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12,000 Runners, Walkers To #Finishon50 At Second-Annual Ohio State 4 Miler

Unique Finisher's Medal To Feature Iconic Buckeye Football Helmet; Rising Country Star Zach Paxson To Headline Post-Race Concert

The second-annual Ohio State 4 Miler will feature a sold-out field of 12,000 participants who will “finish on the 50” of Ohio Stadium when Buckeye-themed running and walking event will be held on The Ohio State University campus on Sept. 21, 2014.

The Ohio State 4 Miler takes runners and walkers on a four-mile tour of the Ohio State campus before finishing on the 50-yard line of Ohio Stadium. Family and friend and watch participants finish from the South Stands. Runners and walkers receive an Ohio State-themed technical race shirt and a must-have Official Finisher's Medal that features an Ohio State football helmet.

The 2013 Finisher's Medal, the first in the Ohio State 4 Miler Collector's Series, featured Ohio Stadium. The inaugural race sold out at 10,000 runners and walkers.

“The overwhelming success of the inaugural Ohio State 4 Miler was a direct reflection for the love of Ohio State sports and the desire to celebrate fitness,” said Ray DeWeese, General Manager of IMG Sports Marketing. “We look forward to an even bigger and better event this year by celebrating 12,000 fitness and football fans as they enjoy the unique experience of running across Ohio Stadium's 50-yard line.”

The 2014 Ohio State 4 Miler will begin at 10am on the Southwest Side of Ohio Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 21. Former Buckeye Greats Scoonie Penn, Raymont Harris, Craig Kreznel, Bobby Carpenter, Anthony Schlegel, William White, Justin Zwick, Ryan Miller, Matt Finkes, JJ Sullinger and Dimitrious Stanley will take part in the event and appear at the Race Day Tailgate Party. (Appearances Subject To Change). Brutus Buckeye and OSU Cheerleaders will also appear.

The Ohio State 4 Miler Race Day Tailgate Party is held after the race and will include the SuperGames 4Miler Fun Zone. Ohio native and rising country music star Zach Paxson will headline the Post-Race Concert.

Kroger, 10TV and Roosters are Presenting Sponsors of the Ohio State 4 Miler. A portion of the event's proceeds will 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.

“We look forward to celebrating the Buckeyes and continuing the fight against cancer at this year's Ohio State 4 Miler,” said Lisa Cisco, founder of the Buckeye Cruise For Cancer. “It is a powerful feeling of hope when Buckeye Nation unites for a common cause… together we can make a difference!”

The Ohio State 4 Miler will be produced by the Ohio State Department of Athletics; IMG College, the university's multimedia rights partner; the Buckeye Cruise For Cancer; and M3S Sports.

“We are honored again to partner with Ohio State, IMG and the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer to produce a four-mile event that celebrates the healthy and active lifestyle,” said David Babner, race director for M3S Sports. “We are proud to have grown this event from 10,000 participants in the first year to 12,000 this year and we look forward this event becoming a traditional fall celebration of fitness and football in Columbus.”

Zach Paxson, a native of Lisbon, Ohio who is best known for the songs OHIO and Simple Life, will headline the Post-Race Tailgate Concert to be held from 10:30am to 1:00pm in the parking lot adjacent to Cannon Drive on the Southwest Side of Ohio Stadium. Paxson will take the stage at Noon. The OHIO is to be the state's “Official Country Song.”

The Race Day Tailgate Party will also feature food trucks, inflatables and the Buckeye Cruise For Cancer's popular Duck Pond. Prizes include a cruise for two on the Buckeye Cruise For Cancer, Ohio State football tickets, a big-screen TV, Buckeyes signed memorabilia and much more. Duck Pond tickets are $20 each, all prizes are worth at least $20 and every ticket is a winner. The Race Day Tailgate Party is open to the public and admission is free.