The O'Bleness Health System is teaming up with the Ohio University Sports Administration Program and Athletes in Action to host the 3rd annual O'Bleness Health System Race For a Reason on April 26th. With the goal of raising $60,000 for charities and organizations and hosting over 800 participants, the O'Bleness Health System Race for a Reason is becoming the largest charity-based race event Athens has ever seen.
Each participant is encouraged to "race for his or her own reason" by raising funds through pledges. With OHIO student organizations, clubs, fraternities, sororities and additional community organizations involved, it will be possible to increase awareness for a variety of "reasons" with personal meaning to members of the Athens community.
This event is the only one of its kind, as it combines the competition of racing with the compassion of community awareness. No other event in Athens has three individual races working simultaneously to promote philanthropy, health and wellness, and fun.
The O'Bleness Health System Race for a Reason offers three distinct events:
33rd OU HCOM Medicine Run 5K presented by Diagnostic Hybrids: A traditional 5K run that will start adjacent to the triathlon transition area in Parking Lot #134. This course winds through scenic Emeriti Park and the Ohio University campus before intersecting with the Hocking Adena Bikeway. Competitors will enjoy views of the Hocking River and Ohio University Golf Course before finishing at TailGreat Park across from the Ohio University Convocation Center.
ROCKY Military Mud Run powered by OU ROTC: A 4.5 mile non-traditional run also starts adjacent to the triathlon transition area in Parking Lot #134. Runners will cross the Hocking River over the Richland Avenue Bridge, pass through the Richland Avenue Park, and travel down Diary Barn Lane before heading up to the ROTC Challenge course in the Ridges. Competitors will encounter obstacles throughout the course before heading down to a slip-n-slide finish line at TailGreat Park.
Athletes in Action Triathlon & Duathlon: A short sprint format (Triathlon: 500 meter Swim, 25k Bike, 5k Run: Duathlon 5k-Run, 25k-Bike, 5k-Run) that begins at the Ohio University Aquatic Center for the triathlon and in the transition area for the Duathlon. The bike route takes competitors out of town on a challenging course before returning to campus to complete a 5k run with a finish at TailGreat Park. Participants can choose to race alone, or team up with friends, family, or co-workers and enter as a three-person relay.