Toledo’s Glass City Marathon to remember Boston
Clint McCormick, race director for the Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon, responded to the Boston Marathon that killed three and injured about 150 people. The Glass City Marathon is considered a Boston Marathon qualifier.
“Everyone involved in the Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon – our organizers and sponsors, participants and supporters — extend our sincerest sympathies to those affected by the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15,” said McCormick. “As marathon enthusiasts, we share in the camaraderie of the sport and the long history of the Boston Marathon, and are appalled at the senseless violence of this act.
“Runner and spectator safety is always a top priority for any marathon, and that will be the case at the 2013 Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon April 28. Our race security is a coordinated effort among the police forces of the City of Toledo, Ottawa Hills, Sylvania Township, City of Sylvania and the University of Toledo.
“We will keep the Boston runners and spectators in our thoughts as we continue our planning for the Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon next week.”
There will be several opportunities for participants and fans of the Glass City Marathon to show their support for those affected by the bombings at the Boston Marathon this week.
The April 28 Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon will be held at The University of Toledo’s Glass Bowl. In addition to the Marathon, the day will feature the Owens Corning Half Marathon, the five-person Marathon Relay and a 5K run/walk. In addition, a Kids’ Marathon will be featured at the Marathon Expo, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 27.
“With our marathon coming so soon after the horrific events of the Boston Marathon, we have a special responsibility to remember those affected by the bombings while honoring the bond of runners everywhere,” said McCormick.
The team representing the police forces of the City of Toledo, Ottawa Hills, Sylvania Township, City of Sylvania and The University of Toledo has reviewed all security systems and protocols. All safety measures are in place, and will be continuously reviewed as race day approaches.
Inside the Glass Bowl, runners and spectators will be greeted with a banner that commemorates the unity between the Boston Marathon and the Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon. Runners will be given commemorative wristbands to wear in this and future races. The wristbands will carry the phrase “runners united,” and be in the Boston Marathon colors of yellow and blue.
“We’ll also remember the Boston Marathon with a moment of silence just prior to the 7 a.m. start of our Marathon, Half-Marathon and Marathon Relay,” said McCormick. The 5K run begins at 7:15 a.m.
In addition, Marathon officials recommend supporting its official charities as a way to make a positive impact in our local area. Official charities include the Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism, Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity, Kids Unlimited, Family House, Catholic Charities USA, Girls on the Run and Research Down Syndrome. At the national level, visit www.redcross.org to learn more about making financial or blood donations.
The best short-term action, McCormick said, is the community’s support for the Marathon.
“Wear yellow and blue in solidarity with the Boston Marathon,” he said. “But more important, come out and support the participants of the Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon and their families and friends along the route, It will mean a great deal to all the runners.”
Glass City event growing
Interest in participating in one of the Glass City Marathon events on April 28 is increasing, according to McCormick.
“We are averaging about 75 to 100 registrations per day right now,” McCormick said. “We have passed the 5,000 registrant mark, and expect about 1,500 more runners to register by race day.” The 2012 events had a total of 6,000 runners.
Considered one of the fastest marathon courses in the Midwest and one of the top 25 marathons in the country, the Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon begins and ends at the University of Toledo, winding through Old Orchard, Ottawa Hills and Sylvania Township neighborhoods before finishing in Glass Bowl Stadium. It features little elevation change, smooth roads, metropark running, a stadium finish and a post race party.
The RRCA has designated this marathon as the regional championship race, and it is an excellent Boston qualifier, says McCormick.
The Owens Corning Half Marathon has sold out, and tickets are selling quickly for the five-person Marathon Relay, the 5K run and the Findley Davies Kids Marathon.
Former Clay and Youngstown State University long distance runner Matt Folk, 36, won the 2012 Glass City Marathon with a time of 2:26.27, over seven minutes better than runner-up Ryan Jara of Syracuse, N.Y. (2:34.02).
Folk, a 1994 Clay graduate, qualified for the 1998 Division I Cross Country National Championships at the University of Kansas, becoming YSU’s first male cross country runner to compete at the national level.
He was a nine-time Mid-Continent Conference all-academic selection and helped the cross country and track and field programs capture five conference titles. He set school records in the five-mile run, the 10K in cross country and the outdoor 10,000 meters.
Folk graduated from YSU in 1999 and became an assistant coach at YSU. Today, he lives in Perrysburg.
In the Glass City 5K, 63-year-old John Newton of Curtice was 12th (20 minutes flat), even though every runner finishing ahead of Newton was younger. Sean Hoeft, age 11 from Martin, was the youngest top finisher in the 5K and finished 15th in 20:20.
In the half marathon, 24-year-old Bryan Dusseau, Oregon, was 14th (1:18.45) and 30-year-old Justin Riffle, Genoa, was 18th (1:20.45). In the relay, the Curtice-based Pearson Park Trailblazers were 10th in 3:11.21.
The event’s official charities include the Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism, the Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity, Kids Unlimited, Family House, Catholic Charities, Girls on the Run and Research Down Syndrome. Sponsors of the Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon include Medical Mutual, Owens Corning, YARK Subaru, The University of Toledo, The Toledo Blade, WNWO-TV, Cumulus Broadcasting, The Andersons, Subway, Metroparks of Toledo, Dave's Running, Michelob Ultra, Findley Davies and Great Black Swamp Brewery.
The Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon is produced by the Toledo Roadrunners Club, a private 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that organizes several local running events each year and supports camaraderie through friends who share a lifestyle of fitness enthusiasm.
For more information or to register, visit www.glasscitymarathon.org.