Children’s Hospital Charity Run set for Saturday
The beautiful summer weather in Monroe County will probably change as Charlie Kozlesky and the Woodsfield Run for Kids Charity Run starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.
This Charity Run has seen all types of weather including 90 degree temperatures, heavy rain, snow, wind and last year the run was stopped for about 45 minutes due to lightning. Hopefully this year the runners will have normal October temperatures in the mid 60s and cloud cover.
This run will start at the Woodsfield City Building at 8 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.
This run has changed over the years from a point-to-point run from Woodsfield to Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh to Columbus. The fourth year of the run was a 24-hour run at the Monroe County Airport and transitioned to a 24-hour run in Woods-field until Year 30. At that time the run changed to 12 hours while this year is the first 8-hour run.
Charlie is very grateful for the Village of Woods-field, local businesses, local service agencies and volunteers that provide meals and support for the runners. Charlie is also thankful to have Pandora Neuhart handling the local logistics of the run. All the runners and families continually state that the Woodsfield Run for Kids is the best-kept Charity Run secret in the country. Everyone is treated like family.
Over the past 41 years this run has raised just over $900,000 for the free and reduced care fund provided by numerous Children’s Hospitals. Charlie has stated that donations are coming in every day and he hopes that all local businesses and residents continue to support this event.
Several long time competitors from the 1970s and 1980s will be joining Charlie Kozlesky for this run. Mitch Toto, from Adena, participated in the initial runs in the late 1970s and will be joined by Dick Sanders from Buffalo, New York, who joined the fun in very early 1980s. Also included in this list will be Jerry Bartram and Ruth Brewer from Springfield, along with Ruta Mazelis, from Carrollton. A few years later, local runner Lori Michener joined the run and has won the race multiple times.
The following runners have been in Woodsfield for many years: Mark Pack, from South Carolina, John Zerger, from North Carolina, Bill Potts, from Carrollton, and Sherry Wilson, from Woods-field.
Charlie Kozlesky also welcomes back Chris Benedict from the Woods-field area and new participants Chris Hill, from Chesterfield, along with Kreg Robinson, from Clarington.
Please remember to come out and cheer on the participants Saturday, Oct.
Please show your support for the runners and the children they represent by dropping off your donation at the run or send your donation to: Charlie Kozlesky, 254 Brownstone Court, Westerville, OH 43081.
Help the run reach the goal of $1 million for the Children’s Hospital free and reduced care fund that has benefited about 20 local families this past year and many more local families since this run began