Upper Arlington News

UACA to host Memorial Day Run May 27


The Upper Arlington Civic Association will continue a tradition more than four decades old when it hosts the annual Memorial Day Run May 27.

Registration currently is open for the annual five-mile trek.

The Run! White and Blue event will take off from the corner of Lytham and Reed roads at 9 a.m. May 27. It will be followed by a one-mile Fun Run/Walk for children at 10 a.m.

"This will be the 42nd annual event," said Clay Lanctot, director of the UACA Memorial Day Run. "Last year, despite the heat, we ended up having over 450 participants.

"As far as we can tell, it's the oldest running-walking event in the Columbus area."

Registration can be completed on the UACA's website at uaca.org. A course map also is available on the website.

Registration fees are $35 for adults and $20 for children, with proceeds going to support the nonprofit UACA's ongoing and annual community events, such as the Fourth of July Parade & Party in the Park fireworks celebration, Christmas in the Park, Labor Neighbor Day and the Golden Bear Scare.

Each pre-registered participant will receive a short-sleeved event T-shirt.

"This really is a fundraiser for our activities for the Upper Arlington community," Lanctot said.

Registrations also will be accepted May 27 beginning at 7 p.m.

Lanctot said awards will be given to the top three male and female overall finishers and to the top three male and female finishers in the following age groups: 14 and younger, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and older.

"Anyone is welcome to participate," he said. "Most of the people who participate are Upper Arlington residents. However, through (social media and area running groups) the word has gotten out all over central Ohio.

"Everyone gets tracked. The point is to host this event and really make it a top-quality race and really putting on an event that people and families can enjoy."

The official slogan of the annual race has become "Running and Remembering," Lanctot said.

As such, the UACA annually recognizes a military veteran for his or her service to the U.S.

This year's honorees are Bill and Bobbi Richards. According to Lanctot, both are very active in Honor Flight, a program that takes military veterans to Washington, D.C.

Additional information about the UACA Memorial Day Run is available on the city's website at uaoh.net.