Before lacing up your lucky athletic sneakers to take off on a 5K course, you have to consider all of the variables. What will the weather be like? Should you layer your outfit? Is your footwear broken in enough to be comfortable, without having too many miles on the tread? And, in the case of the Ohio Valley Hospital and Kennedy Township 5K, did you train properly to prepare for all of those hills?
This year’s 37th annual race on May 12th was one for the books. More than 230 participants came out to the hospital’s campus to run or walk the hilly course under sunny, blue skies and warm temperatures. Dozens of volunteers, family members, and friends stood along the course with signs and cowbells, cheering them on as participants pounded pavement in the spring heat.
It was a special year for the 5K, as Ohio Valley Hospital’s President and CEO, David W. Scott, FACHE, plans on retiring before the 2019 race. He first became involved with the outing 32 years ago, and has been instrumental in ensuring the race became –and remained- successful. Back in the 90s, he kept the race neighborhood-friendly, while growing it to include participants from all over Western Pennsylvania. He also changed the race from a 10K run/walk/bike event in July to a 5K in May. Today, with a DJ playing as participants start the race, to a full continental breakfast awards ceremony after, many participants consider this local race and all of its ‘perks’ to be one of their favorites; they can thank David Scott for that. Of course, as a fellow runner, he also enjoys actually RUNNING the race. This year, in addition to a plaque honoring his time spent with the race, Scott picked up a 3rd place medal for the time he ran in his age group!
OVH’s President and CEO wasn’t the only race winner, of course. The First Overall Winner of the 37th annual Ohio Valley Hospital and Kennedy Township 5K was Montour graduate Bailey Rotellini, finishing with an impressive time of 18:54! Placing as the Second Overall Male Finisher, Doug Basinski came in at 19:51. The Third Overall Male Finisher, Heath Piper, came in at 20:02. The First Overall Female Finisher, Alysha Bartosh, came in at 21:29. The Second Overall Female Finisher, Shannon McKenzie, finished at 22:22. The Third Overall Female Finisher, Katie Johnston, finished at 23:47.
Several community groups put together teams to take part in the race, including Focus on Renewal in McKees Rocks. The Rehabilitation Services department at Ohio Valley Hospital has a team every year; this year’s race shirt was in honor of a beloved staff member and fellow 5K runner who died last year, Lori Hiney Johnston.
Sponsorships from Clearview Federal Credit Union and Canon paid for race and volunteer shirts; Rosedale Technical College sponsored the DJ; other companies made food donations, and local businesses filled the race packets. This year’s race offered a special musical treat in the form of Jenna Weaver, a classically-trained opera singer, performing the Star Spangled Banner to much applause. DJ David Hopperfield also came out to run the race, and he brought the Froggy van along for the ride!
Next year’s race is likely to be the second Saturday in May once again. Even if he won’t be volunteering, David Scott promises to come back and run. He’ll start preparing for those hills in January 2019; right around the time registration opens for the 38th annual Ohio Valley Hospital and Kennedy Township 5K!
Check out this year’s race results!
For more information on next year’s race.