Big Nut Strut

Sunday, October 10, 2021 Directions

Welcome to the 12th Annual Big Nut Strut! You can participate in person or virtual for the 5K race or 1 mile walk. The Big Nut Strut brings our community together helping raise support for all Big Walnut Preschool, Elementary, Intermediate, Middle School and High School PTOs. These committees enrich our students educational experience through support of additional programs and materials to their curriculum. Come join us to show your EAGLE PRIDE! Each racer will receive a short sleeve shirt, swag bag, racer bib, race day celebrations, your running times posted on the Columbus Running Company website (and on the results tab at the top of this page) and bragging rights with your fellow racers!

Additional Race Information

Early Packet pickup

If you want to save time in line on race day, you can pick up your race packets in our drive through pick up at GRE (General Rosecrans Elementary 301 S Miller Dr 43074) October 9th from 8am-1pm. If you can't make it to early packet pickup, packets can be picked up on the day of the race at the race site.

Event changes

You can change your event (5K -> 1 Mile, or 1 Mile -> 5K) at any time through October 8! If it's before the race starts, simply go to your RunSignUp profile and follow these instructions. If you need to request an event change after October 8, please use the Questions button on this page.


Parking will be available at General Rosecrans Elementary (301 S Miller Dr 43074), surrounding neighborhood side streets, or the Kroger lot across Miller Dr.

Race Day Timeline

  • 12:30 PM - Race day pickup and registration begins at General Rosecrans Elementary School
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Pre-race celebration and family fun
  • 2:00 PM - The Big Nut Strut 5K and 1 Mile begin!
  • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Post race cool down and awards announcements


Recognition will be provided to the following finishers in the in-person 5K (see below). No awards will be given out in the 1 Mile Walk.

  • First and second place overall (both genders)
  • Top finisher in age group 1-5 years (both genders)
  • Top finisher in age group 6-11 years (both genders)
  • Top finisher in age group 12-14 years (both genders)
  • Top finisher in age group 15-18 years (both genders)
  • Fastest family

Course Map

Race Contact Info

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

What is a virtual race?

Although Big Nut Strut is typically an in-person race, we recognize this is not an option at the moment with the necessary safety measures in place. The purpose of this event is to give runners something to look forward to (while getting some awesome swag) while raising funds for Big Walnut Elementary, Intermediate, Middle School, and High School PTOs.

Steps To Complete A Virtual 5K

Step 1: Sign up

Sign up for the Big Nut Strut here, and drop some extra in the bucket for Big Walnut Preschool, Elementary, Intermediate and Middle School PTOs while you're there!

Step 2: Train

Train to get in shape for your race. Listen to your body and be smart. Looking for a group to connect with to keep you motivated throughout your training cycle? Check out the Rally Columbus group on Facebook, it's full of cheer and motivation to keep you rolling through race day.

Step 3: Participate

Get out during the event time frame (October 10-16) and participate in your race. Choose a safe course, socially distance properly as the current regulations dictate, and have some fun!

Step 4: Report

After you've completed your race, you can report your results right from the website's results page. See our How To Report Results page on the site for details.


What Do I Get For Signing Up?

A short sleeve shirt: support the Big Nut Strut year-round by sporting this short sleeve tee!

Support your Big Walnut Preschool, Elementary, Intermediate, Middle School, and High School PTOs. The goal of the PTOs is to enrich the students' educational experience by providing additional programs and materials that will enhance their curriculum, especially during a time when funding and programs have been eliminated. All registration proceeds benefit the PTOs, as well as any additional donations you make during the registration process. Thank you for your generosity.

You get to choose your own course. Always wish that your local race would run through that one super gorgeous park you love? Pick a scenic route there that allows you to be safe. 


In-Person: General Rosecrans Elementary School
Virtual: Anywhere you are!


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