9th Annual Rockin’ on the Run aims to raise $25,000

Members of the McKenzie family made the most of the facepainting booth at Rockin’ on the Run. This year’s event is May 19.

(Posted May 2, 2018)

The 9th Annual Rockin’ on the Run 5K Fun Walk/Run and Family Day is set for 8 a.m.-noon May 19 at St. Patrick School in London. The goal is to raise $25,000 to benefit pediatric brain tumor research and hematology/oncology/BMT psychosocial services at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Until May 11, the entry fee is $25 for adults and children over 2 years old. After that date, registration is $30 and there is a limited opportunity to receive the official Rockin’ on the Run t-shirt and swag bag. Day-of registration and packet pick-up begins at 7:30 a.m., the family area opens at 8 a.m., and the race starts at 9 a.m. The first 500 people to cross the finish line receive a finisher’s medal.

“We offer a unique opportunity to allow our participants to decide which fund they would like their money to go toward: brain tumor research or H12’s (the Hematology/Oncology/BMT floor) “fun-fund” at Nationwide Children’s.” said Ashley Winebrenner, vice president of Rockin’ on the Run.

Prior to the race, Jonathan L. Finlay, MB, ChB, FRCP, and Scott Coven, MD, will address the crowd about the importance of pediatric cancer research and fundraising support.

After the race, participants are invited to enjoy free carnival games, merchandise vendors, face painting, a caricaturist, a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, and additional entertainment. Vendors will donate a portion of their sales to Rockin’ on the Run.

Proceeds will be donated in honor of Erica Reagyn Semler, Kyra Longsdorf, Garrett Stout, Faith Brenly, Carrie Davis Logan Kinzel and Zachary Samuel, children who are fighting brain tumors, and in memory of Nate Elfrink, Violet Baier and Braxton Long, children who lost their courageous battles in February 2010, December 2010, and July 2017, respectively.

Brain tumors are the leading cause of solid tumor death in children under the age of 20 and are the third leading cause of cancer death in young adults between the ages 20-39.

For a registration form or for more information, visit the Rockin’ on the Run Facebook page, log on to rockinontherun.org or send an email to info@rockinontherun.org. To donate raffle or silent auction items, send an e-mail to info@rockinontherun.org.

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