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15,000 CELEBRATE FOOTBALL, FITNESS AT OHIO STADIUM

Buckeyes-Themed Ohio State Four-Miler Allows Runners, Walkers to Finish on Ohio Stadium's 50-Yard Line.

Ohio State Four-Miler

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A record field of 15,000 runners and walkers “finished on the 50-yard line” of Ohio Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 25 as part of the largest four-mile running and walking event in the country.

The third-annual Ohio State Four-Miler, a running and walking event that debuted in 2013 with a sold-out field of 10,000 participants, drew a record field to Ohio Stadium as thousands gathered to Celebrate Football and Fitness.

The Ohio State Four-Miler started outside of Ohio Stadium and took participants on a four-mile tour of the Ohio State campus before finishing on the 50-yard line of Ohio Stadium. The Ohio State Four-Miler Post-Race Tailgate Party featuring SWAGG was held outside Ohio Stadium before and after the race.

Buckeye Greats such as Scoonie Penn, Raymont Harris, Bobby Carpenter, Anthony Schlegel, Terrence Dials, Ryan Miller, Matt Finkes, Craig Krenzel, Tom Couisneau, William White, Justin Zwick, J.J. Sullinger and Dimitrious Stanley; Brutus Buckeye; Ohio State cheerleaders and others were on hand to serve as celebrity starters and celebrate the 15,000 runners and walkers who participated. Carpenter and Schlegel “high fived” the participants as they finished inside of Ohio Stadium.

The 15,000 runners and walkers registered for the 2015 Ohio State Four-Miler was a record for the three-year-old event. The 2014 Ohio State Four-Miler featured a sold-out field of 12,000 runners and walkers, while the inaugural event in 2013 sold out at 10,000 participants.

Kroger, 10TV and Chobani were Presenting Sponsors of the Ohio State Four-Miler.

A portion of the proceeds of the Ohio State Four-Miler benefit the Urban and 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.

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

Runners and walkers received Ohio State-themed technical race shirts and a must-have Brutus Buckeye-themed Official Finisher's Medal. The 2013 medal featured an iconic image of Ohio Stadium and the 2014 medal featured the iconic Ohio State football helmet.

For more information, visit www.ohiostatefourmiler.com. Registration for the 2016 Ohio State Four-Miler will open in Spring 2016.

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 Ohio State University's Comprehensive Cancer Center — James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. The 2015 Buckeye Cruise for Cancer raised nearly $2 million and has brought the total funds raised to more than $8 million. Lisa Cisco founded The Buckeye Cruise for Cancer was founded in 2007 with the motto: “Together we can make a difference.” The 2016 Buckeye Cruise for Cancer will sail February 20-25, 2016. 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 OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon, OhioHealth Emerald City Half and Quarter Marathon, Flying Feather Four-Miler, Arizona Distance Classic Half Marathon 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 31,000 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.