On the Run with Matt McGowan

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On the Run with Matt McGowan

on 01 April 2019.

RUNOHIO was introduced at the 1988 Columbus Marathon Expo and was first printed March 1989. My brother Jeff and my mom, Jean McGowan, assisted with the start of the publication.

RUNOHIO’s goal when we started was to provide timely running information with the most compete race calendar, results and running news around the state of Ohio.  We cover races in and around Ohio, the Ohio High School Cross Country & Track State Championships. Plus, we cover the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials and the Track and Field U.S. Olympic Trials and National Championships. A number of ups and downs have occurred since we started RUNOHIO, but this issue starts our 31st year serving the running community.  Dawn Parker at SunRiseType has provided much of the typesetting and layout for the past twenty nine years and Chuck Barlett has helped with my web site –www.runohio.com for the past thirteen years. http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1561-on-the-run-with-matt-mcgowan


A lot have happened in the past thirty-one years; including my father, Jim, passed away while I was at the Columbus Marathon Expo in 1988, my brother, Jeff passing away in 2012 and my mom passed away last March.  In 2008 I had 95% blockage in my right coronary artery and had three stents inserted and in 2014 I had 100% blockage in my circumflex coronary artery and had another stent inserted.  I think anyone who has faced death whether with a family member or their own life you become a different person. http://runohio.com/index.php/easyblog/entry/jeff-mcgowan

Check out the interviews with the 2018 RUNOHIO Runners of the Year. Congratulations to everyone who were chosen by the readers and staff of RUNOHIO for this honor. http://runohio.com/index.php/news/1626-2018-runohio-runners-of-the-year

RUNOHIO would again like to spotlight the running clubs in Ohio.  Please share this information at your next running club meeting and have someone write up a 3-7 paragraph article about your club and we will print it in an upcoming issue. http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1618-mansfield-area-y-run-club-a-group-of-people-high-on-life



RUNOHIO is again helping to sponsor the "Oldest Road Race in Columbus" the 42nd  annual Columbus 10K on June 2nd.  My younger brother Jeff, and I ran the race in the inaugural year, which I won on a hot day when the race started at 6pm and finished on the old Central High School track.  I served as the race director for fourteen years.   Since 2009 the event has been directed by Andy Harris and Jim Jurcevich with help from RUNOHIO and the Columbus Running Company.

Spring is just around the corner and hopefully we will have some great weather for training and racing.   Spring is also the start of one of the oldest sport know to mankind – track and field.  Track and field is one of the most diverse sports as there are 17 different events for high school athletes and 20 for collegiate athletes to challenge themselves.  According to The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) girl’s track and field is the largest participatory sport for high school girls and boys track & field is the second largest participatory sport for boys. http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1613-national-federation-of-state-high-school-associations

Good luck to all of the athletes preparing for the track and field season.  Hopefully, the weather will be nice.  I hope to see you at the OHSAA State Track and Field meet in June or another race this spring.

Don't forget to renew your subscription to the printed RUNOHIO in 2019. If you are not a subscriber, I hope you will be one in 2019.  https://www.signmeup.com/129695

Send RUNOHIO ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) your 2019 races to be listed free in the print RUNOHIO -  or mail an entry form to RUNOHIO, P.O. Box 238, Granville, OH 43023.

Interested in advertising in the print RUNOHIO, the monthly RUNOHIO E-Newsletter or on the RUNOHIO web page - www.runohio.com – contact Matt McGowan – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The next issue will be a mid May – mid July issue and the deadline is April 16th for results and calendar information and April 23rd for advertising.

Matt McGowan



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