In 2020 with a retreat from live events due to circumstances in the world, we began the Virtual #stronglikeJ5K Race Series. In September we held our first Virtual 5K as the launch of a 3-part race series meant to engage families and help all of us to get out and moving in support of a great cause. We also the loved that the Virtual option would allow friends outside of our area the opportunity to participate as well.
End of September is a beautiful time of year in Ohio, specifically, and the weather that weekend was beautiful. The second leg, held in January - our COLD RUN, was again a beautiful weekend weather-wise and we certainly needed the sunglasses. Finally, we wrapped up in June as summer was once again starting and enjoyed the third weekend of sun and racing. Participants could add on unique t-shirts or sweatshirts or tanks for each race type and our winter runners received a custom knit #stronglikeJ5K beanie to help them keep their melons warm as they raced. Those who completed all 3 legs received an "I AM STRONG" medal.
As we initially steered away from a 5K (everyone does one after all and we aren't everyone) but as need created our virtual race series it also gave us a bit more insight into what a 5K can do - Bring People Together. And that is something we are really excited about as we shift our virtual series to a Live Race. Don't worry COLD RUN fans... you may see it again ;).
June 26, 2022
Roby Field at Jackson Memorial Middle School 7355 Mudbrook St NW, Massillon, OH 44646
08:30am - Packet Pickup 9:30am - 5K 10:30am - FunRun (upon completion of the 5K) 10:45am - Awards (upon completion of the FunRun) After Party details coming soon
Join us for our first in-person 5K and fun run event. This run will be off-road and some surfaces will be uneven. Bring the kids and the dogs and come enjoy entertainment for the whole crew. Inflatables, face painting, Kona Ice, concessions, and more! All paid 5K and Fun Run participants will receive a T-shirt and Race Medal. Awards will be presented to the top male and female racer overall and top three male and female racers at each age category (0-9, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60+) Dogs will receive a bandana while supplies last.
DJ Nikolina will be our DJ and MC for the event.
Chip timing and race support provided by Ritchie's Sporting Goods. Inflatables are sponsored by Space Walk of Canton. Dog chill zone is sponsored by The Scooper Girl.
Sponsors include: Space Walk of Canton, Beaver Excavating Company, Cutler Real Estate, Ritchies Sporting Goods, Serra Auto Park, The Scooper Girl, Blue Knights, Kiwanis International, Sluggers & Putters, Scheetz Building Corp, Ash Family Dental, and Adam Hufstetler State Farm, Kenan Advantage Group, JunkLuggers