On The Run with Matt McGowan

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On The Run with Matt McGowan

Written by Matt McGowan on 13 March 2017.

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.  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 29th year serving the running community.

Check out the interviews with the 2016 RUNOHIO Runners of the Year. Congratulations to everyone who were chosen by the readers and staff of RUNOHIO for this honor.  This year an 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 Olympic qualifying race at the Olympic Trials

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.

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 fourteen years and I directed the Arnold races for  seventeen 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 four years ago in Columbus where 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 now 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, more barricades and cones on the course and police will cost nearly $30,000 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.

The 2017 RUNOHIO Grand Prix schedule is listed in this issue of RUNOHIO.  Because of coaching I might not be able to attend too many of the races this Spring, but check back here and on the RUNOHIO web site  for results.  http://runohio.com/index.php/grand-prix/grand-prix-schedule/2017

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 - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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

RUNOHIO is again helping to sponsor the "Oldest Road Race in Columbus" the 40th annual Columbus 10K on June 4th.  My younger brother Jeff, who passed away in 2013, and I ran the race in the inaugural year. 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. RUNOHIO is working on a 40th annual Columbus 10K participants. -  


Andy Harris will again direct the Jeff McGowan Memorial 5K August 13th -


Don't forget to renew your subscription to the printed RUNOHIO in 2017. If you are not a subscriber, I hope you will be one in 2017.  - https://www.signmeup.com/119040

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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