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MAKE SURE TO SAVE THE DATE FOR NEXT YEAR – 1.1.18

IT WAS A GREAT START TO 2017!

2ND ANNUAL CHILLY 5K – JANUARY 1, 2017

HERE IS THE  LINK TO THE RACE RESULTS

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It may not be the chilliest New Year’s Day that Ottawa has ever experienced, but that took none of the enthusiasm away from the 72 participants at the Chilly 5K, a race held Sunday morning at the Putnam County YMCA. Now in its second year, the 5K offered decidedly more pleasant running conditions than last year’s iteration, with sunny skies and temperatures hovering above freezing greeting the runners. “Last year, we had cold, overcast skies and wind,” YMCA Acting CEO Brian Barhorst said. “It was bad news.””For being a New Year’s Day event on a Sunday, that’s pretty fantastic,” he said.

The idea of the Chilly 5K was to bring a new event to Putnam County for New Year’s Day, helping people get a jump start on health and fitness resolutions.“It’s a great way to start the year,” Barhorst said. “Nobody really does anything like this (on New Year’s Day), and now we’re doing it. Every year, we’re improving.”One of the first-time participants was Brad Ruppert, 51, of Wapakoneta, a member of the Wapak Athletic Club. This was his first 5K ever, and after getting more fit in 2016, he wanted to put his best foot forward in the new year.

“I just finished a weight loss challenge,” he said. “I recently lost 52 pounds, and I’ve been wanting to run a 5K for a long time. So I woke up feeling pretty good this morning, and I thought I’d come out here and try it.”

The event saw enthusiastic participation from the Ottawa-Glandorf Running Club, as well as area businesses. Barhorst also emphasized the work of volunteers putting the event together, without whom it would not be possible.
“I coach the high school tennis team, and about six of the girls came out,” he said. “We have a lot of Key Club members out here. They are super important.

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ohio  MY Y IS NOW EVERY Y IN OHIO

The Y movement is for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We want to encourage members to utilize the Y as often as they can. Sometimes, it’s more convenient for members to utilize a Y in a different location when traveling, near a workplace or in another region. Now, full facility/full privilege YMCA members have the flexibility to use other Y facilities throughout Ohio at no extra charge.

 

HOW IT WORKS

Simply present your active YMCA membership card at any participating Ohio YMCA and enjoy free access.

So get out, explore Ohio and stay connected to the Y!

PROGRAM DETAILS

  • The Reciprocal Membership Program is valid for YMCA full facility/full privilege members only.

  • Program-only participants may upgrade to a full membership at any time to qualify.

  • Silver Sneakers members may use other Silver Sneakers locations at any time.

  • Visitors to other Ys must present a valid YMCA membership card and photo ID upon the first visit and complete a visiting member waiver or standard membership application form with liability waiver.

  • YMCA full facility/full privilege members must use their home branch at least 50% of the time.

  • Program discounts do not apply.

  • Participating YMCAs reserve the right to restrict facility or program access.

  • Other restrictions may apply.