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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.
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.
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).
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!
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:
Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.Questions?
Make sure you download the RaceJoy mobile app for live phone tracking at the Jeff McGowan Memorial 5K.
Carry your phone and use RaceJoy to add to your race experience with these key features:
The Jeff McGowan Memorial 5K is sponsoring RaceJoy to provide participants and spectators these features for free (normally a 99 cents upgrade fee for both the participant and spectator).