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Athens County Food Pantry partners with O'Bleness Health System Race for a Reason to feed the hungry

Athens County has one of the highest poverty levels in Ohio, putting many families at risk of hunger. The Athens County Food Pantry has partnered with the O’Bleness Health System Race for a Reason to help feed the Athens Community and raise awareness of the local need.

The largest charity-based race event in Athens, the O’Bleness Health Systems Race for a Reason will be held April 27. A joint venture between Ohio University Athletes in Action and The Center for Sports Administration, the event allows individuals to raise funds for the charity of their choice, with a portion of each participant’s registration fee donated back to that cause.

The Athens Food Pantry is an all-volunteer organization started by a number of area churches in 1981. Their mission is quite simple: to provide supplemental and/or emergency food assistance to eligible Athens County residents who find themselves in need.

“We know the need is so desperate and widespread, but since most of us do not come into contact with this, we are unaware,” said Jill Doose, chair of the food pantry’s board. “One of our reasons for partnering with the O’Bleness Health System Race for a Reason is to create community awareness. The Athens County Food Pantry plays a critical role in the community. We served over 4,000 households last year, and we could served more if we have the resources.”  

A donation of $12 can feed a family for three days.  

The O’Bleness Health System Race For A Reason includes three competitions:

  • Athletes in Action Triathlon: A short sprint format that begins at the Ohio University Aquatic Center heading out of town on a challenging 10K bike course before returning to campus to complete either the 5K or the Mud Run and finish at Tail Great Park.
  • ROCKY Military Mud Run powered by OU ROTC: A nontraditional four-mile run starting on campus, then heading up to the Army ROTC Challenge course at the Ridges before returning to the slip-n-slide finish line at Tail Great Park.
  • 33rd Annual OU HCOM Medicine Run (5K) presented by Diagnostic Hybrids: A traditional 5K run that will start on campus and finish at Tail Great Park.

After the races comes Fitness Fest in Tail Great Park, with the awards ceremony, prizes and refreshments.

To support the Athens County Food Pantry’s Reason to race, visit www.imathlete.com/donate/AthensCountyFoodPantry. To volunteer with the food pantry, e-mail them at acfoodpantry@gmail.com.

For more information about the O’Bleness Health Systems Race for a Reason and to register, visit http://ouraceforareason.com/, and follow the event on Twitter (@OURace4Reason) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/OBlenessHealthSystemRaceForAReason).

Questions about Race for a Reason?

Please contact Kate McGowan or Mike Wendling, event co-directors of O’Bleness Health System Race for a Reason, at ohioraceforareason@gmail.com or 740-401-9482.