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Shelley Meyer Named Honorary Race Director of 4th Annual Ohio State 4 Miler


Urban and Shelley Meyer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (October 12, 2016) — Shelley Meyer, a fitness enthusiast and the First Lady of Ohio State Football, has been named Honorary Race Director of the 2016 Ohio State 4 Miler.

The Ohio State 4 Miler, a running and walking event that debuted in 2013, will featured a sold-out field of 15,000 runners and walkers who will finish on the 50-yard line of Ohio Stadium on Oct. 23, 2016.

A portion of the proceeds of the Ohio State 4 Miler benefit the Urban and Shelley Meyer 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 Meyers established the fund in 2013 to help recruit faculty to the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Center.

“The Ohio State 4 Miler is a wonderful opportunity for Buckeye Nation to celebrate football and fitness and support the fight against cancer,” Shelley Meyer said. “I look forward to seeing everyone at the event and watching 15,000 athletes ‘Finish on the 50’ of Ohio Stadium.”

Urban and Shelley Meyer are annually present the Buckeye Cruise For Cancer, which benefits the Urban and Shelley Meyer Fund For Cancer Research.

The Ohio State 4 Miler will start outside of Ohio Stadium and take participants on a four-mile tour of the Ohio State campus before finishing on Ohio Stadium’s 50-yard line. The Ohio State 4 Miler Race Day Tailgate Party will be held outside the stadium before and after the race.

The Ohio State 4 Miler sold out at 15,000 participants for the second straight year. The event had sold-out fields of 10,000 in 2013, 12,000 in 2014 and 15,000 in 2015.

“The overwhelming response and success of the Ohio State 4 Miler has been a direct reflection for the love of Ohio State sports and the desire to celebrate football and fitness,” said Ray DeWeese, General Manager of IMG Sports Marketing. “We look forward to celebrating with Buckeye Nation again on Oct. 23.”

Kroger, 10TV and the Ohio Beef Council are Presenting Sponsors of the Ohio State 4 Miler.

The 2016 Ohio State 4 Miler will begin at 10am. Buckeye Greats including Brutus Buckeye, Jake Ballard, Zach Boren, Bobby Carpenter, Terrence Dials, Craig Krenzel, Ryan Miller, Lauren Shenk Miller, Scoonie Penn, Anthony Schlegel, JJ Sullinger, William White and Justin Zwick will participate.

“We look forward to being a part of the winning team in the fight against cancer again in 2016,” 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!”

Runners and walkers will receive an Ohio State-themed technical race shirt and a must-have Official Finisher’s Medal featuring Ohio Stadium. The 2013 medal featured an iconic image of Ohio Stadium; the 2014 medal featured the Ohio State football helmet; and last year’s medal featured Brutus Buckeye.

“We are again honored 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 honored to have Shelley Meyer join us at the Start and Finish Lines to congratulate the 15,000 runners and walkers and celebrate the tremendous success of the Urban and Shelley Meyer Fund For Cancer Research.”