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On the Run with Matt McGowan from mid January - mid March RUNOHIO

on 20 January 2018.

For the ninth year in a row I have had the honor to be on the selection committee to vote for the USA Track & Field National Hall of Fame. The following Olympians and record breakers comprise the 44th  National Track & Field Hall of Fame induction class: Modern Athletes - Leroy Burrell and Bryan Clay, Veteran Athletes Patty vanWolvelaere (now Weirich) and Lindy Remigino and Coach Bill Squires. 

They make up the newest class who were inducted into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame last month. http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1423-burrell-clay-and-remigino-highlight-usatf-national-hall-of-fame-class-of-2017   Mark your calendar as the USA Track & Field National Convention will again be held in Columbus this year November 29 - December 3.

RUNOHIO  printed extra copies of this issue so each coach who attends the OATCCC Track & Field Clinic January 25 -27 will receive a copy.  http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1439-2018-oatccc-track-a-field-clinic

Congratulations to all of the athletes who competed in the OHSAA Cross Country Championships  as well as the various National Championships. http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1439-2018-oatccc-track-a-field-clinic and http://runohio.com/index.php/images/category/367-2017-ohsaa-state-cross-country-championships

Congratulations to the top finishers in the 2017 RUNOHIO Grand Prix. Interviews with these athletes are in this issue.  -  http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1445-2017-runohio-grand-prix-winners-and-interviews and http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1444-2018-runohio-grand-prix

Vote for the 2017 RUNOHIO Runners of the Year.  Please email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your votes for the following men and women: open, masters (40- 49), grand masters (50-59) and seniors (60 and over).  You can also mail your votes to:  RUNOHIO, Runners of the Year, PO Box 238, Granville, OH 43023

I will be helping to direct the 18th annual Arnold 5K Pump and Run and the Arnold 5K on March 4th.  Registration for the Arnold 5K Pump and Run is closed but you can still register for the Arnold 5K.   The races are part of the 30th annual Arnold Sports Festival. - This will be a tough day as my brother, Jeff helped me with this race and Bob Lennon,  one of the workers at the finish line every year. passed away a few years ago.  http://runohio.com/index.php/news/1437-arnold-5k

If you are directing a race in 2018, please send RUNOHIO your race information and/or an entry form as soon as it is available.  RUNOHIO covers primarily Ohio, but also list races from West Virginia, eastern Indiana, northern Kentucky, southern Michigan and western Pennsylvania. http://runohio.com/index.php/news/1436-2018-race-directors

If you want to reach the runners of Ohio and surrounding states, contact RUNOHIO at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   Advertising is available in the print RUNOHIO, on the RUNOHIO web site or in the monthly RUNOHIO E-Newsletter.

As another year ends and a New Year begins, one can always look back on numerous positive happenings as well as sad ones we experienced. I am sure we all know people who had a challenging 2017 either with a health or work situation. If you know someone having a rough time, maybe you can do something to make their life better.

When you are making your New Year’ Resolutions, I hope you will consider volunteering at a local road race. If possible, help to sponsor a local race or help a new runner understand proper training  and your neighbor who might need some assistance. If we all do a few kind acts to help others who are nearby, I am sure 2018 will be a Great Year!

Don’t forget to renew your subscription to the printed RUNOHIO in 2018. If you are not a subscriber, I hope you will become one in 2018. March will start our 30th year of serving the runners in Ohio and neighboring States.   http://www.signmeup.com/123781

The next issue will be a mid March - mid May edition. The deadline is February 14th for results and calendar information.  For advertising the deadline is February 20th.

Last November I was elected to my sixth term to the Granville Village Council.

I wish you a Happy, Healthy and Safe 2018!

Matt McGowan

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