Jun 01

10th annual Ring Around Roses brings smiles all around

The 10th edition of the CRC’s Ring Around the Roses 5K, presented by UnitedHealthcare, was a special event for many reasons, including the beautiful weather, positive energy and support and the enthusiastic crowd which approached 400 people.

Organizers for the run/walk, held Monday, May 29, were thrilled with the support of the runners, walkers, sponsors and visitors who added so much to the event.

The race was won by Ian Walsh, of Easton, Pa., who finished the 3.1-mile course in 16 minutes and 20 seconds. The top overall female runner was Amy Parker of Hilliard, who ran a 19:36.

All profits raised by the race, through sponsorships and race registrations, benefit the many programs administered through the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center.

Those include a Choice Food Pantry that’s busier than ever, the Kids Club afterschool and summer program, Senior Supportive Services, Kinship Care and more.

Sponsors included the following supportive community businesses:

Presenting Sponsor – UnitedHealthcare;

Mile Marker Sponsor – WesBanco;

Neighborhood Champions – Caring Marketing Solutions, KEMBA Credit Union, Tom Scheid;

Community Investors – Allstate Insurance/Bob Erlanger, Civitan Club of North Columbus, Clinton Heights Lutheran Church, First Unitarian Universalist Church, Maple Grove United Methodist Church, MOMS Club of Clintonville, Music Go Round, State Rep. David Leland, North Broadway United Methodist Church, North Community Lutheran Church, Addie Davis-Holsinger/ReMax Capital Centre, Two Men and a Truck, Wesley Glen, Winkel Green & Company; and

Civic Supporters – Sara & Andy Adams, Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce, Clintonville Farmers Market, Dave Guy Family, HomeSchool Gym, Ruth Milligan/Dave Daiber Family, Kami Niehoff Licensed Massage Therapist, Weiland’s Market, Fusian, Columbus Running Company, Traxler Tees, Harper Stationers.

A number of local businesses also have made in-kind contributions to the event, either as part of prize packages for the winners or general giveaways. Those include Walgreens, Jersey Mike’s, Hibbett Sports, Sonic, the Flag Lady Store and Fusian.

For complete results from the race, administered by Columbus Running Company, click here.

All businesses and organizations which sponsor at the $300 level or above are welcome to participate in the CRC’s Vendors Village that will be open before, during and after the event.

For more information, call the CRC. For more photos from the event, please click here.

Kids Fun Runs were held before the main event, and the participants were warmed up by local resident Jackie Murphy and her daughter.

The event also featured the national anthem, wonderfully sung by Maddie Johnson, and the posting of the colors by Boy Scouts Troop 28 — who also provided a first-aid station for the 5K.

Along with the running and walking, participants were able to explore the CRC’s Vendors Village and learn about some of the supporters and partners of the agency. Those included the Whetstone 4H Club, Clintonville Quest, Clinton Heights and North Community Lutheran churches, North Broadway United Methodist Church and Maggie’s Matches.