Quick facts

  • Date: Saturday, September 17, 2011
  • Location: Homestead Park, 4675 Cosgray Road, Hilliard, OH 43026
  • Start time: 9:00am
  • Registration begins: 8:00am

Confirm your registration HERE.


About Directions for Youth & Families Taking Strides For Kids 5K

Thank you for participating in the Inaugural Taking Strides for Kids 5k Run/Walk. Funds raised at the event help provide after-school and summer programs at Directions for Youth & Families two youth centers. Kids truly benefit from leadership development, fitness and nutrition, creative and performing arts, and the computer labs at the centers. Providing a safe, positive environment where kids can be successful is vital for their growth and futures.

Due to our terrific first year attendance, additional race shirts are being ordered for those of you that registered on race day and did not yet receive a race shirt. Race day registrants will receive an e-mail in the upcoming weeks to notify you once shirts arrive and are available for pick up. The note will include location and other details.

Thank you again for your participation at the 5k run/walk and for your support of kids in our community.

Join us for the Taking Strides for Kids 5k Run/Walk in Hilliard's Homestead Park and along the beautiful Heritage Rail Trail and make a difference in the lives of children in your community! Through your participation, you’ll be supporting programs that help less privileged youth achieve success.

Your support will provide after-school activities at the Short Stop and Ohio Avenue Youth Centers. Kids who have few opportunities elsewhere benefit from homework help, computer lab, creative and performing arts, and fitness and nutrition programs. After-school and summer programs reinforce staying in school, help with academics, promote leadership development and discipline, and provide time for creative and healthful activities.

In addition to Prevention programs at the youth centers and in schools, counseling programs provided in clients’ homes address substance abuse, family violence, aggression, teen pregnancy, delinquency, parenting, and life skills. Over 6,200 youth and their families are served annually. Most are at risk and low income.

Funding is from charitable contributions, governmental sources, United Way, corporations, foundations, and individual contributions. 92% of all funding goes to program costs.

For more information: www.dfyf.org

Where & When & How

  • Date: Saturday, September 17, 2011
  • Location: Homestead Park, 4675 Cosgray Road, Hilliard, OH 43026
  • Directions: CLICK HERE
  • Parking:There are multiple parking lots inside Homestead park. There will be parking attendants at the race.
  • Time: 9:00am start time; registration begins at 8:00am
  • Entry Fee:
    • $30 5K Run/Walk Registration Fee (pricing valid through race day) - includes a timing chip
    • $25 5K Run/Walk Registration Fee (pricing valid through race day) - Participants under the age of 14 - untimed, participants under the age of 14 who want to be timed should register for the $30 option
    • Corporate Challenge Team Member: $30 (pricing valid through race day), includes a timing chip, more information below
  • Corporate Challenge:
    The Directions for Youth & Families corporate / team challenge option allows participants to compete as a team with a combined group score. Corporate challenge teams can be as large as they want; however, for team scoring and award purposes, the team will be separated in groups of four (4) when registering online. If this option interests you, please register as part of the team you wish to participate with, and good luck! Corporate challenge groups may be eligible for additional fundraising recognition at the award ceremony!
    • To enter the Corporate Challenge you will select the Corporate Challenge Team Member registration option.
    • All team members must register separately, but all members must enter their correct team name or they will not be associated with their team.
  • Awards & Recognition:
    Awards will be given to the top overall male and female finisher, as well as the top three male and female participants in the following groups: 9 & Under, 10 – 14, 15 – 19, 20 – 29, 30 – 39, 40 – 49, 50 –59, and 60 & over.

Awards will also be given to the top all male and all female corporate challenge as well as the top co-ed corporate challenge team. In addition, the corporate challenge team able to go above and beyond by raising the most additional funds for the Directions of Youth & Families, will be recognized during the awards ceremony.

The awards will be unique, hand crafted Soul Bowls created by youth artists in after-school and summer programs at the Directions for Youth & Families Short Stop Youth Center.

  • Course : The course offers a quiet, country atmosphere, a train station replica, caboose, and two barns. You will also run along the beautiful Heritage Rail Trail. CLICK HERE TO SEE A COURSE MAP
  • How to Register
    • Online
    • Race Day starting at 8:00am

  • Race Packets
    • Technical T-shirts guaranteed for participants registered before September 2, 2011
    • Post race refreshments to all participants.
  • Pre-Race Packet Up
    • Packet will be available for early pick up at:
    • Columbus Running Co., 6465 Perimeter Dr., Dublin
    • From Thursday, 9/15 10am - 8pm and Friday, 9/16
      10am - 8pm.


If you'd like to sponsor this event please send an e-mail to Sue Phillips at development@dfyf.org.

American Electric Power

Messer Construction

Urban Active Fitness



Columbus Running Co.
Homestead Park/Washington TWP.
Muscle Milk
Premier Sports
Next Day Signs
Saks Fith Avenue
Jett's Pizza
Tim Horton's Hilliard
Dairy Queen Hilliard

Have Questions?

Please send an email to Sue Phillips at development@dfyf.org or call (614)294-2661 with any questions.