A perfect November morning greeted the 554 boys from 174 schools and 558 girls from 180 schools competing in the 94th annual Boys and 45th annual Girls Ohio High School Athletic Association State Cross Country Championships held at Fortress Obetz.  The course was laid out so the fans could see runners straight across from the grandstands four times, the 400 meter mark, the one mile and two mile marks and the final 120 meters to the finish line.

Looking for a race to run this month - check out the RUNOHIO November Race Calendar with nearly 100 Thanksgiving Day races listed - https://www.runohio.com/index.php/events

The 95th annual Boys and 46th annual Girls OHSAA Cross Country State Championships will be held November 5 at Fortress Obetz and Memorial Park, 4175 Alum Creek Drive, Obetz, OH 43207

Way back in 1967, three brothers ran in their first organized race called, “The Turkey Trot.” Our father and mother, who raised all three of us in the United States Navy, had just moved to a community outside of Chicago. We had just left Catholic School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as our father had been transferred yet again. That is how Navy brats are made – we moved every two to three years and had to make our mark on a new community. Our mother wanted some peace and quiet when getting ready for our family Thanksgiving meal. Our mom, an avid reader, had heard about a race that we all could participate in and she asked our father to take us. She figured this would be a good way to get out of her hair while she cooked us all a scrumptious Thanksgiving meal.

Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium to undergo complete replacement of track beginning in May - The Ohio High School Athletic Association has announced that the 2024 track and field state tournament will be held at Welcome Stadium in Dayton. The track at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at The Ohio State University will be removed in May and replaced with a new track that will take several months to complete.