Barrington Elementary School students are partnering with two high school seniors to organize a run to drum up excitement for the Ohio State-Michigan football game and fight cancer.

In 2009, then-Barrington fourth-graders Dante Landolfi and Molly O'Connor created a Beat Michigan! Beat Cancer! 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run to raise money for ovarian cancer research at Ohio State University's James Cancer Hospital.

The event originally served to honor Landolfi's grandmother and O'Connor's mother, who died of ovarian cancer in 2008.

In honor of that event, and to bolster capstone projects Landolfi and O'Connor are putting together as seniors at Upper Arlington High School, Barrington students are bringing back the Beat Michigan! Beat Cancer! 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run Nov. 4 at the Jones Middle School track, 2100 Arlington Ave.

"This project was super big and is now coming back," Barrington fourth-graders Bradley Bodman, Abby Davis, Evie Leader and Cooper McGinty said in an email they submitted to ThisWeek Upper Arlington News as part of their duties to promote the event.

"We want everyone to know about our race."

Anyone wishing to take part in the Beat Michigan! Beat Cancer! 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run can sign up at premierraces.com/beatmichigan, or register the day of the event.

All who participate will receive a gift bag or ribbon.

Barrington fourth-grade teacher Katie Benton said students in grades K-5 at her school have been learning about the importance of cancer research this fall as a lead-up to the event.

Additionally, they've been assigned to a number of committees that are helping to organize it.

"Last time, we raised $23,000," Benton said. "We will be happy to raise anything, but are hoping for at least $20,000 again.

"Most of all, we want to raise awareness about the vague symptoms of ovarian cancer and empower people. That can save lives."

The pre-race awareness campaign has included sales of handmade crafts Barrington students sold at UAHS on Oct. 10, and Barrington is hosting an Oct. 30 pep rally.

In addition to entry fees, the students are raising money through sponsorships and raffle drawings for a variety of prizes.

"Every student went to at least one local business or company to ask them to be a sponsor or to donate an item for the raffle," Bodman said. "We got lots of sponsors to pay for the expenses of the race so that all the race entry fees and any donations can go right to the cause."

Leader added, "We also have great raffle prizes to help us raise money. At the race, people can make donations to have their nails painted teal, hair colored teal or get a teal glitter tattoo.

"All that money will go toward ovarian cancer research, too."

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