Nearly 700 runners and walkers supported local students in their pursuit of a college degree by taking part in the 4th Annual UC Blue Ash Dash 5K for Scholarships.
The 5K was a chip-timed event that was held on the UC Blue Ash College campus on Saturday, October 8. There were 682 participants who raised $52,000, with the proceeds going to scholarships for students at UC Blue Ash. Over the past four years the 5K has now generated a total of over $175,000 for scholarships.
The scholarships are so important because almost half of the students at UC Blue Ash are the first in their family to attend college and more than 75% work part-time while going to school. The financial support provided through scholarships can often be the key to helping them stay on track toward graduation. Last year the college awarded 101 scholarships worth more than $115,000 to qualifying students.
The 5K participants enjoyed a sunny and cool fall morning with ideal temperatures for running. They traveled the course through the UC Blue Ash campus and out onto Plainfield Road and past the Blue Ash Golf Course, before turning back and finishing on the college campus. The Blue Ash Police Department managed the road closings during the 5K.
Tony O’Connor, of West Chester, was the overall winner with a time of 17:05. He is a UC Blue Ash student and is also the defending champ in this event after taking first place last year. In the women’s division, Kristen Leslie of Cincinnati won with a time of 18:51.
Ohio National Financial Services was once again the Premier Sponsor of the UC Blue Ash Dash 5K for Scholarships. Other generous sponsors included: (Gold Sponsors) McCluskey Chevrolet, Q102 (Silver Sponsors) Camargo Pharmaceuticals, Modern Office Methods, UC Health, (Bronze Sponsors) AP Tech, Cassady Schiller, Horan, Flynn & Company, Merrill Lynch: Neat Redpath & Spaeth Wealth Management Group, Priority Dispatch, ProSource, Wright Brothers Inc., Wornick Foods, UPS, and (Friend Sponsor) Fleet Feet.