The Upper Arlington Civic Association will continue its tradition of remembering U.S. military veterans and celebrating community through its annual Memorial Day Run.
For more than four decades, the UACA has hosted a five-mile run on Memorial Day to honor those who fought for the country’s freedoms and to give both serious and casual runners opportunities to compete and support community events.
This year’s Memorial Day Run for anyone age 14 and older will take off from the corner of Lytham and Reed roads at 9 a.m. May 26.
The five-mile run will be followed at 10 a.m. by the more casual Fun Run/Walk for children and adults.
“This will be the 43rd annual event,” said Greg Baryluk, director of the UACA Memorial Day Run. “Last year, 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 is open for the event and can be completed on the UACA’s website, 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, including the Fourth of July Parade and Party in the Park and fireworks celebration, UA Stage, Golden Apple Awards, Easter candy hunt, Labor Neighbor Day, Golden Bear Scare and Christmas in the Park.
Each pre-registered participant will receive a short-sleeved T-shirt.
Registrations will also be accepted on May 26, beginning at 7 a.m.
“This is a great road race for all skill levels and is also a fundraiser for the various activities that the UACA sponsors for the Upper Arlington community,” Baryluk said.
The theme for the 2014 Memorial Day Run is “Running and Remembering.” In addition to the five-mile race and the Fun Run/Walk, the UACA will continue its annual tradition of honoring a local military veteran.
This year’s honoree is Wendell Ellenwood, 92, who was an artillery forward in U.S. Gen. George S. Patton’s Third Army, and whose service during World War II included the invasion of Utah Beach in France and the Battle of the Bulge.
Ellenwood and his late wife, Mary Janet, raised their four children in Upper Arlington. He is a past president of the Upper Arlington Rotary Club and a former UACA director.
He now resides at Friendship Village of Dublin.
Ellenwood is expected to fire the starting gun for the five-mile run. Awards will be given to the top three male and female overall finishers in age divisions of 14 and younger, 15 to 19, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59, 60 to 69 and 70 and older.
“Anyone is welcome to participate,” Baryluk said. “While most participants are Upper Arlington residents, we also get many that are from central Ohio.
“We also encourage family and friends to attend the event and cheer the runners on,” he said. “Our goal is to provide a quality race event that the entire community can be involved with and have fun.”
The official slogan of the annual race has become “Running and Remembering,” Baryluk said.