(Posted April 20, 2017)
The 8th Annual Rockin’ on the Run 5K Walk/Run and Family Day is set for 8 a.m.-noon May 20 at St. Patrick School, London. The non-profit’s goal is to raise $20,000 to benefit pediatric brain tumor research and hematology/oncology/BMT psychosocial services at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Until May 12, the entry fee is $25 for adults and children ages 2 and older. After May 12, the fee goes to $30. Day-of registration and packet pickup starts at 7:30 a.m. The family area opens at 8 and the race starts at 9. The first 500 people to cross the finish line receive finisher’s medals.
“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 ‘fun fund’ at Nationwide Children’s,” said Ashley Winebrenner, Rockin’ on the Run vice president.
Prior to the race, Jonathan L. Finlay, M.B., ChB., FRCP, and Scott Coven, M.D., 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, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, and additional entertainment. Vendors will donate a portion of their daily sales to Rockin’ on the Run.
Proceeds will be donated in honor of Erica Reagyn Semler, Kyra Longsdorf, Garrett Stout, Faith Brenly, Carrie Davis and Braxton Long—children who are fighting brain tumors—and in memory of Nate Elfrink and Violet Baier, children who lost their battles in February 2010 and December 2010, 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 of 20 and 39.
For a registration form or for more information, visit the Rockin’ on the Run Facebook page, log onto rockinontherun.org or email info@rockinontherun,org. To donate raffle or silent auction items, email email@example.com.
Event organizers are Ashley Winebrenner, Johnda Beathard, Beth Fordyce, Nick Yono, Dodie Winebrenner, Lisa Mittelkamp, and Heather Shingler.