Jeff McGowan Memorial 5K

Sun August 9 - Sun August 16, 2020 RaceJoy Ready
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Description

Join Columbus Running Company and RunOHIO for a virtual run or walk at this seventh annual event in memory of Jeff McGowan.  

All proceeds from the race will benefit the Jeff McGowan Memorial Scholarship.

New in 2020

For the safety of everyone, this year’s event will be a Virtual 5K Run/Walk. Registering for the Virtual 5K will enable you to pick up your race number, t-shirt, and finisher pint glass at Columbus Running Company's Short North location during early packet pickup times (see below). If you or a friend doesn’t pick up your race packet your t-shirt will be mail to you two weeks after the event (sorry your pint glass will not be mailed).

This year’s race will also be in honor of Mark Dempsey as his name as well as Jeff’s name will be on the back of the race t-shirts and pint glasses.  Mark was president of the Columbus Shamrock Club in 2008 where Mark and Jeff first met. Mark died unexpectedly on January 10, 2020.

"When Mark Dempsey opened Dempsey's Food & Spirits in March 2012, Jeff McGowan was one of his first friends to enjoy a pint of Guinness and take part in the raucous Irish celebration that year. After Jeff passed away Mark made it a point to always have a few of the Jeff McGowan Memorial 5K race pint glasses on hand at Dempsey's for Jeff's family and many friends who stopped in to raise a pint in honor of him. Mark passed away in January but we'd like to think he and Jeff are raising a pint in honor of all the participants in this year's race." - Megan Dempsey, Mark's wife.

Jeff McGowan unexpectedly died on May 26, 2012. Jeff was an active member of the Shamrock Club of Columbus. A 1983 graduate of Circleville High School and a 1990 graduate of Ohio University, Jeff set school records at Circleville High School in the 2.5 mile and 5km cross country events as well as in the 800 meters, 1600 meters and 3200 meters. His senior year Jeff placed 3rd in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Cross Country Championships and was second in the 800 meters and 1600 meters at the OHSAA State Track & Field Championships.

You can donate to the Jeff McGowan Memorial Scholarship Fund during your registration or by clicking here.

Additional Race Information

Packet Pickup

Early packet pickup will be held at Columbus Running Company's Short North location on August 6, 7, 8, and 9 during normal business hours. If you or a friend doesn’t pick up your race packet your t-shirt will be mail to you two weeks after the event (sorry your pint glass will not be mailed).

Mail-In Registration

If you wish to mail in your registration form with cash/check, you can download the form below and send in. All mailed-in entries must be postmarked by July 28th!

Personalized virtual bib and finisher certificate

We will send instructions prior to the event regarding how to access and share/print your virtual bib and finisher certificate, but if you want to get a head start:

  • How to access your virtual race bib
  • Your virtual finisher certificate will be available to you after you have submitted results (available to submit between August 9-16 as detailed here). Search for your name in the results and click on your name to see your individual results page with your finisher certificate.

Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.

PDF
Race Contact Info

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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 Jeff McGowan Memorial 5K.

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.

Send-a-Cheer

  • 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.
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