Orthopedic ONE's 5th Annual Spirit Sprint 5k Raises Nearly $15,000 for Nine Local School Athletic Programs

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The Reynoldsburg Raiders take home the trophy and $6,000, and runner-up Gahanna Jefferson earns $3,200. All participating schools win proceeds for athletic programs.

Reynoldsburg Raiders take home the Orthopedic ONE Spirit Sprint 5k Trophy - and $6,000!

"It was a great day to be a Reynoldsburg Raider," said Jacob Perkins, Reynoldsburg Assistant Athletics Coordinator.

On Sunday, May 4, Orthopedic ONE partnered with nine school districts surrounding its Gahanna/Reynoldsburg office to host the 5th annual Spirit Sprint 5k Run/Walk event to benefit each districts’ athletic program. In its fifth year, the Sprint drew 530 participants – and raised nearly $15,000.

Like previous years, each school was charged with registering as many walkers and runners as possible. This year, Reynoldsburg earned first place and more than $6,000. Gahanna Jefferson was awarded second place and $3,265; and third-place finisher Groveport Madison walked away with roughly $1,600.

In total, this year’s event raised $14,895 for nine participating school districts – Amanda Clearcreek, Canal Winchester, Columbus School for Girls, Gahanna-Jefferson, Groveport Madison, Independence High School, Licking Heights, New Albany and Reynoldsburg.

“We’ve really enjoyed watching this event grow and expand year over year,” says Joel Politi, M.D., Orthopedic ONE physician and Spirit Sprint founder. “As much as we love hosting, this event really belongs to the participating schools.”

In the five years since its inception, the Spirit Sprint 5k has raised more than $56,000 for area school athletic programs. Many of the schools use these funds to offset participation fees for student athletes or replace aging equipment or uniforms.

The day also featured a free kids fun run; food; bounce houses; and participation from school mascots, bands and cheerleaders.

Sponsors included:
Columbus OB/GYN (PRESENTING), Suburban Steel Supply, Consultant Anesthesiologists, Raising Cane's, Mount Carmel Health System, Hanger Clinic, Footmaxx, DePuy, Tuscany Pointe/McNaughten Nursing, Telhio Credit Untion, Byers Volvo, Willis Group, Friends Business Source, Telhio Credit Union, Panera Bread, Abbott Nutrition, COSI (Science on the Spot Kiosks), Bizzie Bounce, Chik-fil-a, Raising Cane's, Roosters, Kona Ice and ApplianceSmart

Find event photos on Orthopedic ONE's Facebook page.

Orthopedic ONE is the largest private orthopedic surgery practice in the state of Ohio, and is the result of a recent merger between The Cardinal Orthopaedic Institute and Ohio Orthopedic Center of Excellence. We represent a group of more than 50 of the region’s top orthopedic experts with one mission: To make each and every patient our number ONE priority.

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