Bexley News

Runners to lace shoes for event's ninth year


Bexley Mayor Ben Kessler will serve as honorary chairman and kick off the ninth annual Jack Roth 5K Rock 'N' Run at 9 a.m. Sunday, June 8, at Bexley High School, 326 S. Cassingham Road.

The 5K run will start and finish at the high school.

The Jack Roth 5K Rock 'N' Run began in 2006 to honor Roth after he lost a nine-month battle against lung cancer at the age of 57.

His wife, Janice, and daughter, Maren, established the Jack Roth Fund in his memory with a goal of raising money for lung cancer research through the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute at the Ohio State University and for Camp Netaim, a camp for special needs children in Israel. To date, more than $700,000 has been raised for both organizations.

In addition to the 5K run, this year's event includes the Max's Kid's Track Dash, face painting, balloon making and a marketplace. Local and national vendors such as Lululemon, All Out Bounce, Thank Yoga, Juice Plus, Fusian, J-Pops, Le Pooch, John Morrell, OSU and The Wexner Center will be represented. Astrologer Tony Clark also will be on hand.

All registered race participants will receive a T-shirt.

Registration is $25 in advance, $30 on race day. For more information or to register, visit or

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Donations can be made through the Firstgiving website, as well as through the Columbus Jewish Foundation: The Jack Roth Fund c/o the Columbus Jewish Foundation 1175 College Ave., Columbus, OH 43209.