50-acre multi-purpose complex in Obetz on southeast side of Columbus signs five-year agreement with OHSAA - COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association cross country state championships are moving to Fortress Obetz, a 50-acre multi-purpose sports complex with a 6,500-seat grandstand located in Obetz on the southeast side of Columbus, OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass announced Wednesday.

The fall is a great time for running as the humidity disappears, the temperature become ideal and the fall foliage makes for an enjoyable run. I hope that you are able to keep up your training and run a somewhat normal race or a virtual run this fall. Stay healthy and I hope to see you at a race soon.

You have accumulated donations with a value of $7 million in order for the track team to continue the excellence that it has attained for your university for decades. Suddenly, three administrators, the president, provost, and athletic director, decide to discontinue the program and use the money to support other sports. This is what has happened to one of the most iconic programs in the country: The College of William & Mary. This storied program has been led by coaching legends Harry Groves, John Randolph, Roy Chernock, Walt Drenth, and Dan Stimson; it has produced NCAA champions, Olympians, world record holders, Rhodes Scholars, Academic All-Americans, and many other true student-athletes.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the 33rd Annual Circleville Classic will be a virtual run/walk. You can pick your own 5-mile, 5K, or 1-mile route and join in the fun. During registration, you will have your choice of a short or long-sleeved shirt that will be mailed directly to you.

When considering the current state of athletics on all levels that Covid 19 has caused, it is important that a great deal of imagination and innovation be used in order to ensure that sports continue; therefore, we must learn, unite, and work very hard to find effective ways to make cross-country appealing and viable, yet make certain that the rules set forth are followed in order to assure that our season continues. The same is true for track and field should the pandemic continue into spring.