Wooster racers on the run for charity

August 31, 2013 by  

The United Way got a boost to its fundraising efforts thanks to runners in Wooster, Ohio, who came out Saturday, August 17, to participate in the 2013 Buehler’s Heart and Sole Race.

An annual event for the charity, the race drew approximately 720 participants, many who were running for the first time. They had a choice of a marathon, a half-marathon, or a 5K.

More than 400 runners chose the 5K, but the race that caught the attention of Todd Jasin, Assistant Director of United Way, was the half-marathon. Jasin notes that the half-marathon began nine years ago with 15 participants, and today drew 140 – nearly 10 times as many.

Jasin credits the increase to the fact that runners recognize the professionalism of the course, and the well-run nature of the race. Word has spread courtesy of satisfied participants, and others have come to join in. There is now a group of “half-marathon hard core runners” who come every year.

The increase in half-marathoners has allowed an official pace team to join them. The team was provided by Vertical Runner, a local sporting goods store, and team members were spread among the half-marathoners to help them reach their times. Some wanted to finish in 90 minutes, and some were trying to finish in 2 hours, 20 minutes.

Jasin noted that running has become a true bonding experience, with people starting the race as strangers but ending as friends.

United Way could work with brochure printers to create a pamphlet that describes this year’s race and invites people to start thinking about next year’s event.