The Jack Roth 5K Rock 'N' Run/Walk brings together people who are passionate about fitness and raising funds to fight cancer.
The 13th annual event will be held at 9 a.m. June 10 at Cassingham Elementary School, 250 S. Cassingham Road.
Running was a favorite pastime for Roth, the event's namesake, who died of lung cancer at age 57 in 2004.
"He was a nonsmoker," said Maddy Katz, a member of the event's organizing board. "Most people don't know lung cancer is a silent killer."
The Jack Roth 5K Rock 'N' Run/Walk benefits lung cancer research through the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Jack Roth Camp Netaim, a program in Israel for children with special needs. This year's honorary race chairman is Dr. David Carbone, professor of internal medicine at Ohio State University, the Barbara J. Bonner Chair in Lung Research and director of the James Thoracic Oncology Center at the Ohio State Medical Center. Funds raised directly benefit Carbone's research, which focuses on creating new treatments for patients with lung cancer.
Since its inception, the Jack Roth 5K Rock 'N' Run/Walk has raised more than $1.2 million for cancer research, bringing in $125,000 for the Jack Roth Fund in 2017 alone, according to the event's website, jackrothfund.org.
"It's a family-oriented event," Katz said. "There's food, there's music, there's a raffle."
In addition to the raffle with prizes ranging from Columbus Clippers tickets to restaurant gift certificates, the Jack Roth 5K Rock 'N' Run/Walk features a marketplace with local businesses and health and wellness vendors.
"Friends of mine fly in from New York to do the race," Katz said. "People want to come hang out for the marketplace. Some people don't even do the run, they just come for the marketplace."
Activities for children include the "Max's Dash for Kids," a race especially for youth ages 10 and younger, as well as face-painting, balloon making, a braiding station and a bounce house.
All 5K registrants will receive a goody bag that includes a shirt from clothing design company Homage. The top-three male and female runners will receive special plaques and Lululemon athletic wear.
For registration and more information, visit jackrothfund. org.