2019 5k Obstacle Run & Walk

Fifth Year Anniversary

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An event you don't want to miss.

Our 5k event course is designed to be mentally and physically challenging – similar to experiencing the “unknowns” associated with PTSD. The location of all obstacles are shared with you; however, the TYPE of obstacle that you will encounter is “unknown.” Don’t worry though, our obstacles aren’t as physically taxing compared to other races and you are provided with the option to skip an obstacle if necessary.

Statistical boards with information about veteran-related mental health complications are strategically placed throughout the course. We highly recommend that you read and remember this information because you will be quizzed on the information at one of our Mental Checkpoints. The location of these checkpoints are undisclosed purposely to provide additional experiences of the “unknown.”

The goal of this event is to raise awareness about PTSD, suicide prevention, and mitigating the stigma associated with these issues within our military community. We aim to provide you with a physically, mentally, and an emotionally difficult course with your safety in mind. Experiencing PTSD and the “unknowns” associated with it, creates frustration and discourse in the lives of those who suffer from it. Coming together to provide the proper resources and support elements is crucial to this healing process and we need you now, more than ever!

We look forward to seeing you at our FIFTH annual event!

FAQs

Most frequent questions and answers

The goal of the Run Down the Demons 5K Obstacle Run & 1 Mile Walk is to raise awareness about PTSD, suicide prevention, and mitigating the stigma associated with these issues within our military community.

There is ample parking at the Columbus Zoo.

100% of participant registration funds will go to the Wilds’ Cabins at Straker Lake.  The funds will be used to enhance services being provided to veterans. More information can be found in the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Press Release

Yes. Race packets may be picked up early at Columbus Running Company’s Dublin location (6465 Perimeter Drive) on:

  • Thursday, August 15 (10AM-8PM) and;
  • Friday, August 16 (10AM-8PM). You may also pick up your packets at the race beginning at 5:00AM on Saturday, August 17.

Each participant will receive a registration for the Run Down the Demons 5K Run or Walk, a race t-shirt, and free parking and admission for the day to the Columbus Zoo.

5:00 am: Race day registration begins

7:00 am: Run Down the Demons 5K Run / Walk Event Starts

  • The walk route will be 1-mile throughout the zoo.
  • The run route may be a little over a typical 5k but an exact distance is not announced as we aim to provide the experiences of the “unknown”.