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Participants can fundraise for a charity of choice at O'Bleness Health System Race for a Reason April 28.

Photo courtesy of: Allie Pisching

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Race for a Reason is hosted by Ohio University Center for Sports Administration and Athletes in Action.

Photo courtesy of: Allie Pisching

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Athletes can choose between three events, a 5K road race, a triathlon or a mud run, being promoted here.

Photo courtesy of: Allie Pisching

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Sports Business Association remembers peer at Saturday's Race for a Reason

Ohio University Center for Sports Administration and Athletes in Action host charity events


Spring at Ohio University can be identified by cherry blossoms and warm weather, but it would never be such without the swarm of 5K races that take over the streets of Athens beginning each March. Among the runs and hustles for "insert charity here," emerges the idea of a race where each individual participant works toward a personalized cause.

O'Bleness Health System Race for a Reason will introduce that concept April 28.
 
Hosted by Ohio University Center for Sports Administration and Athletes in Action, the charity event allows athletes to choose between three different courses: a 5K road race, a mud run and a triathlon. Individuals as well as student organizations can participate in any of the courses, and when student organizations register for either the 5K or mud run, half of its members' entry fees will automatically be donated to their chosen reason.

"It's great for organizations as we take care of all the logistics – T-shirts, race sponsors, volunteers and permits," said Allie Pisching, second-year sports administration graduate student and event chair for the O'Bleness Health System Race for a Reason. "We're just encouraging them to come out and participate."

The call for group participation and the distinctive setup of the race was not lost on Andrew Wade, senior sports administration major and president of the Sports Business Association (SBA). Wade brought the race to the attention of SBA, and members were motivated by the idea that they could raise money for any charity they wished.

The SBA team, which includes Wade, will race for the Bradley Allen Moorhead Scholarship, which is awarded each year to a senior sports management student at Ohio University's Athens campus. Moorhead, a former sports management student at Ohio University, was killed in a car accident in 2005 while driving to his internship.

A 2001 graduate of Centerville High School in Dayton, Ohio, Moorhead was set to graduate from the OHIO sports management program in 2005. While on campus, he was involved in the Sports Marketing Club, now SBA. According to Wade, Moorhead was known for his love of athletics and his altruistic nature.

"(He) was a friend to all, and will always be remembered for his kind heart," wrote Wade on the Race for a Reason registration website.

In the past, SBA carried on Moorhead's benevolence by fundraising for his scholarship each year at the B.A.M. 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament. Wade said SBA is excited to have another route to fundraise for the scholarship.

"Raising money to help people is something a lot of students believe in at OU, and this is just one way we can give back as students and members of the Athens community," he said.

Moorhead's story is one of eight reasons featured on the Race for a Reason website. New registrants can add their own reasons or contribute to one of the existing causes, adding an exciting, personal twist to Saturday's event, according to Pisching.

"It's great to see people taking part in something that moves them," she said.

For more information on the O'Bleness Health System Race for a Reason, visit http://www.sportsad.ohio.edu/events/raceforareason/.