Please note: there will be no race-day registration for the in-person event. Our in-person 5K is full!

Join ThriveOn for the 5th annual Franklin County 5k & ThriveOn challenge! In light of the success of our recent hybrid (combination in-person and virtual) events, we will again be offering the option to choose between participating in the 5k in-person or virtually! All Franklin County Cooperative employees and dependents (spouses/domestic partners and children) are welcome to participate in the run/walk whether you are a competitive runner, a casual jogger, or just want to get outside to enjoy a nice walk around your neighborhood.

In-Person Race: This event will take place on Sunday, October 8th, 2023, at Wolfe Park (105 Park Dr. Columbus, OH 43209). 

Virtual Race: The race opens on Sunday, October 8th, and runs through Thursday, October 19th, 2023. You can complete the 5k at any time during that window. Do it solo, or with your family – around your neighborhood or favorite running path. It’s up to you! Click here and follow the instructions to submit your race results by October 19th.

Who is eligible to participate?

Both events are for Cooperative employees and dependents. It is not open to the public. There is no fee to participate in this year’s in-person 5k, and virtual participants will only pay if selecting the "with swag" option. Simply register by clicking the 'Sign Up' button for the event you wish to register for. The 5k events are for eligible participants aged 9 and older. The Kids Race is recommended for eligible children aged 8 and under.


Employees and spouses/domestic partners are eligible to receive a $50 Well-Being Activity incentive through ThriveOn’s Wellness Your Way program by participating in the 5k. To earn your incentive you must participate in person on race day or submit your results for the virtual race. Reminder, maximum of 4 well-being activities per person.

Registration is based on the honor system. If you are unsure if you can participate, please do not register until which time you are sure.

Strollers and wheelchairs are permitted. Participation with pets, bicycles, scooters, or hoverboards is prohibited.

The in-person race is subject to BOC, local and federal policies, and guidance related to COVID-19. Any changes to the event (i.e. switch to 100% virtual, mask requirements, etc.) will be communicated promptly via email to the address used during registration.

Additional Event Information


  • In-person 5K race: Register by July 31 to receive swag (all in-person participants will receive a medal)
  • In-person kids race: Register by July 31 to receive swag (all in-person participants will receive a medal)
  • Virtual 5K race: Register by July 31st to receive swag (or choose a no swag option at any time)
  • Virtual kids race: Register by July 31st to receive swag (or choose a no swag option at any time)

Packet Pickup

All in-person participants must pick up their packets ON RACE DAY. There is no early packet pickup for this year's event. Race day pickup for in-person registrants begins at 8:30 AM.

ThriveOn will ship packets for ALL virtual registrants who choose the "with swag" option and pay the $5 registration/shipping fee. Shipping will take place on or about October 2nd. If you have questions you can contact ThriveOn at 614-525-3948 or 

Live Event Parking

There is parking at Wolfe Park, across Broad St at St Charles Preparatory School, and a bit south at Academy Park.

In-Person Race Day Timeline

  • 8:30 AM - Race day packet pickup begins
  • 9:30 AM - Packet pickup closes
  • 9:45 AM - Kids Race begins
  • 9:50 AM - Participants must be at the start line for a safety briefing
  • 9:55 AM - Foreword from the Franklin County Board of Commissioners
  • 10:00 AM - The Franklin County 5K & ThriveOn Challenge takes off! No late starts will be allowed
  • 12:00 PM - The race is finished. All participants, volunteers, and staff must be off of the course

Flu Vaccines

ThriveOn will be partnering with OhioHealth to provide free flu vaccines after the race. All Franklin County Cooperative employees, spouses/domestic partners, and dependent children 16+ (with guardian present) are eligible to receive a free flu vaccine. No appointment is required.


The event will be held rain or shine. The race may be canceled in the event of severe weather or other factors preventing the safe operation of the race. 


Individual Awards

- Best family showing - submit a photo of you and your family completing the 5k together

- Best route - submit a scenic photo or a screenshot of your creative route

- Cutest running partner - submit a photo of your kids/pets joining you for the race (*absolutely no pets allowed at the in-person race)

- NEW! 5 in-person participants will be randomly selected to win a $150 Columbus Running Company gift card

Agency Challenge

Each year ThriveOn encourages a little friendly competition between agencies. This year, the agency with the highest participation will be named the agency champion and will receive the ThriveOn Challenge Cup, bragging rights, and a healthy breakroom makeover! Awards will be given to small, medium, and large agencies.

Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.


Available for Apple and Android devices.

Interactive Race Day Experience with RaceJoy

Live Phone Tracking, GPS Progress Alerts and Cheers!

We are providing you with RaceJoy as part of the official race experience for the Franklin County 5K & ThriveOn Challenge - In-Person and Virtual Options.

Download the RaceJoy mobile app in advance to ensure proper phone setup. Invite your friends and family to track you and send you cheers!

Some key RaceJoy features include:

GPS Progress Alerts

  • Receive continual progress updates as you complete your goal.

Live GPS Tracking

  • Remote spectators can track your progress live in a map view. You can also track others.


  • Receive supportive audio cheers from remote friends & family.

Virtual Results (virtual events only)

  • Enter your race-assigned bib number to automatically submit your finish data for real-time scored results.
To use RaceJoy, you must carry your phone and activate tracking on the day you complete your race.
View RaceJoy How-To


In-person race: Wolfe Park - Columbus, Ohio
Virtual race: Anywhere you are!

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