RACE FOR YOUR REASON
When did it start?
The beginning of Race for a Reason goes back to the Spring of 2006 when it was a 5K initially entitled Run For A Reason. The race became Race For a Reason in 2012 when it combined with Athlete In Action's Triathlon.
Why was it started?
Run for a Reason took the place of the annual spring MSA student fundraiser, Friday Night at the Fights. When Jim Kahler, Director of the AECOM Center for Sports Administration, arrived in December of 2005 the decision was already made that, for insurance reasons, our students could no longer be in the boxing business.
Who started the race?
The idea for a race event was brought to Ohio University by Jim Kahler and carried out by the MSA Class of 2006.
How has it grown?
Thanks to MSA students, past Race Directors and Bill Hauschild the event has seen tremendous growth since its inception. Year one saw little over 100 runners for the 5K Run for a Reason. At its peak, Race for a Reason held over 1,300 runners that participated in their choice of 6 different events on Race Day.
Today, Race For A Reason is the largest charitable race event in Southeastern Ohio, raising over $540,000 for local non-profits over the last eight years.