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Education programs beneficiaries of annual 5K event

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Education will be the benefactor of the Dublin Alumni Association's annual 5K.

Proceeds from the Oct. 12 5K held at Glacier Ridge Metro Park's north entrance, 9801 Hyland-Croy Road, will go to the Dublin Education Foundation and the Nick Rozanski Memorial Foundation.

"We started out in honor of Kate Waldron and we have now had the honor of providing funds for the Nick Rozanski Memorial Foundation," said Stacey Holderman, Dublin Alumni Association president.

"We like to help out different communities and have different sponsorships for the 5K," Holderman said.

The Nick Rozanski Memorial Foundation was established last year after the death of the Dublin graduate who was serving in the Army National Guard in Afghanistan.

The 5K last year drew about 335 people and Holderman is hoping for at least as many.

The date falls on a Saturday without an Ohio State University football game and is the weekend before the Columbus Marathon when participants are winding down the training, she said.

Running and walking are allowed on the course that winds through Glacier Ridge Metro Park, Holderman said.

A quarter-mile fun run for children is also planned to get entire families involved.

"You can run or walk," Holderman said.

"There's beautiful scenery out there. We want to get as many family members as would like to join to come out and support the foundation."

The Nick Rozanski Memorial Foundation raised $100,000 in its first year and gave out scholarships to some Dublin 2013 graduates.

Proceeds will also go the Dublin Education Foundation, which gives grants to teachers.

"We are the main fundraising aspect of the DEF," Holderman said.

"(Teachers) apply for different grants for new and innovative ways they can incorporate different aspects into the classroom."

Registration for the 5K is at 8 a.m. and people can sign up on race day.

The kid's fun run starts at 8:45 a.m. followed by the 5K at 9 a.m.

Holderman said the group is working to get an inflatable obstacle course to entertain children.

Food and awards will also be on tap once the 5K is over.

Awards will be given out to the top three overall male and female finishers as well as the top finishers in different age categories.

The first 300 people registered will get a T-shirt.

Registration is $30 and can be completed online at dublinalumni.org. Registration for the kid's run is $5.

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