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OHIO STATE FOUR-MILER SELLS OUT AT 10,000

Celebration of Football and Fitness on November 10 is Largest Inaugural Run / Walk Event Ever in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State Four-Miler, a Buckeye-themed run / walk that will finish on the 50-yard line of Ohio Stadium on Sunday, November 10, is sold out with 10,000 participants, race organizers announced today.

The inaugural celebration of Ohio State football and fitness — which will start outside of Ohio Stadium and follow a four-mile course through campus before finishing inside Ohio Stadium — is believed to be the largest debut running event in the history of the state of Ohio.

The event will also be the first major running event to finish on the 50-yard line of Ohio Stadium, a unique experience that spurred many of the 10,000 runners and walkers to enter the event.

“The overwhelming response to the first-ever running of the Ohio State Four-Mile is a true testament to the love of both Ohio State sports and health and fitness throughout the State of Ohio,” said Ray DeWeese, General Manager of IMG Sports Marketing. “We look forward to showcasing the Ohio State campus and Ohio Stadium on November 10, and then making this event an annual tradition in Columbus.”

Kroger, Diamond Cellar and 10TV are the Presenting Sponsors of the Ohio State Four-Miler. Their collective support allowed the event to grow from an originally announced field of 5,000 to 10,000 runners and walkers.

The Ohio State Four-Miler will celebrate football and fitness on Sunday, November 10. The run / walk will begin at 10am. Former Ohio State football and basketball players, Brutus Buckeye and Ohio State cheerleaders will participate.

Participants will receive a long-sleeved Ohio State-themed technical race shirt and a must-have “Official Ohio Stadium Finisher's Medal.”

Buckeye Greats scheduled to participate include: Craig Krenzel, Scoonie Penn, Bobby Carpenter, Dimitrious Stanley, Matt Finkes, William White, Justin Zwick, Ryan and Lauren (Shenk) Miller, and JJ Sullinger. Ohio State assistant coach Anthony Schlegel will lead Quick Cals before the race. (Buckeye Greats scheduled to appear are subject to change.)

“We are honored to co-produce the inaugural Ohio State Four-Miler and we look forward to celebrating football and fitness with 10,000 runners on walkers on November 10,” Race Director David Babner said. “This will be the largest inaugural running event in the history of the state of Ohio and finishing the on the 50-yard line of Ohio State will be a memorable experience for the runners and walkers in the sold-out field.”

Among the incentives to enter the race were drawing for four tickets four (4) tickets to the Ohio State-Iowa football game on Oct. 19, along with four (4) Sideline Passes, four (4) VIP tickets to Skull Session, Hospitality and Parking.

A second drawing will award two (2) 2014 Ohio State Football Season Tickets to a lucky participant, while a third drawing will award a trip for two to the official Ohio State Football bowl game, courtesy of the Diamond Cellar.

The Ohio State Four-Miler is produced by the Ohio State University Department of Athletics, The Buckeye Cruise for Cancer, M3S Sports and IMG College, the University's multimedia rights partner.

A portion of the proceeds of the Ohio State Four-Miler will benefit the Urban & Shelley Fund For Cancer Research, a general cancer research support fund dedicated to advancing cancer research at Ohio State's Comprehensive Cancer Center — Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.

“I hope you join us and become a part of a winning team in the fight against cancer,” said Lisa Cisco, founder of The Buckeye Cruise For Cancer. “It is a powerful feeling of hope when the Buckeye Nation unites for a common cause … together we can make a difference!”

A Post-Race Tailgate Party will feature a magician, a balloon twister, an autograph session, music, food and fun. It will follow the Ohio State Four-Miler. Among the highlights will be the Buckeye Cruise For Cancer Duck Pond. For a $20 donation you can win a cabin for two on the “Sold-Out” Buckeye Cruise for Cancer, February 20-24, 2014 or a gift with a value from $20-$2500 including autographed memorabilia! Buckeye Cruise for Cancer will also be giving away a big-screen TV to a lucky participant for our Ohio State Four-Miler “TV Time-Out”!

Registration for the Ohio State Four-Miler is now closed. For more information, visit www.ohiostatefourmiler.com.

About Buckeye Cruise for Cancer

The Buckeye Cruise for Cancer unites Buckeye fans together in the tradition of team spirit to raise funds and awareness for cancer research. Funds raised onboard The Buckeye Cruise for Cancer benefit the Urban and Shelley Meyer Fund for Cancer Research at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center — The James Cancer Hospital and the Solove Research Institute. The 2013 Buckeye Cruise for Cancer raised more than $1 million and has brought the total funds raised to more than $3 million. The Buckeye Cruise for Cancer was founded in 2007 by Lisa Cisco with the motto: “Together we can make a difference.” The 2014 Buckeye Cruise for Cancer will sail February 20-24, 2014. Visit www.buckeyecruise.com for more information.

About M3S Sports

M3S Sports is a sports marketing firm based in Columbus, Ohio dedicated to celebrating a healthy active lifestyle. M3S Sports produces the Capital City Half Marathon, Emerald City Half and Quarter Marathon, Arizona Distance Classic, 10TV Commit To Be Fit Multisport Festival and a variety of other running and walking events in Central Ohio. Visit www.m3ssports.com for more information.

About IMG College

IMG College is the nation's leading collegiate multimedia, marketing and licensing/brand management company, representing more than 200 of the nation's top collegiate properties, including the NCAA and its 89 championships, NCAA Football, leading conferences and many of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country. Headquartered in Winston Salem, N.C., IMG College connects brands with the largest and most demographically attractive fan base in sports through partnership opportunities in multimedia rights, sponsorship sales, licensing, marketing, ticketing, seating, fundraising, premium events and hospitality, stadium and arena development, and consulting. IMG College produces nearly 35,000 hours of radio programming on the largest sports network in the country, manages nearly 5,000 hours of local television programming, is the leading publisher of college sports publications and is the largest manager of university athletic websites. IMG College is a division of IMG Worldwide, a global sports, fashion and media business. For more information, please visit www.imgcollege.com.