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O’Bleness Hospital, Sports Administration invites Bobcats to Race for a Reason


The 6th annual OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital Race for a Reason had participants sprinting, swimming, biking and mud-running throughout the Ohio University campus, and remotely across the nation. Race for a Reason is the only event of its kind: combining the competition of racing with the compassion of the Athens community.

Hosted this year on April 22 in conjunction with OHIO Sports Administration and Athletes in Action, the event raised upwards of $70,000 for various charities, non-profits and student organizations.

More than 700 people participated in one of five distinct events: The College of Health Sciences and Professions Triathlon, Quidel 5K Run presented by Ohio University Credit Union, OU ROTC Mud Run presented by the College of Business, Power 105 3K Walk, and Ohio Alumni Association Remote Race presented by OU-HCOM.

The Remote Race provided an opportunity for those who couldn’t be in Athens on race day to be a part of the event from any location. OHIO alumni and friends got together to run, swim, bike and walk with their own remote teams across the country.

“It was motivating to see so many people in Athens and across the nation so excited to race to make a difference,” said Dawn Werry, senior director of external relations for the OHIO Alumni Association. “Participants achieved personal fitness goals while also supporting the organizations they are most passionate about.”

Participants were invited to share their experiences using the hashtag #RFAR2017. Here’s a look at our favorites:

Remote Race for a Reason

Brent Culver, MBA ’15, MSA ’16, ran the remote race down south on behalf of Bobcats in Alabama and Georgia. 

Remote Race for a Reason

Kali Krisik, MBA ’15, MSA ’16, ran in support of Lilly’s Sunshine, a Cystic Fibrosis fundraiser. In total, OHIO Sports Administration raised more than $18,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Lilly’s Sunshine. 

Remote Race for a Reason

Adam Ahearn, MSA ’13, participated in the remote race from Madison, Wisconsin. The alumnus ran the 5K in support of The Jason Anderson Foundation for Youth Sports, a non-profit that provides funds for children wanting to play sports. Anderson, MSA ’13, passed away tragically in an automobile accident in 2015. 

Remote Race for a Run

Michelle Gulino, MSA ’16, ran the remote 5K with a furry friend in Charlotte, North Carolina, to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 

Remote Race for a Reason

Courtney Ksiazek, MSA ’16, enjoyed a beautiful lakefront view while running remotely in Minneapolis.