Glow Run 5k set for Aug. 27

By Portia Williams -

Physical family fun will be illuminated, literally, at the ‘Glow Run 5K.’ The theme is ‘Glow the Distance’ and the event will be held Aug. 27, 2016. Registration will begin at the 7 p.m., at the Shawnee State University(SSU) gymnasium, the Kids Fun Run at 8:30 p.m., and the race to begin at 9 p.m.

The Glow Run 5k race course will extend along the expanse of the historic flood wall murals. The Runners will begin near the Grant Bridge and follow the murals before looping around York Park and heading back to the finish line

The event is being hosted by Dr. Kemmely Hochstetler, a contestant for the local 2017 ‘Dancing With Our Stars’, and practicing family physician is hosting the Glow Run 5K as a fundraising effort. Hochstetler said her goal was to host an event that would create a combination of family fun and physical activity.

“I am going to be representing SOMC in the Dancing With Our Stars that is coming up in March and I am an avid runner, and so I wanted to do a fundraiser that is outdoors and active,” Hochstetler said. “I have ran in a lot of 5K’s locally through Tristateracer, so I wanted to do an event that was a family friendly event that would incorporate physical activity and that is how the Glow Run 5k came about.”

With the societal norm excessive use of electronic devices and television. Hochstetler said the Glow Run 5K promotes choosing healthier options.

“I am always advocating for my patients the importance of physical activity, being active, diet, exercise, those types of things,” Hochstetler said. “We live in an era right now where we’re all on our phones, we’re all watching television, but physical activity is even more important than any of those things and it is just as important to be active as a family, whether its hiking or swimming, and in this case running. “

Glow Run 5K proceeds will be allocated towards local American Red Cross programs, which is very helpful, according Debbie Smith, executive director of the Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross.

“All proceeds from the Glow Run, and the fundraisers that are from the Dancing With the Stars dancers, all go to support the local Red Cross, and the local counties which include Scioto, Pike, Jackson, Adams, Lawrence and Brown counties,” Smith said. “So that helps with all of the disaster response training that we do in our local areas.”

Smith said she greatly appreciates the efforts of the Dancing With Our Stars contestants, and expects the Glow Run to be an event full of fun.

“We are very appreciative of our dancers, and all of their hard work that they are putting into their events that they are having for Dancing With Our Stars,” Smith said. “The Glow Run will be a fantastic event, and looks like so much fun. I am exciting about going to it too.”

Hochstetler said she wanted to bring all kinds of families together through the event.

“So my goal was to create an event where we could incorporate families, families of all ages, which is why we’re doing the $10 admission for their children to do that, and they can still be part of the festivities, still see what’s going on, be together as a family a have a fun day.

Entry fees consist of $20 for preregistration by Aug. 1, and $25 after Aug. 1 and on race day, and $10 for Kids Fun Run ages 12 and under.

Registration is set to begin at 7 p.m., inside the SSU gymnasium. Race admission provides participants with a free T-shirt, free glow stick and access to post race family friendly dance party.

Age groups for event event participation are composed of male and female divisions, ages 10 and under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and older.

Awards will be given for best glow costume, top two male and female finishers, top three male and female finishers in age divisions as noted above. Walkers and strollers are also welcome.

For more information regarding the Glow Run 5K, and to register, visit:

By Portia Williams

Reach Portia Williams at 740-353-3101, ext. 1929, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.

Reach Portia Williams at 740-353-3101, ext. 1929, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.