Letter to the editor: Rockin’ on the Run postponed

(Posted May 1, 2020)

The following is a message from organizers of Rockin’ on the Run, an annual walk/run and family festival in London that raises money for pediatric brain tumor research.

We hope that you and your families are safe and healthy. While these times are uncertain, we know this strong community will come together for a great cause very soon.

If you are anything like we are, getting some physical activity in each and every day is not only great for our bodies but also our mental health. Be sure to take a walk, run or bike ride with your family if you are able.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we have been carefully monitoring this national emergency unfold. We have been in close contact with Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation, the city of London and multiple first responder offices. We also polled you, our amazing community, on social media. We want to thank all of those people who are helping us to make this difficult decision.

Our top priority is to help #flattenthecurve and to keep our community healthy. With this goal in mind, we have decided to postpone this year’s Rockin’ on the Run, originally scheduled for May 16.

Our new date will be determined based on the governor’s rulings on social distancing. Please watch our social media channels, we will post updates there as they come in.

With a new date this year, we need your help. We will be putting up our regular yard signs and banners, so we need you to spread the word that for just this year our date has changed. When you see one of our social media posts, please give us a reaction and share our posts and emails with others.

Since this year will be so different, we were thinking of adding some fun things to the different races. How do you feel about a sunset run? A slip-n-slide? Send us your ideas about challenges and rewards for running both the 5K and 1-miler events.

We are so proud of our community and supporters. We know so many first responders and frontline workers support our cause, and we want you to know how much we appreciate you and your expertise. We also want to highlight those who are following the rules and staying home. Thank you for your help in #stoppingthespread.

Stay safe and stay healthy. I can’t wait to see what this year’s event will look like.

Go to www.rockinontherun.org for event details and contact information.

Ashley Winebrenner

Rockin’ on the Run

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