Alan Zink, front, leads a group of runners, including Charlies Kozlesky, right, during the first laps of the 40th edition of Kozlesky’s Children’s Hospital Charity Run Saturday, Oct. 7 in Woodsfield.Eighty-year-old Mitch Toto, center right, leads a group during the first few laps of Charlie’s Run Saturday, Oct. 7 in Woodsfield. Close behind Toto is his daughter, Chris Nicholes, middle left.Eleven-year-old Mason White, right, of Barbersville, West Virginia, participates in his first ultra run Saturday, Oct. 7 with his father, Chris White, during the 40th Children’s Hospital Charity Run in Woodsfield.Charlie Kozlesky, the founder of the Children’s Hospital Charity Run, paces his self through the course Saturday, Oct. 7 during the 40th year of the event.

Running for the challenge, returning for the cause

Charlie’s Run celebrates 40th year

At 8 a.m. on a cool autumn morning, Saturday, Oct. 7, 19 runners took to the starting line near Woodsfield Village Hall.

The runners hailed from many different locations. Some, of course, were from right here in Woodsfield. Others were from as far away as South Carolina and North Carolina.

Ages varied as well, with the youngest runner, Mason White, of Barbersville, West Virginia, being only 11 years old, and the oldest, Mitch Toto, of Bethesda, being 80.

So what would bring together such a vast array of runners from all over the country?

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