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Striding Into The Light 5K Run/Walk
Benefiting Out of Darkness - Columbus, Ohio Chapter

Join the Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Ohio Chapter on Sunday, September 17 at Gananna's Lower McCorkle Park on the Big Walnut Trail for the 2017 MPI Chairman's Challenge: Striding Into The Light 5K.

A portion of the proceeds from the 5K run and walk benefit MPI Chairman's Challenge which supports programming and local chapters globally ( and Out of Darkness - Columbus, OH Chapter ( Out of Darkness is an anti-trafficking ministry and outreach to break the cycle of sex trafficking.   

This is a family-friendly event.  All youth 5 years of age and younger can participate at no cost with a registered parent. Jogging strollers are welcomed.

Registration fees

Individual-Student Closed

Registration closed
  • 6 - 17 years old

    1. $15.00
      Jan 17 – Apr 10
    2. $20.00
      Apr 10 – Apr 15
    3. Closed
      Apr 15 – Apr 16

About Out of Darkness

Out of Darkness, Columbus is a non-profit organization, working to reach, rescue and restore all victims of commercial sexual exploitation. In addition to weekly street outreach to women who are forced into prostitution, they will be opening the first fully staffed, trauma informed safe home in Central Ohio for adult female victims of human trafficking. There are many needs when it comes to opening and operating the safe home. A portion of your money will go directly into the startup costs, which will allow the doors to open, offering a place of rest, peace and hope for a second chance. To find out more information about Out of Darkness and how you can get involved follow them on Facebook or visit their website at

The proceeds received from the 2017 MPI Ohio Chairman's Challenge Striding Into The Light 5k benefit the ministry of Out of Darkness.

About Meeting Professionals -Ohio Chapter

The Ohio Chapter of MPI (MPIOH) is an integral part of a worldwide association of more than 17,000 members belonging to more than 90 chapters and clubs in 24 countries. The Ohio Chapter has approximately 260 members, consisting of planner, supplier and student members. Our Chapter is dedicated to the advancement of the meeting profession by providing excellent educational opportunities, networking and as a worldwide resource for information. We meet on the third Wednesday of the month for educational lunch meetings featuring nationally known speakers. In addition MPIOH provides REACH programs that are in various cities throughout Ohio and are designed to be shorter less formal education forums to give all of our members an opportunity to network and obtain continuing education. We also hold an annual Mid-America Education Conference together with the Kentucky Blue Grass chapter of MPI. We offer many wonderful opportunities to work with your colleagues in the industry, create valuable partnerships and to be a leader in the meetings industry.


Event Location

The event is staged and located at Lower McCorkle Park, 200 McCutheon Rd., Gahanna 43230. Lower McCorkle Park is accessed off of Olde Ridenour Road. For directions from your location:

Course Map


Shirts and Awards

Shirt Guarantee

All participants who register before August 30 will be guaranteed to receive a shirt in the size indicated during registration. Any size exchanges must be done on race day after the event.


The top overall male and female finishers will receive an award commemorating their finish. Awards will be distributed at the finish line after the event. No awards will be mailed or delivered.

Advanced Packet Pick-up

There is no advance packet pick-up. You can pick-up your packet beginning Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. at the event site.

Event Schedule

  • September 17 7:30 AM EDT - Event Day: Check-in and Registration Begins

  • September 17 8:45 AM EDT - Event Day; Check-In and Registration Ends

  • September 17 8:45 AM EDT - Event Formation Begins

  • September 17 9:00 AM EDT - Event Start

Contact Information

Event Location

Gahanna, OH, United States

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