RUNOHIO was introduced at the 1988 Columbus Marathon Expo and was first printed March 1989. My brother, Jeff and my mom, Jean, assisted with the start of the publication. 

RUNOHIO’s goal when we started was to provide timely running information with the most compete race calendar, results and running news around the state of Ohio.  We cover races in and around Ohio, the Ohio High School Athletic Association Cross Country and Track & Field State Championships. Plus, we cover the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials and the Track & Field U.S. Olympic Trials and National Championships. A number of ups and downs have occurred since we started RUNOHIO, but this issue starts our 36th year serving the running community

A lot have happened in the past thirty four years; including my father, Jim, passed away while I was at the Columbus Marathon expo in 1988, my brother, Jeff passing away in 2012 and my mom passing in 2018.  In 2008 I had 95% blockage in my right coronary artery and had three stents inserted and in 2014 I had 100% blockage in my circumflex coronary artery and had another stent inserted.  I think anyone who has faced death whether with a family member or their own life you become a different person.  

Hopefully, you have been able to get in some training this winter and ready for the spring racing season.   The spring is the favorite time of year for many runners and hundreds of races are listed in this issue's Race Calendar - https://www.runohio.com/index.php/events 

My first marathon was the Glass City Marathon which used to be held on Father's Day.  As a freshman at Ohio Northern University I entered with a few of my track and cross country teammates.  My longest run at the time was 12 miles, but I was in shape from cross country and track and finished 20th in 2:51.  The following year I ran 2:34ish, then I won on my third try a year later in 2:27:17 and after my senior year I finished second in 2:24:00.  

At graduate school at Miami University I ran with the men’s cross country athletes and started the Miami women’s cross country team which I coached for four years.  I increase my weekly training and ran the Boston Marathon three times finishing 149th, 53rd and 33rd with a personal best of 2:22:08.

Good luck to everyone running a marathon this spring.

Over the years I have been involved with nearly 200 events and have seen numerous changes in directing races. In 1980 while attending graduate school at Miami University I directed my first race, after starting the women’s cross country team at Miami thru the Intramurals Department under the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women.  For four years I directed a 5K cross country event and a five miler in the fall to bring attention and raise money for the team.  . In the spring I started the Red Brick Run 5K which is still being held.  .  It took four years before the university made the program an intercollegiate team once the NCAA started sponsoring Women’s Championships.  I also directed the Converse Midwest Cross Country Championships. In Columbus, I directed the Columbus 10K for fourteen years and I directed the Arnold races for twenty years, the Columbus Jingle Bell 5K for five years, the Crew 5K for four years, Worthington Classic for four years and the Watterson-Whetstone Alumni Cross Country 5K.  Also, I have directed the Circleville Classic 5 Miler (now 5K) for thirty-six years and the Granville Bryn Du Summer Cross Country Series for nineteen years.  

The Granville Summer Cross Country Series and the Circleville Classic races are still looking for someone to help continue the races with my help.  If interested - please contact me – Matt McGowan - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Are you interested in advertising your event or other running related products? RUNOHIO is offering a discount on all 2024 ads. If you are interested in adverting in the print RUNOHIO or on the web race calendar contact Matt McGowan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Chuck Bartlett for advertising on the RUNOHIO web site and RUNOHIO E-Newsletter This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Don't forget to renew your subscription to the printed RUNOHIO in 2024. If you are not a subscriber, I hope you will be one this year.  https://runsignup.com/runohio 

Matt McGowan