Toledo, Ohio — March 10, 2022: The Mercy Health Glass City Marathon (GCM) has added new partner, Nationwide Children’s Hospital – Toledo, as the title sponsor of its annual kids run. The three year agreement will help to promote a healthy lifestyle for area youth and build on an inclusive race-day environment through ongoing initiatives already present in the region.
The Nationwide Children’s – Toledo Kids Run will be held on Saturday morning, April 23, 2022 at the University of Toledo. Children age 5 to 12 can participate in either the quarter mile, half mile or one mile course around campus and finish on the field inside the Glass Bowl Stadium. Up to seven hundred kids participate in this event annually and receive many keepsake items on race day, including: custom race bib, finisher medal, t-shirt, mug, photographs, and plenty of refreshments. For more information and registration information, visit www.glasscitymarathon.org.
“We’re honored to be a part of this important community event and excited to see all the kids, friends, and families who participate,” said Jeff Dempsey, president, Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center and interim COO, Nationwide Children’s Hospital – Toledo. “The Mercy Health Glass City Marathon is the perfect opportunity to demonstrate one of the many ways Nationwide Children’s Hospital – Toledo and Mercy Health will showcase our partnership and our shared vision of advancing pediatric care.”
In conjunction with their partnership with Mercy Health to advance pediatric health services for families in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan, Nationwide Children’s – Toledo brings considerable insight to the race through their longstanding partnership with the Nationwide Columbus Marathon that will help to make this kids run even more impactful on the community.
“We’re thrilled to have Nationwide Children’s – Toledo involved in race weekend. Their commitment to childrens’ health goes without saying, and to have them on board helping us continue to incentivize healthful habits through our youth running program will have a true impact in the community. We look forward to nurturing this relationship and adding new experiences to our kids run event as the years progress,” said Clint McCormick, race director.
This partnership with Nationwide Children’s Toledo adds another avenue by which GCM can leverage all that Toledo, Ohio has to offer in making a late April race weekend a true destination event for families from around the country to attend.
“Our race management team has done a great job forging this new partnership through proven success and existing relationships. It’s another example of how Toledo is becoming more nationally recognized as a top tier running community,” said Tim Carney, president, Toledo Roadrunners Club.
Mercy Health Glass City Marathon has also been recognized with the Race Director of the Year and Race of the Year awards, as well as being named the Road Runners Club of America’s (RRCA) Central Region Championship, an Abbott World Age Group Qualifier, Boston Marathon Qualifier and a USA Track and Field (USATF) Sanctioned marathon. The USATF sanctioning allows for runners to earn their way into the Olympic Trials Qualifier Marathon.