Rockin’ and runnin’

Messenger photos by Kristy Zurbrick
The Sabine family from Circleville–(from left) Seth pushing Sadie Joe, 9 months old, Wade, 5, and Bridgette–sprints the last few yards to the finish line at this year’s Rockin’ on the Run, a 5K run/walk held May 19 in London to benefit pediatric brain tumor research. Bridgette works at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the race’s beneficiary, and signed up to support the cause.

(Posted May 23, 2018)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

“We hit our goal!”

A couple of days after this year’s Rockin’ on the Run, Ashley Winebrenner, one of the event’s organizers, was thrilled to report the annual 5K run/walk and family fun day raised over $25,000.

The money goes to pediatric brain tumor research and psychosocial services for the hematology/oncology/BMT unit at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

The event took place May 19 at St. Patrick School in London. Winebrenner worried that turnout would suffer due to high humidity and the threat of rain.

“But we had more registrations and finishers than we’ve ever had,” she said. “I think people come out anyway because it’s such a good cause.”

More than 400 people registered to run or walk the 3.1-mile course; 324 finished it, including winner, Joshua Mason, 36, of London in a time of 19:56. The first female finisher was Nicole LaSota, 39, of Powell in a time of 23:05.

Also among the finishers was a large contingent of people all dressed in gray in support of Zachary Samuel, a boy from London diagnosed with a brain tumor this past year. Another large group hailed from the pre-veterinary program at Tolles Career and Technical Center; they walked in support of fellow student, Reagyn Semler, a brain cancer survivor.

This was the third time Joe Mullins participated in Rockin’ on the Run. This time around, he covered much of the 3.1-mile course with his granddaughter, Isabell French, 4, riding on his shoulders.

The 5K wasn’t the only attraction at Rockin’ on the Run. Activity booths, facepainting, caricatures, raffles, and a silent auction featuring hundreds of items also were part of the event.

“One of the new things we did this year was a mystery box,” Winebrenner said. “We gave people clues. There were people standing by it all day, waiting to outbid each other. It went really well! It brought in over $300.” The box contained a computer tablet, a jersey signed by former Ohio State University football player Ezekiel Elliott, and various gift cards.

Winebrenner and her fellow organizers are already looking forward to next year when the event will celebrate its 10th anniversary. The finisher medals will feature a design commemorating the milestone, and the public will be invited to enter a contest to design the shirts given out to survivors.

Rockin’ on the Run 2019 will take place May 18.

Go to for details and to read about the children who inspire the event.

Tim Winebrenner reads off names of raffle prize winners. St. Patrick School gym, the hub for this year’s Rockin’ on the Run, was packed with raffle prizes and silent auction items.
Students from Tolles Career and Technical Center, along with their teacher, Pam Snider (center), posed for a composite caricature portrait at Rockin’ on the Run. The group, which numbered about 12 altogether, turned out in support of fellow pre-veterinary student, Reagyn Semler, a brain tumor survivor. Also pictured here are: (bottom row, from left) Tamara Beauman and Lilian Chindavong; (top row) Jenna Bechtel and Ashley Bowen.


A facepainting station proved popular among the younger Rockin’ on the Run participants, including Josie Ruble, 9, who opted for a dinosaur decoration. She and her family–parents, Mike and Robyn, and sister, Camille, 7, of Choctaw Lake–all participated in the run/walk.
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