m. on July 23 at Bent Tree Gold Club, 350 Bent Tree Road in Sunbury.
The proceeds from both events support free programs the club offers students who live in the Hilltop and Franklinton.
“We are a not-for-profit that operates mainly through the generosity of volunteers, organizations and donations of funds and material items,” said Rachel Muha, founder of the Run the Race Club. “If it weren’t for things like that, we could not do what we do because of the expense. So, the money we raise goes to keeping the center open, which means a lot less young people on the streets every day. They are busy, happy, learning and growing in a safe, loving environment with the goal of becoming productive citizen one day.”
The club aims to improve the lives of children who live on the westside by providing summer day camps, afterschool activities, preschool and other educational programming. The goal of the club, according to Muha, is to keep local children off the streets and inspire them to achieve greatness.
Muha formed the club in 2005 in an effort to turn a tragedy into something positive.
In 1999 Muha’s 18-year-old son, Brian was killed during an armed robbery at his off-campus house in Steubenville, Ohio. Brian was a sophomore at Franciscan University when two teenagers that were high on crack cocaine randomly broke into his home, assaulted him and his friend and murdered them.
“Brian wanted to be an inner city children’s doctor and wanted to make a difference in this world,” Muha said. “I wanted to do something to make Brian’s dream of helping inner city kids come true.”
Instead of letting this tragedy ruin her life, Muha decided to do everything in her power to help at risk children so that no other parents have to go through what she has been through.
“I also didn’t want Brian’s beautiful life to be associated with something so awful,” she said. “I wanted to do something in his memory and he loved children, so this club made sense to me.”
Today the club has helped countless children. In fact, according to Muha, the children who started at the center 10 years ago are now adults, something the center takes great pride in.
Both of these events are major fundraisers for the center and generate a large percentage of the revenue for the year. According to Muha, this year they hope more people will participate in both events than ever before. For the 5K, they hope to attract 500 runners.
The funds from both events will go toward the new preschool the club is opening in August, as well as scholarships for westside students.
If you are interested in participating in either event, contact the Run the Race Club at 614-276-2171. For more information on Run the Race Club, visit http://brianmuhafoundation.org.