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The Long John Run

Put on your best long johns, thermal underwear, red union suit, white knickers, winter knickers, paul bunyan's, long handlers, hillbilly wedding outfit, or canadian tuxedo and get out of your log cabin or dorm room to welcome Spring and join us on Saturday, March 30 on the campus of The Ohio State University for a fun 5K  run and walk. 
The Long John Run is part of the OSU Ross Heart Hospital's Wellness series - a partnership between The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, OSU Ross Heart Hospital and City of Columbus Recreation and Parks and the Department of Health to promote heart-healthy activities across Central Ohio for the prevention of heart disease.  All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Ross Heart Hospital for heart disease treatment and research or back into the community for City of Columbus programs supporting heart health and overall wellness.
In addition, we are collecting laundry detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets, soap, toilet paper and paper towels to be donated to The Unverferth House www.unverferthhouse.org ,which serves as a temporary residence for The Ohio State University Medical Center heart transplant patients and families who live outside Franklin County. 

The first 250 participants will receive a special official thermal Long John Run shirt. All other participants will receive an offical Long John Run event shirt.

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March 30, 2013
8:30 AM

Ohio State University - The Oval
Columbus, OH

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Event Schedule

Pre-Event packet pick-up
12:00 pm Saturday, March 23 - 7:00 pm Friday, March 29
1344 West Lane Ave
Columbus, OH 43221

* Please note if you register on-line between March 23 and March 27, please allow 24 hours before picking up your packet. Registrations after March 27, race day packet pick-up only.

Event Day - Saturday, March 30
Packet pick-up at The OVAL: 7:30 am - 8:15 am
Event formation begins: 8:15 am
Announcements: 8:20 am
National Anthem: 8:25 am
Event Start: 8:30 am


* Male and Female
* Fraternity & Sorority
* Student Club

Shirts & Amenities

The 250 adults registered receive a long-sleeve thermal shirt. All adult participants registered by March 15 will be guaranteed to receive a sustainable event t-shirt. Registrations after March 15 will receive a shirt based on available qualities and sizes. If you do not receive a thermal shirt you will receive a short-sleeve sustainable Long John Run official event t-shirt.

Event Rules

No. 1 Rule: Have Fun!
No. 2 Rule: Wear your favorite long johns!
No. 3 Rule: Always remember you are a guest of The Ohio State University
No. 4 Rule: Help us fight Heart Disease!

Entry Fee

Advanced Registration
Students Sweet Sixteen! Go Bucks! - $16
Non-students - $31

Event Day Registration
Students - $25
Non-students - $36;

Must be in high school, middle school or an undergraduate 25 & younger to be eligible for student rate.


Awards will be given to the top 5 male and female finishers of the 5k. Other awards include:

* Best Canadian Tuxedo
* Worst Hillbilly Wedding Outfit
* Best West Virginia Fraternity and Sorority King & Queen

Policies & Refunds

There are no refunds or transfers. Additionally, if you do not show up for the event, no shirt or packets will be mailed.


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The event starts at The Oval and travels through the scenic campus of The Ohio State University.  The course is either a road or paved pathway.