July 25, 2016

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Road Runners preparing for the Half Marathon

MEDINA — Since the group was established in 2007, the Medina County Road Runners has grown by leaps and bounds.

In preparation for the inaugural Medina Half Marathon, which will be held May 31, 2014, the club will be holding a free half marathon event Saturday. The race, which already has over 450 runners registered to participate, will start at 8 a.m. in downtown Medina.

The 13.1-mile course, which will start and end on Broadway Street off the historic Medina square, will take runners through the north side of town to Reagan Parkway and Lake Medina. It then follows state Route 18 to a newly paved trail at Roscoe Ewing Park before heading back to downtown.

The MCRR is hoping the race will draw interest for next year’s event, which will also include a 5K race.

“This can help put Medina on the map,” said co-race director Beth Bugner, who is conducting the event along with club members Bob Pokorny and Ron Ross. “I’ve always been intrigued by the economic impact of marathons. With this one, you can see the square, shop, eat and see how pretty our town really is.”

While the event is free, fans are asked to consider giving a small donation to The Patriot Runners, a newly-formed Medina charity that provides assistance to combat-wounded veterans and helps return them to recreational sports. It also helps them deal with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries.

Donation boxes for the charity will be set up with an American flag and all money raised will be used to help vets with things like physical therapy costs, prosthetics and disorder awareness.

For more details on the event and the MCRR, visit the group’s website at medinacountyroadrunners.com. For information on how to donate to The Patriot Runners, visit patriot-runners.org.

Contact Dan Brown at sports@medina-gazette.com.