On The Run with Matt McGowan

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On The Run with Matt McGowan

on 19 March 2018.

RUNOHIO was introduced at the 1988 Columbus Marathon Expo and was first printed March 1989. My brother, Jeff and my mom, Jean, 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 30th year serving the running community.  SunRiseType has provided much of the typesetting and layout for the past twenty eight years and Chuck Barlett has helped with my web site –www.runohio.com for the past twelve years.

A lot have happened in the past thirty years; including my father, Jim, passed away while I was at the Columbus Marathon expo in 1988, my brother, Jeff passing away in 2012 and my mom has been in a nursing home for the past two years.  In 2008 I had 95% blockage in my right coronary artery and had three stents inserted and in 2014 I had 100% blockage in my circumflex coronary artery and had another stent inserted.  I think anyone who has faced death whether with a family member or their own life you become a different person.

Check out the interviews with the 2017 RUNOHIO Runners of the Year. Congratulations to everyone who were chosen by the readers and staff of RUNOHIO for this honor.

Hopefully, you have been able to get in some training this winter and ready for the spring racing season.   Hundreds of races are listed in this issue's Race Calendar.

The 2018 RUNOHIO Grand Prix schedule is listed in this issue.   I hope to see you at one of these races.


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.

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 41st annual Columbus 10K on June 3rd.  My younger brother Jeff, and I ran the race in the inaugural year, which I won on a hot day when the race started at 6pm and finished on the old Central High School track.. 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.

Andy Harris will again direct the Jeff McGowan Memorial 5K August 12th -   I hope you will be able to run this year.

Don't forget to renew your subscription to the printed RUNOHIO in 2018. If you are not a subscriber, I hope you will be one in 2018.

The next issue will be a mid May – mid June issue and the deadline is April 14th for results and calendar information and April 21st for advertising.

Matt McGowan

Read Jim Silcott On the Run from March 1989 -



Read Matt McGowan Coordinator's Comments from March 1989 -


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