Central Ohio Organization Announces Second Annual Pump and Run to Benefit Local Children’s Charities

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The 2011 combination 5K race/bench press contest to benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation® and Chapel Hill House

Registration is now open for the Lifting Hopes 2011 pump and run. The event will be held on October 2, 2011 in New Albany. Net proceeds from this unique event will benefit Chapel Hill House, a Central Ohio retreat for children battling childhood cancer, and the Make-a-Wish Foundation® of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, Central Ohio Region.

“Our first event was wonderful,” said Michael Morgan, Director of Lifting Hopes. “We had a dedicated group of volunteers, generous sponsors and excited participants that helped raise money for a great cause.”

The plans are to make the 2011 Lifting Hopes Pump and Run even better. “Overwhelmingly, we received positive feedback about the event, and many of our participants and sponsors are coming back to support the second annual event” Morgan added. The only other pump and run in Columbus is held as part of the Arnold Classic, which sold out all 800 participant spots in less than 24 hours this year.

A pump and run is a unique alternative to a traditional 5K race. The event starts with a weight lifting component where participants bench press a percentage of their body weight based on their age. After
the weight lifting portion, a 5K race will be run through the Village of New Albany. For each successful lift up to a maximum of 30 repetitions, 30 seconds is deducted from a participant’s 5K time to calculate a net time. Prizes will be awarded for the top finishers in multiple categories.

Registration for the Lifting Hopes and Running for Wishes Pump and Run competition starts today. To learn more and to register, visit http://www.liftinghopes.com. The registration fee is $50 in advance and $60 the
day of the event.

The weight lifting portion of the event is sponsored by Soar Fitness Systems (http://www.soarofcolumbus.com). Soar’s certified trainers will be staffing and judging the bench press portion of the event.

“The Make-a-Wish Foundation provides children ages 2.5 up to 18-years-old that have life threatening-illnesses an opportunity to have their wish granted,” said Tim McCarthy, executive director of the Make-A-Wish Foundation®, Central Ohio Region. “We are very excited about this event and the opportunity to use the proceeds to help grant the wishes of children in central Ohio.”

"The mission of Chapel Hill House is to provide respite to children with cancer and to let them have a weekend with their families in the serenity and seclusion of a quaint log cabin nestled within 72 acres of woods and tall grasses,” said Jason Joseph, Chairman of the Chapel Hill House Board of Directors. “We are honored to be a part of this year's event and can’t think of any better organizations to be partnered with than the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Lifting Hopes."

About Lifting Hopes
Lifting Hopes is a group of volunteers that have come together to conduct athletics events to benefit central Ohio children’s charities. For more information, visit http://www.liftinghopes.com.

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation
The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Founded in 1983, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana chapter is the largest of the 64 Make-A-Wish® chapters in the country in both territory and wishes granted. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, Central Ohio Region has fulfilled the individual wishes of 1,447 local children since it was founded in 1997. Currently, we have more than 179 pending wishes. You can help share the power of a wish® by contributing financially, donating frequent flyer miles, adopting a wish or remembering the Make-A-Wish Foundation in your planned giving by calling (877) 206-9474. For more information, visit our website at http://www.makeawishohio.org.

About Chapel Hill House
Chapel Hill House is a retreat where families battling childhood cancer can rest in the seclusion and privacy of a log cabin sitting on 72 beautiful acres in Marion County. The cabin, originally built in 1835 and rebuilt by Larry Joseph in 2001 following his own cancer diagnosis, combines modern amenities with the peace and tranquility of a country retreat. Since 2003 more than 200 families have enjoyed Chapel Hill House as a place to dream, giggle and believe. There is no charge for families to stay at Chapel Hill House. Individuals and organizations interested contributing to Chapel Hill House can visit http://www.chapelhillhouse.org/.

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