On The Run with Matt McGowan, from print mid July - mid September RUNOHIO

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On The Run with Matt McGowan, from print mid July - mid September RUNOHIO

on 19 July 2018.

The summer racing season is well underway.  There are hundreds of races being contested this summer. Hopefully, if you are not able to run a local race you will consider volunteering to help with it.  As a race director good help is always welcome.

This summer I hope to be at a number of races, including the RUNOHIO Grand Prix events.  Hopefully, I will see you at one of the races.

Congratulations to everyone who competed in the OHSAA State Track & Field Championships or one of the many National Championships.  “The goal of any athlete or coach is to qualify for the State Championships.  The only thing better is to turn in a lifetime best and end up on the podium.”

Even though there was no Olympics or World Championships team to make the USATF Championships saw a number of outstanding track and field performances.   A number of Ohio athletes turned in outstanding performances, including Clayton Murphy who won the gold in the 800 - 1:46.50, Erik Kynard 2nd high jump - 7-05.75, Christina Manning 2nd in 100 hurdles -  12.65, Katie Nageotte 2nd pole vault - 15-05.00.

RUNOHIO is working with the Columbus Running Company to present the Jeff McGowan Memorial 5km to be held at the Columbus Scioto Audubon Metro Park on August 12th.  I am also working with the Circleville Classic 5 Miler to be held on October 2oth.  The two races proceeds benefit the Jeff McGowan Scholarship Fund in his memory. If you can’t run one of these races, feel free to volunteer.  Information about these and other races are in this issue.  I am also hopeful to get a co-race director for the Circleville Classic 5 Miler and maybe have them  do more in the future as my mom's house was sold so it makes it more difficult for me to do the race.

Next month many junior high, high school and college athletes will be gearing up for another cross country season.  I also coach the boys and girls cross country teams at Bishop Watterson and look forward to good weather this season.  Good luck to everyone running cross country.  Last year my boys team was not ranked all year, yet the team qualified for the OHSAA Championships.  My goal as a coach is to get as many students out for cross country (many have never run before) and of my top six boys last year two of my seniors ran only two years and one senior it was his first year running.  Once they come out I try to coach them to do their best in October so they want to run again the following year and hopefully the rest of their lives.

If you want to try something different, consider running one of the many summer cross country races listed in the race calendar.  I will be helping with the two Granville Bryn Du Summer Cross Country 3km on July 12th and July 26th starting at 7:15pm at the Great Field at the Bryn Du Mansion.

Don’t forget to renew your subscription to RUNOHIO or subscribe for the first time.  Take advantage of the 30th anniversary special.  For just $10 you can get RUNOHIO mailed to you six times a year.  Five dollars of each subscription this summer will be donated to the Jeff McGowan Memorial Scholarship.

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The deadline for the mid September – mid November print RUNOHIO is August 17th.

A number of July 4th race results are in this issue, more results are posted on www.runohio.com.  Hundreds of upcoming races are listed in the race calendar - also, check out the remaining races on the RUNOHIO Grand Prix.

This summer has been a busy time for me addressing a few health issues.  I had cataract surgery on both eyes.  My right eye was 20/60 before and is now 20/20.  The difference was remarkable.  I also did a stress test and had an echocardiogram.  Everything seems to be OK.

Good luck with your summer training and racing.  Don’t forget to drink plenty of water before and after your summer training and racing.

I hope to see you at a road race this summer or a cross country race in the fall.

Matt McGowan



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