The Ohio High School Association was able to complete a fall season for high school athletes. Along the way there were athletes and teams which had to be quarantine because of COVID 19. 

Way back in 1967, three brothers ran in their first organized race called, “The Turkey Trot.” Our father and mother, who raised all three of us in the United States Navy, had just moved to a community outside of Chicago. We had just left Catholic School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as our father had been transferred yet again. That is how Navy brats are made – we moved every two to three years and had to make our mark on a new community. Our mother wanted some peace and quiet when getting ready for our family Thanksgiving meal. Our mom, an avid reader, had heard about a race that we all could participate in and she asked our father to take us. She figured this would be a good way to get out of her hair while she cooked us all a scrumptious Thanksgiving meal.

Perfect November weather greeted 543 boys from 168 schools and 54841 girls from 166 schools in the 43rd Girls and 92nd Boys Ohio High School athletic Association State Cross Country Championships held at Fortress Obetz.  Tournament Manager Steve Adams of Fortress Obetz and Terry Oehrtman who has managed the State Championships for 20 year was Tournament Consultant.  The course was laid out so the fans could see the runners straight across the grand stands four times, the 400 meter mark, the one and two mile marks and the finish line.

Due to the uncertainty of COVID 19 registration for the 21st annual Arnold 5K Pump & Run and the Arnold 5K will not start on November 1st. 

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