- Date: Sunday, September 23, 2012
- Location: Creekside Park & Plaza, 123 Mill Street, Gahanna, OH 43230
- Directions: CLICK HERE
There is a parking garage at the intersection of Mill Street and Walnut Street within the Creekside Development. Parking in the garage is free. There are also public lots in the Olde Gahanna vicinity as well as some off street parking. Please click here for additional details on parking.
- Time: 9:00am start time; race day registration is 7:30am - 8:30 am
- Advanced Entry Registration Fees (valid prior to race day):
- 5K Run/Walk Individual: $30 (pricing valid prior to race day), includes a timing chip
- Corporate Challenge Team Member: $30 (pricing valid prior to race day), includes a timing chip, more information below
- Sponsor a Youth 5K Run/Walk Donation: $30 (pricing valid prior to race day)
- Race Day Registration Fees:
- 5K Run/Walk Individual: $35, includes a timing chip
- Corporate Challenge Team Member: $35, includes a timing chip, more information below
- Sponsor a Youth 5K Run/Walk Donation: $35
-Sponsor a Youth
Provide the opportunity for a young person to participate in DFYF's Taking Strides for Kids 5k Run/Walk with your donation. Youth from DFYF after-school programs will appreciate sharing the 5k run/walk with supporters of the event.
- To make a donation to the event click HERE.
- Corporate Challenge:
The Corporate Challenge option allows participants to compete as a team with a combined group score. Corporate Challenge teams should include a minimum of four participants and there is no maximum number of participants. By registering a team for the Corporate Challenge, the team will be eligible for both the timed and fundraising components of the Corporate Challenge. Details include:
Timed Challenge: The timed challenge will be scored by taking the average running/walking time of all individual participants on the team. There is no maximum team size. However, a minimum of 4 participants per team is required tocreate an average time for scoring purposes. This portion of the Corporate Challenge creates a fun team scoring option unique to the DFYF Taking Strides for Kids 5K Run/Walk.
Fundraising Challenge: The fundraising component of the Corporate Challenge allows teams to participate in fundraising for Directions for Youth & Families. The team raising the most for Directions for Youth & Families will be recognized for their efforts at the awards ceremony. Donations to the team can be made via credit card through the Directions for Youth & Families website, as well as cash or check on race day. For credit card contributions made through the DFYF website, please make certain to insert the full team name at the time of the contribution. Race day cash or check contributions will be collected at the registration table, and will be included in the team's total fund raising tally.
If interested in the Corporate Challenge option, please register as part of a team, and good luck!
- Awards & Recognition:
Awards will be given to the top overall male and female finisher, as well as the top three male and female participants in the following groups: 13 & Under, 14 – 19, 20 – 29, 30 – 39, 40 – 49, 50 & over.
Corporate Challenge Awards will be provided in the following categories: 1st Place Team Overall for the timed challenge, 2nd Place Team Overall for the timed challenge, 3rd Place Team Overall for the time challenge, and the Fundraising Challenge Award. One award per team will be provided in each of these categories.
The awards will be unique, hand crafted Soul Bowls created by youth artists in after-school and summer programs at the Directions for Youth & Families Short Stop Youth Center.
The Directions for Youth & Families 5K Run/Walk offers an out and back course with start and finish on Mill Street in front of the charming Creekside Park & Plaza in Gahanna. Participants will enjoy running along the scenic Big Walnut Creek Trail and finishing in quaint downtown Olde Gahanna. CLICK HERE TO SEE A COURSE MAP. This course is certified.
- Race Packets:
Technical T-shirts guaranteed for participants registered before September 3, 2012.
- Pre-Race Packet Pick-up:
Packets will be available for early pick up.
Location: Fleet Feet Sports, 1270 E. Powell Rd. Lewis Center, OH 614 846-5625
Dates and Times: Thursday, 9/20 noon to 8pm, Friday,9/21, 10am to 7pm, and Saturday 9/22, 10 to 6pm.
About Directions for Youth and Families Taking Strides for Kids 5k
Join us for the 2nd annual Taking Strides for Kids 5k Run/Walk at Gahanna’s Creekside Park & Plaza along the beautiful Big Walnut Creek and make a difference in the lives of children in your community! Through your participation, you’ll be supporting programs that help at risk youth achieve success.
Your support will provide after-school activities at the Short Stop and Ohio Avenue Youth Centers. Kids who have few opportunities elsewhere benefit from homework help, computer lab, creative and performing arts, and fitness and nutrition programs. After-school and summer programs reinforce staying in school, help with academics, promote leadership development and discipline, and provide time for creative and healthful activities.
In addition to Prevention programs at the youth centers and in schools, counseling programs provided in clients’ homes address substance abuse, family violence, aggression, teen pregnancy, delinquency, parenting, and life skills. Over 6,600 youth and their families are served annually. Most are at risk and low income.
Funding is from charitable contributions, governmental sources, United Way, corporations, foundations, and individual contributions. 92% of all funding goes to program costs.
For more information: www.dfyf.org
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