On the Run with Matt McGowan mid May - mid July

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On the Run with Matt McGowan mid May - mid July

on 09 May 2017.

According to the 2015-16 High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National

Federation of State High School Associations. Girls outdoor Track and Field for the eight year in a row is the number one sport offering with high school girls with 485.969 participants.  Boys Track & Field  finished second to football with 591,133  participants nationwide.  Also nationwide both boys (16,547)  and girls (16,508) track & field was the second most popular sport offered at the high school level only behind basketball in the number of schools which offer the sport.

With boys track and field being so popular I still don’t know how colleges and universities athletic departments have justified dropping men’s track and field programs.   If your alma mater dropped men’s track and field, I hope you will write them a letter asking them how they can justify this and maybe withhold any donations until men’s track and field is reinstituted.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association Track and Field Championships will be held at the Jesse Owens Memorial Track at Ohio State University on June 2nd and 3rd http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/track   Hopefully, the OHSAA will soon start counting all of the high schools that have athletes participating in track & field.  Every State I contacted only requires to have one athlete on a team to be counted by their high school association as one athlete can have a team score. The OHSAA requires nine athletes for them to count the school as having a team.  http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1221-how-many-athletes-are-needed-for-a-track-a-field-team  Yet, two years ago a team with only seven athletes on their roster won a State team title in Track & Field for their school, even though the OHSAA didn't count that school as having a team.

If you attend the OHSAA State Track and Field Championships I hope you can stay in town and run the 40th annual Columbus 10K on June 4th,  which is now known as the HOKA ONE ONE Columbus 10K presented by RUNOHIO.  http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1262-40th-annual-columbus-10k   I am working on creating a race poster for participant and am presently inviting a number of Ohio Olympic track & field athletes to be on hand to sign the posters after the race. Check back on www.runohio.com for more information.

It amazes me to see the number of races now being held around Ohio.. A number of communities have more than one race on the same weekend. A lot of the races are memorial runs and many of those runs are for individuals who were very active in the running community.  Two such races this summer are the Bob Lennon Memorial 5km on July 23rd  and the Jeff McGowan Memorial 5km on August 13th. http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1295-jeff-mcgowan-memorial-5k  Hopefully, you can find a number of races to run.  If you are not able to run a race on a given weekend, contact the race director of a race in your hometown to see if they need any help.   I am sure most races can use a few extra good volunteers.

My younger brother, Jeff died on May 26th, 2012 from a blood clot after major heart surgery.  Jeff traveled with me as we covered events for RUNOHIO.  He also created a finish line company and a computer program to time the Columbus 10K when I took over the race directorship, plus he wrote the computer program to do the scoring for the Arnold 5K Pump and Run.  After Jeff's death part of his life insurance was donated to the Circleville High School track and the track was renamed the McGowan Family Track -

Forty years ago my brother Jeff talked me into going to the inaugural Columbus 10K with him.  (The race started as the Citizen Journal 10K).  I won the race and twelve years later I served as the race director for the next eleven years with the help of my brother.  In 2009 Jim Jurcevich and the Columbus Running Company took over race directorship with Andy Harris serving as race director this year.  RUNOHIO renewed their multi-year to be the presenting sponsor of the race which is considered “The Oldest Race in Town”.  I hope you can participate in the race.

For the fifth year the Jeff McGowan Memorial Fund awarded scholarships.  This year’s winners were Circleville’s Bryce DeLong and Bishop Watterson’s Sam Mikula.

I am also helping with two summer 3km cross country races to be held Thursday evenings in July on the Bryn Du Mansion Great Lawn in Granville.  I hope you will be able to attend one or both events and enjoy the day in Granville -

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The deadline for the mid July – mid September issue is June 19th for calendar information and June 24th for advertising.

Good luck with your upcoming races. I hope to see you at a race or track meet.

Matt McGowan


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