Friends of the Poor Walk/Run

Sat September 26, 2020 Columbus, OH US 43224 Directions

5K Run/Walk

$30 9:00AM EDT - 10:30AM EDT Registration Opens March 30, 2020 at 12:00am EDT
Race Location

4212 Karl Road, Columbus, OH 43224


Join us for the inaugural 5K Run/Walk in support of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Diocesan Council of Columbus.  This is a fast and flat course with the start and finish on the St. Francis DeSales High School track.  Awards will be given to the top 3 overall finishers (male and female) as well as top male and female age group finishers (12 and under, 13 - 19, 20 - 29, 30 - 39, 40 - 49, 50 - 59 and 60 - 69 and 70+).  An award will also be given to the school with the highest number of 5K participants.

This is the 10th year of the FOP Walk and the 2nd year with a 5K Run/Walk.  Your participation, by running or walking will benefit the ministries of the Society of St Vincent de Paul Diocesan Council of Columbus (SVDP) and its 61 parish-based conferences in the 23-counties of the Catholic Diocese of Columbus.


Event Day Timeline
  • 7:30 AM - Race day packet pickup and registration will begin at the NW corner of the stadium grounds
  • 9:00 AM - The Friends of the Poor 5K will begin
  • 9:05 AM - The Friends of the Poor 1 Mile Walk will begin
I Mile Walk Registration

Registration for the 1 Mile Walk around the St. Frances de Sales HS track can be accessed at link below.  At the WALK registration site, participants can register and select their beneficiary for funds raised. Click on SELECT BENEFICIARY, enter Diocese of Columbus under CHOOSE A DIOCESE, and scroll through the 7 pages of names listing the SVdP conferences in the Columbus Diocese.  Select the conference of your choice!  There is no registration fee for the 1-mile walk.

Additional Event Information

SVDP is a lay Catholic organization that aspires to live the gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice, hope and joy, and by working to shape a more just and compassionate society.  In the 23-county Columbus Diocese, SVDP aids our community members by providing emergency assistance to persons in need, including:

  • Food (St Lawrence Haven Food Line and multiple parish-based food pantries),
  • Clothing (SVDP Clothing Center)
  • Shelter/transitional housing (St Vincent Haven and Gardens on 6th in Newark)
  • Rent and utility assistance, medical expense assistance
  • Funeral assistance through a Funeral Fund
  • Furniture assistance through the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio.

We sponsor Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin'-By World sessions to allow persons in poverty to examine their lives and resources, and determine for themselves what resources to build and how to create their own future story. Our Microloan Program gives persons the opportunity to acquire low-interest loans between $500 and $1000.  Financial mentoring is provided during the term of the loan.  Successful repayment increases the credit score of the loan recipient.  We also sponsored the development of the Vincentian Ohio Action Network, an organization that gives low-income persons the opportunity to be leaders in their community on issues impacting their lives.  Among the Issues that VOAN members have addresses include barriers faced by returning citizens (jobs, housing, etc), payday lending, and broadband access in rural communities.  These issues have been addressed primarily at the local and state levels.


Early Packet Pickup

Early packet pickup in the 1st-floor conference room at The Catholic Center of the Columbus Diocese, 197 E Gay Street, Columbus, OH 43215.  Packet pickup is available on both Thursday and Friday, September 26 and 27, 2019, from 12 - 5 pm each day.



Ample parking is available at St Francis de Sales High School in the parking lot south of the school.

Course Map
Champion of the Poor
Patron of the Poor
Advocate for the Poor
Defender of the Poor
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