Sunday, August 1st - At this time we hope to offer an in person 5K Run at the Scioto Audubon - Metro Park and a Virtual 5K Run/Walk and a 1 Mile Virtual Run/Walk.  Join the Columbus Running Company and RUNOHIO for this eighth annual event in memory of Jeff McGowan and Mark Dempsey.


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.

 In person 5K Runners can pick up their race number and t-shirt early at the Short North Columbus Running Company store or at race site on race day.   Virtual 5K Run/Walk or 1 Mile Run/Walk athletes can also pick up their race number, t-shirt and finisher pint glass at Columbus Running Company's Short North location during early packet pickup times. If you or a friend are unable to pick up your race packet, It will mailed to you two weeks after the event. Unfortunately, due to shipping limitations, pint glasses will not be included.

 Mark Dempsey

"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.

Register online at: https://runsignup.com/jeffmcgowan5k 

For a race flyer: PRINT APPLICATION


This year’s Columbus Shamrock Club’s St. Patrick’s Parade badge honors both Jeff McGowan and Mark Dempsey  - here is the story behind the badge - http://runohio.com/index.php/news-features/features/150-2021-columbus-shamrock-club-parade-badge

Athletes who pick up their race packet early at the Short North Columbus Running Company store for the Jeff McGowan Memorial 5K in Memory of Jeff McGowan and Mark Dempsey will receive a free Columbus Shamrock Club’s Parade badge while supply last.