On the Run with Matt McGowan - from mid March - mid May 2016 print RUNOHIO

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On the Run with Matt McGowan - from mid March - mid May 2016 print RUNOHIO

on 22 March 2016.

RUNOHIO was introduced at the 1988 Columbus Marathon and was first printed March 1989. My brother Jeff and my mom, Jean McGowan, assisted with the start of the publication.  A number of ups and downs have occurred since we started RUNOHIO, but this issue starts our 28th year serving the running community.

Congratulations to all of the athletes who competed in the US Olympic Team Trial - Marathon.  Good luck to our Olympic qualifiers: Galen Rupp 2:11:13, Meb Keflezighi 2:12:20, Jared Ward 2:13:00, Amy Cragg 2:28:27, Desiree Linden 2:29:00 and Shalane Flanagan 2:29:26. 

Photos - http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1094-image-gallery-2016-olympic-marathon-trials




Check out the interviews with the 2015 RUNOHIO Runners of the Year. Congratulations to everyone who were chosen by the readers and staff of RUNOHIO for this honor.  This year a athlete living and training outside of Ohio was chosen as one of our top Ohio athlete.  Emily Infeld was chosen as the top female after her 3rd place in the IAAF World Championships. http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1106-2015-runohio-runners-of-the-year

This winter was been one of the nicest in recent years.  Hopefully, you have been able to get in some training as the spring racing season is starting.   Hundreds of races are listed in this issue's Race Calendar.  A new RUNOHIO Searchable Calendar will be available soon on www.runohio.com.   Race directors are encouraged to add their races free.

Also, please mail me an entry form or send me race information for the print RUNOHIO.


In 1980 while attending graduate school at Miami University I directed my first race, after starting the women’s cross country team at Miami thru the Intramurals Department under the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women.  For four years I directed a 5km cross country event and a five miler in the fall to bring attention and raise money for the team.  In the spring I started the Red Brick Run 5km which is still being held.  It took over four years before the university made the team an intercollegiate team once the NCAA started sponsoring women’s championships.

Over the years I have been involved with more than 100 events and have seen numerous changes in directing races.  In Columbus, I directed the Columbus 10K for twelve years and I directed the Arnold races for  sixteen years, the Jingle Bell 5K Run for five years and the Crew 5K for four years.  Perhaps one of the biggest change that has occurred three years ago in Columbus was race directors now need to complete a six page application and submit it at least two months in advance to the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.  Previously, the police department approved the events with a one page form. Informational flyers need to be delivered to residents along the course two weeks before the event.  It is my understanding races which have been held in Columbus before 2014 are grandfathered in and no new running events will be allowed downtown due to the congestion and the number of new housing developments.  This year the race application fee, insurance, chip timing and police will cost nearly $21,000 for the Arnold races.  The Arnold race committee has worked diligently to create a course which has the least amount of impact for the area residents, businesses, churches and individuals trying to get to the Arnold Sports Festival. 


If you are a previous winner or know of someone who is of the Glass City Marathon, please have them contact Lois Berkowitz at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  The Toledo Road Runners Club is planning a special recognition for these winners.  Their entry will be

comped for any of the races (5K, half marathon, or marathon).




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

Why does Ohio Require Nine Athletes for a Track & Field Team - When other States Only Require One?...


Will a Terrible Decision by the OHSAA Continue for a 4th Year?


Don't forget to renew your subscription to the printed RUNOHIO in 2014. If you are not a subscriber, I hope you will be one in 2016.

The next issue will be a mid May – mid June issue and the deadline is April 15th for results and calendar information and April 21st for advertising.


Matt McGowan

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