This year's Dublin City Schools Alumni Association 5K will benefit one of its own.
Proceeds from the annual race will benefit the Dublin Education Foundation and the Nick Rozanski Memorial Foundation, a fund created after Rozanski was killed in April while serving in Afghanistan with the Ohio Army National Guard.
The 5K, slated to kick off at 9 a.m. Oct. 13 at the north end of Glacier Ridge Metro Park, 9801 Hyland-Croy Road, is open to Dublin City Schools alumni, staff and the community.
"The Dublin City Schools Alumni Association was founded to provide the community with a point of contact for alumni and to provide year-round events for the Dublin community," race organizer Stacey Holderman said. "Nick Rozanski was an active member of the Dublin community as well as (an) alumni.
"The community responded to his passing and a charitable foundation was set up in his honor to support local families and students. The alumni association wanted to help support this foundation and its cause."
The Rozanski Memorial Foundation plans to hand out scholarships.
"We are deeply touched by and appreciative of the partnership the Dublin Alumni Association has offered to our foundation," Jenny Rozanski, Nick's wife, said in a release from the association. "The Dublin community was very important to my husband (and) ... it was a big part of his life."
Proceeds from the run will also benefit Dublin City Schools classrooms. The Dublin Education Foundation provides grants to teachers and advisers in the district for activities in and out of the classroom."
The alumni association welcomes anyone and everyone to run in the Dublin 5K," Holderman said. "You don't have to be an alumnus of the district or an employee; we welcome all who enjoy running and supporting a good cause."
The event also welcomes families and has added a quarter-mile fun run/walk for children.
"We would like the 5K to be an event where the entire family is welcome to participate," Holderman said. "In previous years, we have had a kids' corner, and this year we are hoping to get more of the children involved by having a specific kid run/walk."
The alumni 5K was established in honor of Katie Waldron, a Coffman High School graduate who was killed in a car accident in 2008. This year, an award will be given out at the race in her name.
"In the past, the alumni association has had the privilege of honoring Katie Waldron's foundation with the 5K. We wanted to continue supporting her memory by having an award that will be given out each year," Holderman said.
Registration for the 5K is $30, and a $5 discount is available for district staff and alumni association members.
Children can register for the kid run/walk for $5.
For more information, or to register, visit dublinalumni.org.