For the safety of everyone this year’s event will be a Virtual 5K Run/Walk. Registering for the Virtual 5K will enable you to pick up your t-shirt, and finisher pint glass at Columbus Running Company's Short North location during early packet pickup times. If you or a friend doesn’t pick up your race packet your t-shirt will be mailed to you two weeks after the event (sorry your pint glass will not be mailed).

Jeff McGowan Memorial Virtual 5K

In Memory of Jeff McGowan and Mark Dempsey

Sunday, August 9th


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.

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