Everyone is welcome to participate in this year’s Dr. Bender 5K Classic – which will be conducted as a virtual race. A longstanding community 5K run and walk through the streets of Canal Winchester, this year’s move to a virtual race allows us to continue the tradition of running for a great cause, despite the fact that all of us are currently practicing social distancing measures. As always, proceeds from registration and sponsorships from this year’s virtual race will directly benefit the boys and girls cross country teams at Canal Winchester High School. As an added bonus for 2020, the first 50 registrants for this year’s race will receive a $10 gift card (one per household) to Columbus Running Company!
Where can you run or walk the 5K? With the switch to virtual this year, you can run your 5K anywhere that you would like! Bikepaths, neighborhood routes, and the like are all great options. We may be socially distant, but we can all share these miles in solidarity while supporting a great cause. The steps are simple:
1. Sign up
2. Train for your 5K
3. Run or walk your 5K
4. Submit Your Results
Cotton t-shirts with this year’s race design are guaranteed to participants who complete the race by Sunday, July 19. Please indicate your size in the registration process.
Raffle prizes will be drawn on Monday, July 20 at 8:00pm (EST) via Facebook Live at the Dr. Bender 5K Classic page. These prizes will be delivered in-person to a local winner and mailed to a non-local winner.
There will be a t-shirt pickup in Canal Winchester between 7/24 and 7/26 (details will come later to all participants via email) and shirts will be mailed to out of town participants on Monday, 7/27.
Additionally, the Alumni/Team challenge competition and the 1 Mile Fun Run from years prior have both been canceled for this year due to the switch to a virtual race.