Remembrance run slated for next month

Published 10:28 am Monday, September 5, 2011

Remembering and honoring a loved one who’s passed away.

That’s the idea behind the Community Hospice Run in Remembrance, planned for Saturday, Oct. 15.

The 5K run/walk begins and ends at Ninth and Heplar streets in Ironton.

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The idea behind the event is that participants run or walk in honor of a friend or family member who has died. It does not matter if the loved one had been affected by Community Hospice, said Mandy Medinger, marketing and community outreach specialist for the organization.

On the day of the race, the names of each of the loved ones will be posted on memory boards.

“It’s a good way to remember their loved one,” Medinger said.

This is the second year for the race, which benefits Community Hospice. Last year 182 people registered and 156 participated in the race. Runners came from Circleville, Huntington, Grayson, Pedro, Proctorville, and Chesapeake, among other places, Medinger said.

“We had quite a few that traveled,” Medinger said. “We had a lot of good compliments from tenured runners at how well run it was.”

Awards will be given out in the Rotunda at Ohio University Southern. Trophies will be given to the top three male and female runners as well as to the top three male and female in each age category.

Medinger said the proceeds would help Community Hospice to supply the services that it provides for the community. The main reason for the race is to raise awareness about Community Hospice, she said.

“We’d like to thank the sponsors that have helped put it on,” Medinger said. “Without them we wouldn’t be able to put it on. We’d like to thank the city of Ironton.

“It’s just a fun day. (It’s a way to) have a good time with friends and family and remember loved ones at the same time.”

Runners may register at or at Registration forms are also available at Community Hospice. The price to participate is $15 before Oct.7. After Oct. 7 and on race day, the price is $20.

The race will begin at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 15.