RunFest Success

Local residents of the Mt. Lookout community as well as parish and school families of Our Lord Christ the King Church/Cardinal Pacelli School gathered on May 30, 2015 to support a new 5k run/walk in their neighborhood.

“This race was planned to start a tradition with families – to run together or walk together. We encouraged people to participate in this first annual 5K event, even if it was their first race ever – and many did!” (Rebecca Ronnow, race coordinator)

RunFest was scheduled the week before JuneFest, the Christ the King Parish Festival that many in Mt. Lookout have considered to be the official start to summer for the last 40 years. RunFest was to be the kick off event for this well loved festival with the hopes to have 250 participants in its inaugural debut. “With this being our first-ever race, we didn’t set our expectations too high when it came to the number of participants. Never could we have imagined our first race would have close to 400 participants and that community would show such wonderful support!” (Tara Veith race volunteer)

Fleet Feet Sports was the official running store partner, and Move Your Hyde (Leslie Jane) offered an after race yoga session. Many JuneFest sponsors and additional donors made this event possible. Donors included Nugo Nutrition, Q102, Whole Foods Market, Hoist Drinks, and Dunkin Donuts.

The Grefer family is among many that are planning to return. Katie Grefer, Pacelli parent and race participant, said it was an “amazing family fun event, and was great for all ages. We look forward to coming back next year!” Her son, Ben, placed in the 6 and under division. “Winning a prize was SO awesome! Next year I’m going to run faster and win first place!” (Ben Grefer)

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Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award – Fr. Ed Smith

Each year the Athenaeum of Ohio Alumni Association nominates and selects an honoree to receive the highest honor for an alumni, the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Father Ed Smith, Pastor of Our Lord Christ the King Church, received this award on May 8, 2015. This award is presented to an individual who exemplifies through their life of service to the Church and the community, the spirit and virtues of the Athenaeum: faith, wisdom, and grace. The award was presented to Fr. Smith by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York at the Bishop Fenwick Society annual dinner.

Fr. Ed was recognized because of his compassion, kindness, and charity to all, as well as, his outstanding witness to priestly life and to the seminarians during his years as Rector. He also has an impressive history of serving our Catholic Church in many ways. After being raised in a devout Catholic family in Milford, Ohio, he studied for the priesthood at St. Gregory Seminary and the North American College in Rome. He was ordained in 1982. Along with teaching at his alma mater, Archbishop McNicholas High School, and the North American College in Rome, he was Director of Formation at the Athenaeum and Mt. St. Mary Seminary before becoming the 34th President and Rector there. He was appointed Pastor at Our Lord Christ the King Church in 2011.

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RunFest Success

Local residents of the Mt. Lookout community as well as parish and school families of Our Lord Christ the King Church/Cardinal Pacelli School gathered on May 30, 2015 to support a new 5k run/walk in their neighborhood.

“This race was planned to start a tradition with families – to run together or walk together. We encouraged people to participate in this first annual 5K event, even if it was their first race ever – and many did!” (Rebecca Ronnow, race coordinator)

RunFest was scheduled the week before JuneFest, the Christ the King Parish Festival that many in Mt. Lookout have considered to be the official start to summer for the last 40 years. RunFest was to be the kick off event for this well loved festival with the hopes to have 250 participants in its inaugural debut. “With this being our first-ever race, we didn’t set our expectations too high when it came to the number of participants. Never could we have imagined our first race would have close to 400 participants and that community would show such wonderful support!” (Tara Veith race volunteer)

Fleet Feet Sports was the official running store partner, and Move Your Hyde (Leslie Jane) offered an after race yoga session. Many JuneFest sponsors and additional donors made this event possible. Donors included Nugo Nutrition, Q102, Whole Foods Market, Hoist Drinks, and Dunkin Donuts.

The Grefer family is among many that are planning to return. Katie Grefer, Pacelli parent and race participant, said it was an “amazing family fun event, and was great for all ages. We look forward to coming back next year!” Her son, Ben, placed in the 6 and under division. “Winning a prize was SO awesome! Next year I’m going to run faster and win first place!” (Ben Grefer)

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