Prevent, Promote, and Protect your Health with the Lake County General Health District
(440) 350-2543
5966 Heisley Rd
Mentor, Ohio 44060
March 28, 2018


March 28, 2018

NEWS RELEASE                                                                                                  CONTACT:  KATHY MILO (440) 350-2447

MARCH 28, 2018                                                                                                  LAKE COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT    


JUST RUN is an annual school-based youth running program that helps promote fitness and healthy lifestyle choices, while combating childhood obesity and its related illnesses. Throughout the course of a six to eight week program, students train to run a 5K race, which culminates in the JUST RUN Lake County 5K held on Saturday, May 26, 2018, at Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park in Fairport Harbor, Ohio. For this year’s JUST RUN event, a total of 30 public schools, four private schools, and one homeschool group are participating.

All of the JUST RUN preparation and training is completed at each participating school and these activities include the recruitment of students, scheduling and planning practices, as well as training before or after school. While most students involved in JUST RUN have never run a 5K, a number of returning participants look forward to training in the spring each year. Most schools have already started training, and others will begin after spring break.

JUST RUN started in 2010 with only 60 students, and has grown to roughly 1,000 student participants. More parents have also started running, as there is a family and friends option available on race day. The JUST RUN registration cost is $12 (t-shirt included), and registration is available at There is NO COST to the students.

As the program has grown, so have our sponsors, and this program would not be possible without them! A sincere thank you is due to all of our 2018 sponsors, which include: Lake Health, Lake MetroParks, Lake County YMCA, Greater Cleveland XC, Second Sole, CareSource, Applebee’s, Chick-Fil-A, Lake County Captains, Buckeye Health, Lakeland Foundation, Paramount Advantage, Mentor Police Athletic League, Fair Housing Resource Center, and Lake County United Way.

Last week, Chick-Fil-A in Mentor sponsored a “Spirit Night,” and $133 was raised for the JUST RUN event. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported JUST RUN!

On April 14, Applebee’s in Mentor is hosting a “Dine and Donate” event from 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Please mention JUST RUN, or show the flyer on our JUST RUN Lake County, Ohio Facebook page. Also, please “like” our Facebook page, and let us know what your family likes best about JUST RUN!


Marianne Rusnak
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